Mise en Scene. We've talked a lot about people having homes inspired by film, but it's not very often to find a film inspired by a home (well, except for maybe a few horror ones...) This week's LA Times House & Garden featured story is of filmmaker John August's 1924 Spanish/Mediterranean Hancock Park home, which in part was the inspiration for his latest film, The Nines, which is also his directorial debut.
Not only did August use his home in the film, he kept it completely untouched, without using any additional props or "fakery."
"'The script was written for that space, so if I lived somewhere else, the story would have changed,' he says. 'The middle section of the movie is autobiographical. It's supposed to be my house- and everything feels real because it is.'" The rest of the article goes through how the house came together, and where they got the furnishings. Personally, I prefer a separation between work and home, so I don't know if I could surrender my home for a film like August did, however, there is definitely something about using a "real" space that provides an ambiance that is very hard to replicate in a made up set. The Nines, comes out tomorrow, August 31, and there's a special screening at The Nuart in Santa Monica. Check out the slideshow and the rest of the article here.
Images by Mel Melcon for LAT