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Last Night in Soho Production Designer Marcus Rowland Creates the Central Location for Edgar Wright Thriller

January 6, 2022 | By
<em>Last Night in Soho</em> Production Designer Marcus Rowland Creates the Central Location for Edgar Wright Thriller

If you’ve been a fan of Edgar Wright’s movies for a long time, you’re likely to have, at one point or another, marveled at some of the locations he’s captured on film. Wright’s most recent film, Last Night in Soho, is no exception, as it follows Thomasin McKenzie’s Eloise from her first experiences as... »

Artist Profile: In the Heights Production Designer Nelson Coates Tackles His Dream Musical on the Streets of New York City

December 30, 2021 | By
Artist Profile: <em>In the Heights</em> Production Designer Nelson Coates Tackles His Dream Musical on the Streets of New York City

Every once in a while it happens where a great interview you’ve done just gets away from you. Some may remember that back in July, we ran a piece with Production Designer Nelson Coates, talking us through a specific scene and musical number in Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights, and how that was... »

Nightmare Alley Production Designer Tamara Deverell Dives Headfirst into Guillermo del Toro’s Period Vision

December 28, 2021 | By
<em>Nightmare Alley</em> Production Designer Tamara Deverell Dives Headfirst into Guillermo del Toro’s Period Vision

Guillermo del Toro’s noir thriller Nightmare Alley may have its DNA in the ‘40s and the original novel by William Lindsay Gresham, but it’s just as much a del Toro movie, and that means that every scene just looks absolutely fantastic with many unique locations that just pull you into the story. The movie... »

Belfast Production Designer Jim Clay Helps Recreate Kenneth Branagh’s Childhood

December 24, 2021 | By
<em>Belfast</em> Production Designer Jim Clay Helps Recreate Kenneth Branagh’s Childhood

Two-time BAFTA-winning Production Designer Jim Clay teamed up for the fourth time in his career with Kenneth Branagh on the filmmaker’s passion project, Belfast. He previously had been nominated by the Art Directors Guild for his work on Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, as well as another nomination for Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of... »

Tragedy of Macbeth Production Designer Stefan Dechant on Its Grandly Minimalist Sets

December 22, 2021 | By
<em>Tragedy of Macbeth</em> Production Designer Stefan Dechant on Its Grandly Minimalist Sets

In Below the Line‘s earlier review, posted in conjunction with the 59th New York Film Festival, we noted that Joel Coen’s upcoming film The Tragedy of Macbeth is both an acting showcase and a technical marvel. Mary Zophres‘s costumes stand out for being so distinctive without being tethered to any particular time. The film is supposed to be... »

Art Directors Guild to Honor Denis Villeneuve with William Cameron Menzies Award

December 14, 2021 | By
Art Directors Guild to Honor Denis Villeneuve with William Cameron Menzies Award

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has announced that French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, best known for directing numerous legendary movies including the recent highly acclaimed film adaptation of Dune, will be the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award, which will be presented at the 26th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday, March 5,... »

Artist Profile: Lucifer Production Designer Alex Hajdu On His Past & The Future of His Craft

December 9, 2021 | By
Artist Profile: <em>Lucifer</em> Production Designer Alex Hajdu On His Past & The Future of His Craft

Alex Hajdu is on a roll. The veteran Production Designer spent several years working on Lucifer, starting with Season Three, and following its recent conclusion, he moved straight on to the CBS reboot of CSI: Vegas.  Truth be told, though, Hajdu has rarely been without work – and early on created that work for... »

Star Trek Scenic Artists Michael & Denise Okuda to Receive ADG Lifetime Achievement Award

November 22, 2021 | By
<em>Star Trek</em> Scenic Artists Michael & Denise Okuda to Receive ADG Lifetime Achievement Award

Scenic Artists Michael and Denise Okuda, best known for their creative designs for the Star Trek franchise and other iconic space adventure productions, will receive the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists (STG), at the 26th Annual ADG Awards. The Awards ceremony, set... »

The Conners Production Designer Jerry Dunn Gives Sitcom Homes A Familiar Comfort

November 18, 2021 | By
<em>The Conners</em> Production Designer Jerry Dunn Gives Sitcom Homes A Familiar Comfort

For the last four seasons, ABC‘s The Conners have been welcomed into our living rooms from theirs, situated in a modest home in Lanford, Illinois, that resembles your average Midwestern household. Most of the drama and laughter involving Dan (John Goodman) and his new bride Louise (Katy Segal), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Becky (Lecy Goranson), Darlene... »

Designing Dune with Patrice Vermette

November 12, 2021 | By
Designing <em>Dune</em> with Patrice Vermette

When Production Designer Patrice Vermette of Montreal, Canada undertook the task of bringing the world of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel Dune to life in three dimensions, he knew the challenge was monumental. Not only were there legions of fans of the original book, there had also been a 1984 film adaptation which was, in... »