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"Unicorn" Movie: Tintin's house

#1 · Posted: 22 Sep 2014 16:35 · Edited by: Moderator
Hi guys!
In the movie, The Adventures of Tintin, I noticed his house and all the decorations and stuff...
Since I haven't read all the Tintin books, I'd like to know if it is inspired by a picture in the comics or did they just make it themselves, because it is all so flawlessly like his character and personality?

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#2 · Posted: 23 Sep 2014 09:53
It's very clearly modeled after the bits of Tintin's flat seen in the books; however, the layout and decor drawn by Hergé are not exactly consistent between stories, and the images are not that detailed.
So the film-makers had to produce a composite incorporating many of the familiar elements, such as the large red arm chair, the table by the window, the fire-place with the mantle clock, and the shelves and desk in his study, to which they then added touches such as the mementos of Tintin's adventures, the framed newspaper clippings, and the notes, maps and research which point to Tintin being a journalist.

The book The Art of The Adventures of Tintin covers this, and other design challenges in making the movie. For example, when they came to try to produce a working plan of the layout of the flat, and the house in Labrador Road, there was a problem which meant that if you tried to place the front door of the flat in relation to the stairs and landing outside, the flat would actually have been jutting into the building next door, so they had to tweak things there.

They spent a lot of time getting the environment to reflect Tintin's life and character - it's neat, without being fussy, the furniture is worn, but not cheap or flimsy, his research is copious but ordered, etc.
They also added authenticity to it by making sure that the designs and styles they used were period, and where possible Belgian.

So for example, they found a blue jug in a frame of The Shooting Star; that then was matched to a real blue enameled metal jug from the thirties or forties, and that was placed in Tintin's flat in the film. Likewise, a reference was found for the upholstery fabric of the red chairs.

Touches like this might not be immediately noticeable, but they give a sort of "texture" to the settings which act on the viewer.

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