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EXCLUSIVE: The production design of ‘Black Swan’ (clip)

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 2:43 pm · November 29th, 2010

I’ve been wondering lately about the below-the-line aspects of “Black Swan” and whether they could find the proper respect even if the film doesn’t take off in the major races. Specifically I’m thinking about Matthew Libatique’s cinematography, Andrew Weisblum’s film editing, Craig Henighan and company’s sound design and Thérèse DePrez’s production design.

On the latter, we’re happy to bring an exclusive video clip spotlighting the design process of the film. These particulars are refined and thematically relevant throughout the film, but they really get vibrantly showcased in a final act that pulls together all of the various threads into one lengthy, jaw-dropping sequence that is no doubt what lingers long after you’ve left the theater.

In the clip, you’ll hear interviews with DePrez and director Darren Aronofsky, who says he has always wanted to work with the designer of films like “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “American Splendor” and “The Door in the Floor.” It’s a great look behind the scenes of the process of outwardly displaying the inner workings of the piece. Have a look after the jump.

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]




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  • 1 11-29-2010 at 3:05 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Sasha got the Natalie Portman profile exclusive, Tapley got the production design.

    Where can I find the Clint Mansell spotlight?

  • 2 11-29-2010 at 4:07 pm

    greg said...

    I was gonna as the same thing Matt

  • 3 11-29-2010 at 4:12 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    To my knowledge, there isn’t one.

  • 4 11-29-2010 at 4:36 pm

    Indiana said...

    Kris — I’ve noticed that you seem to be the most cautious in predicting BLACK SWAN for any of the majors, though I know you personally liked the film. Is that based on the fact you just remain convinced that the film is going to be too divisive? I just can’t imagine there won’t be more passionate supporters for the film than those of 127 HOURS (which I think is being way over estimated – a lot of Academy members refuse to even watch it), THE WAY BACK, THE TOWN etc.

    If we assume that even Portman is in and Aronofsky and the film itself entirely in the realm of possibility for Picture and director noms – it seems just as likely the film could score these tech nods as well.

    Its MOULIN ROUGE all over again.

  • 5 11-29-2010 at 5:53 pm

    Lance McCallion said...

    I can imagine this film being extremely popular among enthusiasts once it hits, and fairly widely admired in a lot of the individual circuits. I’m a bit more cautious about this than say, The Hurt Locker last year of course, but I could see it gaining a similar sizable force of extremely passionate supporters that could get somewhere in awards. Who knows.

  • 6 11-29-2010 at 5:55 pm

    James C said...

    Thank you for posting this. I’ll be very curious if Aronofsky’s film can get some technical nominations. Can’t wait to see this.