“It is not so that the good detective should act, eh? I perceive your thought. He must be full of energy. He must rush to and fro. He should prostrate himself on the dusty road and seek the marks of tyres through a little glass. He must gather up the cigarette-end, the fallen match? That is your idea, is it not?”

His eyes challenged us. “But I - Hercule Poirot - tell you that it is not so! The true clues are within - here!” He tapped his forehead. “See you, I need not have left London. It would have been sufficient for me to sit quietly in my rooms there. All that matters is the little grey cells within. Secretly and silently they do their part, until suddenly I call for a map, and I lay my finger on a spot - so - and I say: the Prime Minister is there! And it is so! With method and logic one can accomplish anything!”

- Agatha Christie, Poirot Investigates: The Kidnapped Prime Minister


Happy Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright! One of the most influential architects in history, Wright undoubtably had an impact on Hollywood. A famous example of Wright’s presence in cinema is Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST. 

Hitchcock knew he wanted a Modernist house like one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for one of the settings of NORTH BY NORTHWEST, but he couldn’t afford Wright’s fee. 

So Hitchcock decided to build a house that looked like one Wright would have designed. Since the top of Mt. Rushmore was too fragile to build on, Hitchcock’s team built what came to be known as The Vandamm House off-site.

The exterior was a matte painting, a pre-digital effect when a real set or location was combined with a painting, and the interior was created on a soundstage. Certain shots would blend the sets together with special effects to create the illusion that the house was real. 

i built a house! really, really inspired by up concept art, i swear it’s GORGEOUS!!! 

this one is for the gang, because what more do i want than three gems in a balloon-propelled house? + i tried to make it look like serpentine’s laboratory was built into the mountain long after the house was built, which is entirely accurate, let’s be real.


Photos from the National Theater’s new revival of “Amadeus” by Peter Schaffer.

Love the diverse cast and the fact that they have a live orchestra onstage! I think it’s a great way to really make the music in the piece (and there is a lot) come alive. 

It’s a very vibrant color pallet (the golds, the green, check out Constanze’s dresses!) and an interesting architectural set design. Is that a hydraulic orchestra pit?

I wonder if the opulence of the costumes/lighting paired with the harsher set and “modern” clothes of some of the cast and musicians is meant to highlight the genius/mediocrity theme of the play. 

This is one of my favorite shows, I wish I could go see it!