While Art Deco is fairly well known and surely conjures up images of the roaring 20's and awesome skyscrapers for most people, there are actually many different styles to be found within it. For me, and for this film, the main influences are Cassandre and Tamara de Lempicka. Maybe a little Erté. Here are some of my favorites:
Tadeusz de Lempicka by Tamara de Lempicka
Poster for the French Line by Cassandre
Top Hats by Erté
What I like about Art Deco, specifically these artists, is that they really emphasize the geometry of the shapes. The squares, the triangles, the circles. I especially like how de Lempicka does this in her figure paintings. I also like the volumetric quality of their paintings, which gives these shapes a sense of mass. This is perhaps why Erté is less of an influence, because his style is very flat and graphical. Still pretty cool though. What I do like is the sense of space.
So Art Deco is the inspiration for my film, but it is not a constraint. I don't want to replicate the look. Rather, I want to take these works of art as a springboard and jump right off it. I want them to be an inspiration, not the end goal. I want to keep the geometric feel, the volume, and the space. However, I think I want it to be a little grittier. A roughed up Art Deco, if you will. That is where Nate comes in with his awesome paintings. He'll be posting some stuff in the coming days. Stay tuned.