Category Archives: Film

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A Story of Movie Posters


That Thing You Drew

Story by Anton Adianto 

For many people, unwinding on the weekend with a good movie in a cozy cinema is a luxury that is guaranteed to wash away the fatigue and stress caused by their daily workloads. Stepping inside the theater building, moviegoers are immediately distracted by a wide selection of film posters. Posters are one of the most effective promotional tools for a film, usually created with bold designs and with a history that dates back almost a century.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (76thEdition) in 2016.


The Most Memorable Hotels in Movie



Let’s Check In!

Story by Anton Adianto

Hotels, from cheap lodgings to swanky five-star landmarks, often feature center stage on the big screen. Some films even use hotel names as their movie title, such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – although the hotels in these two movies do not actually exist in real life! There are, however, hundreds of films shot on location in actual hotels. The following hotels have appeared, as themselves, in a string of well-known movies. Some have even become established icons because of their starring roles on the silver screen.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (75th Edition) in 2016.

World’s 6 Most Beautiful Cinema Designs



Cinema Sensation

Story by Anton Adianto

Spending time in front of the screen is arguably everyone’s favorite pastime nowadays. This includes watching the news or some thrilling TV series, enjoying the latest video clip on YouTube, or checking out a blockbuster movie using the Blu-ray equipment in the luxury of one’s private home theater. Yet for most people the beauty of enjoying a film comes from going to the cinema and watching their favorite film with scores or hundreds of other people. Indeed, the sensation and atmosphere is hard to beat by other entertainment means. Actor Tom Hanks sums it up nicely, “The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.” And today, many of the world’s cinemas are designed beautifully with exceptional grace and elegance, extravagance and sophistication, bringing along their individual historical values.

They are Kino International (Berlin, Germany), Ciné de Chef (Seoul, South Korea), Cinémathèque Française (Paris, France), Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas (Mexico & USA), Electric Cinema (London, UK) & Castro Theatre (San Francisco, USA).

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (72nd Edition) in 2016.

Best Interior Designs in Film



Unfading Beauty

Story by Anton Adianto

Visual charm in a movie’s interior design is largely influenced by its décor. Impeccable works by art directors and set decorators are keys to bringing out impressive settings that support the essence of the story. Precise furniture placement and detailed ornamentation are some of the major success indicators of a film to present the perfect set design. It is more impressive to note that some production designers in a film have proven to be vastly knowledgeable about interior design as well as history of architecture. It is therefore completely understandable how their works in certain films could inspire a lot of professional interior and product designers in creating their works today.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (69th Edition) in 2015.

8 Luxurious Cars in Film



Geared for Grandeur

Story by Anton Adianto

The Guinness Book of Records notes that the most expensive car ever purchased was a 1963 model Ferrari 250 GTO, bought by an anonymous private buyer from Paul Pappalardo, a Connecticut-based car collector, for US$52 million. On film, expensive cars abound, especially with the large number of films depicting fast cars and racing plots, complete with their luxurious settings. Notable vehicles driven by the likes of Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, and Nicolas Cage, are just several of the most coveted items wanted by private collectors around the world. Even more impressive is that the value of those cars multiplies significantly, compared with their original price, after appearing for just a few minutes on the silver screen.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (67th Edition) in 2015.

Top 12 Unforgettable Houses in Film



Houses That Have Become Unforgettable

Story by Anton Adianto

Human beings are not the only beings who need a shelter or a place to live. In fact, a dwelling is one of the basic needs of most of living creatures on earth. This place to live becomes one of the aspects of reality that is brought to life on the big screen. Some of the houses depicted in the movies are especially constructed for the film while others make use of existing structures. Regardless of the plot, several homes that have been immortalized on screen managed to enjoy as much fame as the actors, screenwriters and directors due to their unforgettable enchantment.


This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (66th Edition) in 2015.

James Bond’s Most Famous Gadgets Ever


A Bond with Gadgets

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by  Eon Productions, MGM/UA, United Artists & Columbia Pictures

Ian Fleming would never have believed that his novel “Casino Royale,” penned in 1953, would give birth to arguably the world’s most famous fictional character, James Bond. Since venturing into the big screen in 1962, tales about the classy, womanizing British Secret Service Agent have featured hundreds of state of-the-art gadgets, many of which are still unthinkable to be produced even today–from the first film Dr. No to the latest, Skyfall, screened 50 years later.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (65th Edition) in 2014.