Friday, February 1st, 2013 As Oscar night approaches, we reflect back on set design that made a lasting impression

Movie Sets 2012: Moonrise Kingdom


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As we close in on Oscar night, I’m trying to remember all the movies I saw in 2012. It’s kind of funny how quickly some of them fly out of your head while others make a deep impression. The one with the best sets and locations that most captured my imagination was Moonrise Kingdom.

They nailed a moment in time that brings on nostalgia, a time when kids would lie on the floor around a record player or a board game together. The beach house and its nautical paintings, braided rugs, splashes of plaid and its nooks and crannies  reminds me of renting funky beach houses full of second-rate furniture for two weeks every summer. There’s also a timeless sense of New England that’s never gone away. This style includes Grey Gardens-esque hand-me-down wicker furniture and madras pants.

From the house we move over to the junior camp and discover that someone is missing from his plaid-lined tent with another the braided rug:

Next we get to climb up into the most ridiculous secret tree/clubhouse we’ve ever seen:

Speaking of perches, one of the most picturesque lighthouses provides the perfect lookout:

Running away takes the star crossed kiddos through amazing locations from vast fields to wonderful woods full of rock outcroppings and secret beaches:

The spaces tell us about the characters, whether it’s how a kid chooses to furnish a tent or the fact that the local sheriff spends most of his time in small spaces, from the tiny island police station to the small trailer he lives in.

Did any movies sets leave an indelible impression on you in 2012? Let us know in the comments section.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. visualingual says:

    February 3rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm (#)

    OMG, I absolutely loved everything about Moonrise Kingdom! The visual mood, the acting, the story, it was all just so perfect.

    In a different way, I think Argo also used sets and costumes really well to give a sense of time and place without hitting you over the head with 70s kitsch. For instance, the scenes in the embassy were really claustrophobic to dovetail with the group’s feeling trapped in their predicament.

  2. Becky says:

    February 4th, 2013 at 9:00 am (#)

    Maya, I am such a loser, I skipped out on the three times I planned to see Argo at the theater, so I am waiting for the DVD to come out in the next week or so. Can’t wait to see it and check out those sets.

  3. visualingual says:

    February 8th, 2013 at 8:47 am (#)

    I meant to say the ambassador’s house, not the embassy… You can see some photos here. Everything has a dated look to it, without kitsch. Argo is really good and, while I’ve never liked Affleck as an actor, I think he’s turning into an excellent director. Check it out sometime!

  4. Creative Flooring says:

    February 22nd, 2013 at 2:51 am (#)

    Hey!! even I never watched the movie.. but i m currently very much excited to experience those sets through the movies..

  5. jerry says:

    March 6th, 2013 at 11:01 am (#)

    I loved that movie!!!

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