You can imagine my excitement when Academy Award Nominated Producer Richard Gladstein contacted me with a special project request. Richard was in the midst of producing Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming feature film, due for release January 2016, titled “The Hateful Eight”.
Described as an American western, the film is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Channing Tatum. Set some years after the Civil War in Wyoming, the movie revolves around eight westerners who seek refuge in a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass during a blizzard.
Richard wanted me to create unique snow globes featuring the top-secret movie set in miniature, to be given as gifts to the entire cast and crew. I’ve been a huge fan of Kurt Russell for as long as I remember, so to think of him owning one of my snow globes is amazing. And as a fan of Tarantino’s work, I really feel blessed to be a part of this film’s place in the history books.
The design was super detailed and took quite a few revisions to get perfect – Richard was adamant that the snow globe recreate their primary shooting location and set they built in Colorado with authenticity and creativity so that the cast and crew would be reminded of the place they spent months filming in. I knew exactly where he was coming from, so we worked really hard to ensure the colors and layout reflected that intention. Richard was a delight to work with and I think we both thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of making the scene come to life, within that snowy miniature world.
This snow globe is such an incredibly intricate design, representing the main location in great detail and authenticity. It has an entirely organic feel to it and is rustic and raw. Personally, I feel this snow globe represents the pinnacle of my work so far with Queen Of Snow Globes. The photographs are amazing, but to see it in person is even better. Thanks go to my sculpting, painting and assembly team who have done an incredible job with this design.
The globes were given to the entire cast and crew after filming finished, and I received a personal call from Richard to let me know how much everyone loves them. We also then completed a follow-up production run for The Weinstein Company, with those pieces being distributed to fellow industry influentials in the Oscars season.
This project was such an honor for my company to produce, and it will go down in history as one of my most exciting projects ever.