Ray Eames at the Picnic

The first version of Powers of Ten, known as Rough Sketch, was made by the Office of Charles and Ray Eames in 1968. The picnic for this version was filmed outside the Office at 901 Washington Boulevard in Venice, California.  Here Ray is seen setting the picnic in this production shot from the Eames Office archives in Santa Monica.

Ray Eames designs the picnic for "Rough Sketch"

Ray designs the picnic for Rough Sketch

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  1. Posted December 10, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for sharing this, and other “behind the scenes images” from the film! Where did you find them? Do you have access to other images, or more information on the production of the film? I’m trying to track down the names and info of the reading material arranged on the picnic blanket in the film. (I’ve identified 3 of the 5 items so far… the 2 magazines and the “Voices of Time” book… But the “clock book” and the red book under the woman’s elbow are particularly difficult to identify. Any help would be greatly appreciated!)

    • Posted December 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tommy. Glad you’ve enjoyed these production posts. I’m working with archival materials held at the Eames Office in Santa Monica, California. The entire archive of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames is held by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.. If you want to do deep research on production of “Powers of Ten”, that is where you’d find the most materials. We have some photos and reference materials here which I’ve used for these posts and I’d be happy to share images we have if you’re in the neighborhood. I’ve not seen a list of props for the picnic. I’ve checked our other production shots and don’t have anything that clearly reveals the books you’ve not been able to identify, but I will look further and let you know if I come up with any clues.

      • Tommy Rainwater
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        Thanks so much David! I finally found the “clock” book through some exhaustive searching on the intertubes. It’s a Time-Life book from the mid 1960′s. Snagged it on eBay! Now if I could just find that last book… maybe I’ll peruse the Library of Congress website. Thanks again!

        • David
          Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

          Thanks for the update–great sleuthing! I’ve had a chance to do some close scans of images with the red book that should give you some more clues. The resolution is not great, but you can see some words and the cover layout. I’m sending them to your email account.

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