Posted by: steveonfilm | April 20, 2008

1950s-1960s Furniture Fetish

I’ve always had a thing for retro style furniture. Especially anything from the 1950s and 1960s. I don’t know why. I just love the minimalist ideals, designs, and colors. Metal desk fans. Exposed steel desks. Brown office couches. All of it.

Needless to say, this shows up a lot in my writing. Specifically when I write offices. For example, in “Bystander,” the chief antagonist Patricia’s office was inspired by something I saw in a French movie made in the early 60s. Barren. Cold. Just a desk, computer monitor, and a chair.

Tom’s basement office workspace in “One Day At A Time” is like that as well. I was browsing around the internet looking for pictures that best represent what I’m looking. Then I saw this:

Tom\'s Workspace

Now I don’t know why, but I saw this shot and said, “That’s it, that’s Tom’s workspace. Just swap out the wood tile for cement and a rug, and get rid of the tree, and this it it.” I’ve always imagined that Tom’s workspace was something that his grandmother decorated after they moved in. She wanted a home office for her husband. And well, they just left it that way.

So, there you have it. That’s how I came up with Tom’s workspace. How do the rest of you come up with ideas for intimate areas in your screenplays? Bedrooms? Kitchens? Cottages? Coffee houses? Places that need a certain feeling to them.




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