Saturday, January 6, 2007

Anton Grot
















Anton Grot was the Art Director at Warner Brothers Studios from the late twenties through the '40s. He had started working in movies in 1913, so he was already very experienced when he started at Warners. He created sketches for set designs that are brillliant works of art in their own right. He would create the set-up for the "Master Shot" for a scene, and then this is all the set that would be built - sometimes incorporating false perspective, so the set could only be photographed from one camera angle, or it would look fake. (an example of how good design makes good business sense) The collection of Grot's originals is at UCLA Library, and years ago I asked permission to take pictures of some of these. (I had an alumni card at the library) They've since gotten more strict about taking pictures - I think these pieces should be in a museum for people to see - they're relatively small (most are about 4x5 inches - some smaller) and drawn in pencil on paper, but they reallly show how the "Warner Brothers look" really came from his designs. Enjoy.

4 comments:

Shawn said...

Amazing artwork! The other day I was looking over the Anton Grot pictures you sent me...they just make me realize how much I need to practice. Haha! Good stuff!

Sanvi said...

Very very interesting blog. Thanks for all.

Nate said...

Wow.

Larry Dominguez said...

Back in the summer of '86 I viewed the Anton Grot collection at UCLA and was allowed to take photos. I agree, this collection should be on view. Many of the sketches are small. I found thumbnail sketches to 'Mystery of the Wax Museum' in color. I found a smaller sketch of Queen Elizabeth's throne room that you have and it was also in color. Plus a large variety of ideas of sets with forced perspective. The collection had a large sketch of the big set for the 'Shanghai Lil' number in 'Footlight Parade'. And there was even a couple of sketches of an amazing warship with a Trojan Horse prow for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. I want to thank you for posting these sketches to share with us. Many I have and many I do not. Some day we must compare are Grot albums.