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Submissions for 27th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Open on Monday, Sept. 19

September 14, 2022 | By
Submissions for 27th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Open on Monday, Sept. 19

Television and Feature Film submissions for the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) 27th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards will open on Monday, September 19, 2022. The online submission forms may be accessed at adg.org. The ADG Awards gala will be held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on... »

Bullet Train Production Designer David Scheunemann on Researching Japan, His Core Creative Team, and How Covid Helped His Process

August 31, 2022 | By
<i>Bullet Train</i> Production Designer David Scheunemann on Researching Japan, His Core Creative Team, and How Covid Helped His Process

David Leitch‘s action-thriller Bullet Train has been in theaters for a few weeks now, and though the star-studded cast is likely what has been driving audiences to theaters, once audiences have seen the movie, they’re likely to appreciate the film’s marvelous production design as much as its talented ensemble. Production Designer David Scheunemann was... »

Union Roundup: ADG’s Ongoing Controversy Begs the Question, ‘Who Watches the Watchmen?’

August 3, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: ADG’s Ongoing Controversy Begs the Question, ‘Who Watches the Watchmen?’

So if you’ve been kind enough to be a regular reader of this space, you not only have an interest in the labor side of the film and TV biz but are doubtless already apprised of the latest union imbroglio — namely the somewhat ironic situation where workers in the Art Directors Guild office... »

Succession, Stranger Things, Obi-Wan Kenobi Big Winners at SDSA Awards Television 2021

August 3, 2022 | By
<I>Succession</i>, <I>Stranger Things</i>, <i>Obi-Wan Kenobi</i> Big Winners at SDSA Awards Television 2021

The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) has announced the awards recipients for the SDSA Awards Television-2021, celebrating excellence in the art of Set Decoration for Television for its second year.  Some of the winners included the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things; one of Lucasfilm‘s more recent Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi; and HBO‘s unstoppable drama, Succession. The SDSA Awards winners... »

National Labor Relations Board Finds That ADG’s Chuck Parker “Unlawfully” Fired Former Accountant Nicole Oeuvray

August 1, 2022 | By
National Labor Relations Board Finds That ADG’s Chuck Parker “Unlawfully” Fired Former Accountant Nicole Oeuvray

An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board has found that Chuck Parker, the national executive director of the Art Directors Guild, “unlawfully” fired longtime ADG accountant Nicole Oeuvray “in retaliation” for her efforts in leading the push to unionize the guild’s staff. Deadline broke the news, pointing to a 38-page decision... »

Nope Production Designer Ruth De Jong on Helping Jordan Peele Build His Vision From the Ground Up

July 27, 2022 | By
<i>Nope</i> Production Designer Ruth De Jong on Helping Jordan Peele Build His Vision From the Ground Up

When a filmmaker like Jordan Peele who’s coming off back-to-back hits — Get Out and Us — is ready to make their third movie and hire their department heads, they can literally call upon almost any below-the-line worker they want, from award-winning veterans to industry newcomers. When it came to designing Nope, Peele’s new... »

Art Directors Guild Sets 2023 Date for 27th Annual Awards Show

July 11, 2022 | By
Art Directors Guild Sets 2023 Date for 27th Annual Awards Show

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has announced the date and timeline for its 27th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards honoring Production Design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, animated features and music videos. The awards will return to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on Saturday, February 18, 2023, as announced... »

Hacks Production Designer Alec Contestabile on Taking the Hit HBO Max Series on the Road in Season 2

June 26, 2022 | By
<i>Hacks</i> Production Designer Alec Contestabile on Taking the Hit HBO Max Series on the Road in Season 2

Hacks stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder get a lot of credit for the success of the HBO Max show along with its multi-hyphenate creators, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky — and rightfully so. But Hacks would not have earned 15 Emmy nominations its first time out of the gate had “JPL”... »

Elvis Producer Catherine Martin, Who Also Served as Costume and Production Designer, on Helping Her Husband Baz Luhrmann Bring an Icon Back to Life

June 23, 2022 | By
<i>Elvis</i> Producer Catherine Martin, Who Also Served as Costume and Production Designer, on Helping Her Husband Baz Luhrmann Bring an Icon Back to Life

Catherine Martin is just an incredible craftsperson, an amazing woman who has won four Oscars for her work with her husband, director Baz Luhrmann — two each for her costumes and production design for Moulin Rouge! in 2001 and The Great Gatsby in 2013. She has been Luhrmann’s production designer going back to Strictly Ballroom... »

Loki Production Designer Kasra Farahani on the TVA’s Visual Influences & Building the Alien City of Shuroo

June 9, 2022 | By
<i>Loki</I> Production Designer Kasra Farahani on the TVA’s Visual Influences & Building the Alien City of Shuroo

One craft that has always stood out in Marvel Studios’ various productions, whether they be theatrical releases or streaming series on Disney+, is the work of the art department, which has a lush world to play in given the distinctly different corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That is particularly the case with last year’s Loki, whose... »