niels sejer / production designer . architect maa / films, fascinations and the space

 
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Yellowbird Films (SE) / Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

The production design of Girl with The Dragon Tattoo has two main levels, the physical world of sets and locations and the stream of informations that tie the characters together and tie the present to the past. For this production we decided to focus as much energy on the 'information stream' as on the physical world, and went on to create a whole universe of old family photos, staged parades, magazines, archives and screen 'props' of very kind.

As these things are shown so much better on the movie, I decided to only show thumbnails and images relating to one main set: The Cottage at the Vanger Mansion that was created outside Stockholm (exterior) and in the studio (interior).

BAFTA Award 2011 (best foreign film)

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