We had gotten the brief from the producer. Of course we wanted the job badly, but people rarely want to work with you if you seem desperate, and they rarely want to hire you if you show arrogant disinterest in their project.
So it's a fine line to walk.
We typically, at least when dealing with the endangered species known as "professionals", will work up three design variations. In this case, the director (Frank Oz) had a pretty clear idea of style. So we asked Ron Barrett, Ivan Brunetti and Phil Marden to work up some models based on a storyboard Brian created.
Today is Marvin Gaye's birthday.
Here's a clip we did for the American Masters documentary on Marvin Gaye that aired a few months back.
The film was directed by Sam Pollard.
These projects are all the more rewarding when you have a personal connection to the material. On childhood drives my father would quiz me about the artists on the radio. Just "Who sings this?", but for an eight year old that's not a simple question. I could always get Marvin Gaye, though. My father had a 4 LP set -I think the cover was pink, and I knew all eight sides note for note.