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Joe Wright | Joseph Wright
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While living in Kyoto] When I feel I have learned what I can about the Japanese culture and people, I will move on. In the society of our time, movie-goers are world travelers and can readily spot discrepancies in the sets we create - and in widescreen processes every minute detail is magnified many times over. An art director must never stop expanding his knowledge.
While preparing "Oklahoma""" a full year in advance of production, Wright studied weather records for the location and discovered that they showed that the area was subject to horrible spring floods. Over the objections of budget-conscious producers, he insisted that $15,000 be spent on constructing a dam. The floods ultimately came as predicted and saved over $250,000 worth of sets.