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Five Days at Memorial Production Designer Matthew Davies on Recreating the Hospital and Hurricane Katrina’s Wrath

September 22, 2022 | By
<i>Five Days at Memorial</i> Production Designer Matthew Davies on Recreating the Hospital and Hurricane Katrina’s Wrath

On Aug. 23, 2005, the unimaginable watery wrath of Hurricane Katrina engulfed and devastated New Orleans. Five Days At Memorial, which is now streaming in full on Apple TV+, is the incredible true story of how caregivers handled the deterioration of their hospital and the chaos that ensued while trying to care for the... »

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... »

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... »

Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Bo Welch on Creating the Colorful and Fantastical World of Schmigadoon!

July 25, 2022 | By
Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Bo Welch on Creating the Colorful and Fantastical World of <i>Schmigadoon!</i>

In the musical theater world, there is an age-old trope that insists a character must break out into song if they can no longer express themselves with words. Indeed, musicals have been entertaining audiences on stage and on film with elaborate song and dance numbers since the 1940s. Last July, Apple TV+ raised the... »

Mayor of Kingstown Production Designer John Willett on Shooting in a Prison During a Pandemic & Designing Depressing Sets

July 15, 2022 | By
<i>Mayor of Kingstown</i> Production Designer John Willett on Shooting in a Prison During a Pandemic & Designing Depressing Sets

The fading town of Kingstown, Michigan is a town that’s supported by prisons — seven of them in all, housing 20,000 people, within a 10-mile radius. The prisons, and the economic infrastructure that supports them, have replaced former factories and warehouses. Prison isn’t just a way of life to these people, it’s their entire... »

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”... »

Only Murders in the Building Production Designer Curt Beech on Treating the Arconia Like a Living, Breathing Character

June 24, 2022 | By
<i>Only Murders in the Building</i> Production Designer Curt Beech on Treating the Arconia Like a Living, Breathing Character

Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez… and the Arconia. Though it’s a fictional building, it — along with the apartments belonging to Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), Oliver Putman (Short), and Mabel Mora’s (Gomez) aunt — feels as real as any other character on Hulu’s hit mystery comedy series. The... »

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... »

Set Decorators Announce Television Nominees for SDSA Awards, Where Lizzo Will Take on Harry Potter

June 15, 2022 | By
Set Decorators Announce Television Nominees for SDSA Awards, Where Lizzo Will Take on Harry Potter

The Set Decorators Society of America has announced the nominations for the SDSA Awards Television – 2021, which celebrates excellence in the art of Set Decoration for Television. Click here to watch the announcement on SETDECOR’s YouTube channel, where the awards presentation will also be streamed live on Aug. 2. HBO has multiple nominees... »