Oscars for Hugo

These Oscars in particular are specially significant to Michael Start at The House of Automata. Many hours were spent selecting and arranging the horological detail and designing in automata authenticity.
“I remember in particular one evening sitting on Hugo’s stool in his train station apartment, exhausted from a long day of selecting and arranging tools and automata parts, draping cloths and emptying boxes of dust and metal filings. I needed to get in touch with the automata makers needs, make the workshop absolutely complete. I heard footsteps behind me in the deserted set and the set designer Francesca Lo Schiavo made her way into the gloom and debris strewn room, put her hand on my shoulder and said “Michael …you are a magician”, a lovely moment for me”.


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