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Tango Films, LLC Collection of Film Production Material MS.138
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Series 1: Production Design Materials

Scope and Contents

This series mostly features material created in the process of production design for the film "Hugo" and consists of images used as reference during filmmaking. Included are scene draftings, reference iamges for props and sets, and photos of shooting locations. Additional material includes blueprints used for "The Aviator" and continuity photographs for "The Edge of Darkness."
Box 1-3

Draftings and Concept Art- working copies 2010

Scope and Contents

Draftings were drawn by various artists under production designer Dante Ferretti. Box 3, Folders 2-8 feature a combination of draftings, reference images, and CG renderings originally found together in binders. Two original pencil renderings are found in Box 3, Folder 2. Storyboards and concept art are found in Box 4.

Processing Information

Over 1000 individual numbered draftings were originally divided and filed in 7 binders with ranges 001-149, 150-299, 300-449, 450-599, 600-749, 750-899, and 900-1007.
Box 3, Folders 2-8 were originally in 7 individual binders and moved to individual corresponding folders.
Box 7-13

Draftings- oversized originals 2010

Physical Description: These draftings are replicated in their entirety in Box 3-5 in a smaller and more manageable format. Researchers should request those boxes for easier handling.

Processing Information

Originally stored in 15 shipping tubes.
Box 14

set decorating department drawings 2010

Physical Description: Came in a tube labeled "SET DECORATING DEPARTMENT DRAWINGS"; drawings are numbered SD1- SD138.
Box 14


Scope and Contents

Eighteen blueprints of Howard Hughes aircraft from the film "The Aviator."
Box 3-5

Reference Images

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs of trains, clocks, and other items used as reference for production design for the film "Hugo." Oversized material in Box 3.

Processing Information

Images were removed from original binders.
Box 5, Folders 11-33

Shooting Locations

Processing Information

Material was originally in one binder divided into 23 tabs representing each shooting location. Each tab is now in a respective folder with the tab's label transferred to the folder's label. Folder 11 contains a map of all 23 locations.
Box 6

Scene Continuity Photographs 2009

Processing Information

These materials were originally stored in two binders and left in their original photo sheets.

Scope and Contents

These photos were used to maintain continuity while filming different scenes in the film "The Edge of Darkness."

Series 2: Costume Design Materials

Map-case 4, Drawer 10, Folder 1


Scope and Contents

Two paper patterns are included, one for character "Mama Jeanne" and one labeled "Hitler."


Processing Information

Bolts and scraps of fabric arrived in plastic bags containing papers identifying the costume piece that was created from the fabric, and the character that wore the costume. The exact language from these identifiers was used to name individual items in the finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Fabrics are identified by character and costume piece.
Box 14

"Inspector: jacket (undyed)"

Physical Description: complete bolt of red felt fabric
Box 14

"Young George suit"

Physical Description: Georges suit; bolt of grey cloth with three additional treated and labeled fabric samples: 1. "dyed" 2. "fabric paint sprayed then lightly wiped with damp sponge" 3. "fabric paint sprayed"
Box 14

"Frick: Gala suit"

Physical Description: bolt of pin-striped fabric along with two smaller samples (black satin or silk and blue & white striped samples)
Box 14

"Station inspector: suit"

Physical Description: beige and teal velvet samples
Box 14


Physical Description: burgundy lining with sewed-in black trim; small scrap of black satin cloth; small piece of purple-grey satin cloth
Box 14

"Young Georges - Kingdom of the Fairies knight tunic; also Mama Jeanne - bee outfit"

Physical Description: small sample of gold satin
Box 14

"Frick: bowtie & handkerchief"

Physical Description: red satin sample with black polka dots
Box 14

"(Chloe) Isabelle- jackets"

Physical Description: Two different types of dark navy wool- one patterned and one solid
Box 15

"Tabard suit"

Physical Description: Two large bolts of brown wool fabric with orange stipes
Box 16

"Labisse: suit + spats"

Physical Description: Includes a full red and grey striped wool jacket prototype, along with scraps of the same material, and a small scrap of grey velvet fabric labeled "spats."
Box 17

"Frick suit"

Physical Description: Large pieces of dark green and tan corduroy cloth
Box 18

"Frick suit" extra

Processing Information

Extra tan corduroy from Box 8
Box 18

"Inspector: coat"

Physical Description: Navy and red wool pieces; one small piece of gold trim
Box 18

"Inspector: uniform; fabric wrong color"

Physical Description: large sample of peacock color velvet cloth
Box 19

"Crowd/ seamstress: blouses"

Physical Description: Nine different patterned samples are represented, and a few sleeve prototypes are included.
Box 19

"Mama Jeanne- Gala dress"

Physical Description: black silk scraps; black and rose lace scraps