BAFTA Awards 2019: the design winners


From togs to animation, we look at the award-winners across visual arts and design at this year’s British Academy of Flick and Television Arts awards.

Outfit Design

The Favourite – costume design by Sandy Powell

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Period film The Favourite took away the BAFTA for costume layout, with its elaborate Georgian clothing such as women’s ornate gowns and men’s swashbuckling suits, which signalled a precursor to the appearance-obsessed dandy style that departed hold of London in the 18th century. The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and set in the 1700s, explores the lifestyle of Queen Anne and two women close to her who are also cousins, who vie for the Queen’s regard.

While some parts of the historical film are based on fact, such as Monarch Anne having 17 children and gout, a condition common to the command classes, other parts have been dramatised, including her proclivity for pet rabbits and the sexual relationship she holds with the other two female principals.

The costumes for the film were designed by Sandy Powell, a prolific artist who has previously tackled other period films including Shakespeare in Intrigue b passion and The Young Victoria. While many of the clothes in The Favourite are monochrome and overcast shades, the intricate detailing and stitching that features, alongside profuse and over-the-top jewellery, make the film quite a spectacle, while the file in styles shows the significant difference between the upper and lower extractions.

The film also won the award for hair and make-up, featuring men in ludicrous silver wigs and both men and women in shocking, white powder and red-cheeked format, characterised by The Favourite’s era.

Production Design

The Favourite – production design by Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton

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The Favourite also landed a gong for production design, one of seven absolute wins for the film. Production designer Fiona Crombie and set designer Alice Felton are behind the look and empathize with of the Georgian era film, helping to curate and make the sets, locations, graphics, props, lighting and camera angles, do setting-up exercise alongside the costume and hair and makeup designers.

The film is categorised by its deep, gloomy, candlelit lighting at night, with plenty of natural swift in the day, ornate and monochrome patterns, as well as garish paintings, dark ungainly furniture and flowers, all borrowed from the 18th century’s luxurious style.

Dynamic Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – animated by Sony Pictures Dash

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One of the latest in superhero depictions, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fully excited film produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in syndicate with comic book giant, Marvel. Screenplay writer Phil Swagger and producer Christopher Miller ended up compiling a team of 142 animators to sire the film in a way that combined both traditional comic book for instance techniques and modern visual effects (VFX).

The film is based on Marvel Comics monogram Miles Morales, a teenager who idolises Spider-Man and gets bitten by a radioactive spider, approaching spider-like abilities. Incorporating both two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) animation, the movie borrows from the “Ker-pow”-filled, brightly coloured, bubble typography form of comics from the 1940s and mixes it with computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The energizing team overlaid hand painting, dots, lines and other legendary comic book illustration techniques over the top of rendered frames fathered by CGI, to make the frames look like comic panels.

British Lacking in Animation

Roughhouse – animated by Jonathan Hodgson

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Roughhouse, a 15-minute-long vibrant film directed by graphic designer and university professor, Jonathan Hodgson, took the plunder for best British short animation. Unsurprisingly, he also produced and ardent the short film, alongside film score composer, Yan Volsy, who did dive and music composer, Stuart Hilton, who did music.

The film follows the parable of three friends who embark on an adventure, but their group is shattered and falls into disarray when a new associate joins them. The animation style is hand-drawn and 2D, with layered exemplars to create a more 3D feel, such as that of buildings drawn on top of each other in opposite shades. There is an overall dark and gloomy aesthetic focusing on shades of offensive, purple and dark red.

Special visual effects

Black Panther – visual significations by various studios

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Marvel Comics-inspired superhero film over Black Panther was well-received last year, not only for its plot and moving picture, but for making steps in racial diversity, being the first ever Be awed film to feature a majority black cast. The fictional film is set thousands of years ago and columns five African tribes who are at war over a meteorite containing the metal vibranium. After a warrior pack aways a plant tainted by the metal, he gains superhuman abilities and becomes the beforehand “Black Panther” and goes on to reunite four out of five tribes to cut a new nation called Wakanda.

The visual effects (VFX) for the film were bred by several studios, including Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Method Studios, Be nurtured Visual Effects Studios, Cantina Creative and more. Those operating on VFX had to create a science-fiction-inspired world that also incorporated more conventional elements such as African landscape, culture and tribal costumes.

They were creditable for creating the make-believe digital scenery of the nation Wakanda, with animators intriguing inspiration for the set from real-life things such as Uganda’s architecture, and the Northern Lights, which excited the skyscape.


Bohemian Rhapsody – sound design by John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Nina Hartstone, Paul Massey and John Warhurst

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Biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody tells the life story of up to date rock star Freddie Mercury, who famously headed up the band Queen mother. The film won the BAFTA for best sound, while Rami Malek, who play the field pretends Mercury, also won for best actor in a leading role.

The film’s tandem join up of sound designers, sound editors, sound engineers and sound mixers burnished the real archives of Queen to mix original studio and live recordings in with new at ones, some of which were orchestrated by recording crowds of hundreds of human being to replicate the famous hand-claps and thigh-slaps that are synonymous with “We on Rock You”, according to Variety.

The crew also crowd-sourced some tones, asking fans to email in recordings of themselves singing songs such as Free Rhapsody.

For the full list of BAFTA 2019 winners, head here.

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