Hashima Island, inspiration for production designs in Skyfall and Inception – now on Google Streetview

Hashima Island, commonly referred to as Gunkanjima, meaning “Battleship Island” in Japanese, is a former coal mining facility off the coast of south west Japan. At it’s peak in 1959, the island was home to 5,259 people. By 1974, the island’s mine had ceased to be economically viable and and the facility was abandoned. Though […]

BBC Ten O’Clock News studio backdrops – A quick review before they’re gone.

BBC News output underwent a comprehensive re-brand by Lambie Nairn in the spring of 2008. My contributions to this were the animated studio backdrops that played out in the Barco screens along three sides of the two studios. Working on the designs through my company, Lightwell and in collaboration with Jago Design (now BDA Set […]

BBC News makes an appearance in a Bond film.

Whilst watching Skyfall at the cinema last Autumn, I smiled when I saw (oh so briefly) my backdrops for the BBC News appear in one of the scenes. The whole BBC News set, including these digital sets are due to be retired later this month so it is nice for them to have acquired a […]

Skyfall, Shanghai and Jellyfish: Bending the rules when designing architecture for the screen

Coming away from watching Skyfall last weekend, the imagery that stuck most in my mind was that of the Shanghai office interior where James Bond intercepts the assassin, Patrice. Looking at the clip below from Trailer Addict (scroll to 35s) reveals that the scene is filmed entirely on set at Pinewood Studios and comprises a […]