Here is an object lesson in rewriting history.
Susan says, “I love this snippet of history and a nostalgic walk down memory lane. But, here’s the thing: there are some inconsistencies. The more specific the time period is specified the harder it is to conform. Take for example the movie Carol. Director Todd Haynes, worked from a book by Patricia Highsmith set in 1952 – not the fifties – specifically 1952. His research showed that America in 1952 was still feeling the economic and emotional effects of the war. Clothes tended to be well worn, buildings in need of sprucing, colors subdued, dress formal. His details were incredibly specific: nail polish and lipstick colors, the names and types of children’ toys, signs (no neon), even voice patterns and pacing. Now, can you spot the anomalies in the photo above? There is the coiled green key keeper and the red rubber bracelet, of course. I am not too sure whether the red button on the conductor’s hat or his haircut is right for the time. I really love how much care needs to go into a period piece or reproduction and how little mistakes can pop us right back to the present. And looking carefully is its own reward.”
Lucia says, “Susan very nicely pointed out the importance of attention to detail. One subtle mistake can distract an audience no matter how engrossed they are in a story. And so it goes with your presentation. One small design flaw can break the concentration of your audience. You can only hope it doesn’t happen while you’re making an important point. Be very careful to be consistent in your design. Be sure to check and re-check every detail of your presentation.”
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