Architecture and mise-en-scene is essential to hundreds of iconic Hollywood moments, and the Interiors online journal, now in its second year, is devoted to delving into the relationship between the drama and its background. A monthly collaboration between Armen Karaoghlanian, a cinematic arts graduate, and Mehruss Jon Ahi, working architect, who met at Burbank, California’s Woodbury University, each issue of Interiors focuses on one film at a time. The magazine starts out with a detailed essay on the use of space in each, and goes on to make blueprint-style maps to accompany the scenes they discuss.
The clean, minimalist maps also include a temporal element, tracking characters’ movements at different time cues in a scene and sometimes showing characters multiple times in a single space to convey the significance of certain nooks and corners. The maps, as well as the products of the magazine’s collaborations with several illustrators, are available as 8″ x 10″ and 11″ x 14″ prints from Interiors’s BigCartel store and are sure to please the OCD architecture and film buffs in your life. If you want a particular map, grab it while you can: The Verge noted that a poster for Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” video sold out completely and won’t be replaced.
The project also recalls the work of Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, whose hand-drawn maps of TV homes captured the imagination of the blogosphere this summer, albeit without Interiors’ focus and analysis. Click through for a bird’s-eye gallery of what really happened in your favorite movie scenes:
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