Monthly archives: September, 2018

My love and admiration for Frank Herbert’s masterpiece Dune is evident by now.  I am beyond excited to see Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation.  The recent editions of Mission Impossible’s Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet from Call Me By Your Name only continue to increase my anticipation.  

As I stated before with this version I tried to ignore as many influences from previous Dune works and approach it as if I was a production designer on my own version of Dune.  I tried to create 4 distinct worlds with cohesive aesthetics and color schemes.

The next installment in my Dune 2.0 line is that of House Corrino.  For this line I tried to incorporate the house symbol of the lion and their classic gold embellishments.  I added the color purple as it is the most regal.  I took inspiration from the Italian Renaissance and later nobility with the gilded and ornate filigree.  I created the Imperial throne as it seemed the most imposing way to show the power of the Padishah Emperor.  I had never seen a design of the Sardaukar the blended the right level of regal honor guard and fear inducing shock troops.  For the Bene Gesserit I tried to create certain symbols and imagery that I could repeat on the Reverend Mother and Alia Atreides.  I added the small touch of coloring the jewels on their vestments to the appropriate house, purple for Corrino and green for Attriedes. 

 


Arts Educator of the Year

Last week I was honored to be awarded the Nickel Plate Arts District Arts Educator of the Year Award.  It was the first time they gave such an award.  It was in recognition for my efforts in creating the Olio Road Productions company.  Each year I help students at Hamilton Southeastern High School create a completely original, student made, feature length film.  It was a great honor to attend the gala and to share the evening with my family and peers.

Here is the press release about the award.