The Menu
Art Direction

The Menu Production Designer Ethan Tobman on Creating Hawthorne, and Filling the Restaurant With Delicious-Looking (and Edible) Food

Mark Mylod‘s pitch-black satire The Menu is a devilishly fun poke at the high-end restaurant industry and the foodies who frequent such establishments. The film stars Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik, who regularly invites 12 well-to-do food enthusiasts to his remote island restaurant of Hawthorne for a mere $1,200 a head. But he’s not just preparing a meal for them, he’s preparing an experience. The Menu is set over the […]

Catherine Martin
Awards

Oscar-Winning Costume-Production-Set Designer Catherine Martin to Receive Australian Film Academy’s Highest Honor

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced that Oscar winner Catherine Martin, the veteran Costume, Production, and Set Designer, will receive its highest honor — the prestigious Longford Lyell Award. No Australian has won more Oscars than Martin, who has taken home four little gold men along with five BAFTAs and five Australian Film Institute Awards, plus a Tony Award and three AACTAs, as well as […]

Donald Lee Harris
Art Direction

Grey’s Anatomy Production Designer Donald Lee Harris Dead at 78

Production Designer Donald Lee Harris, whose credits include a long run on ABC‘s Grey’s Anatomy, as well as working on The Office, American Housewife, Malcolm in the Middle, and other series, has died from cancer at the age of 78 on November 1. This according to his family and his most recent agent Amanda Pecora-Sutphen, who posted the following tribute on her Instagram: It’s with a very heavy heart that I share the news […]

Dorit Hurst
Art Direction

American Gigolo Set Decorator Dorit Hurst on Drawing Inspiration From a Character’s Backstory and Working With Jon Bernthal

In 1980, the film American Gigolo made its debut in cinemas featuring a young actor named Richard Gere in the title role of Julian, a male escort who set wealthy women’s hearts aflutter. Four decades later, Showtime has reimagined the steamy story for the small screen as an eight-episode original starring Jon Bernthal. The series finds Julian newly sprung from a 15-year stretch in prison after being wrongfully convicted of […]

Rings of Power
Art Direction

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Production Designer Ramsey Avery on Bringing Middle Earth Back to Life

Prime Video’s new big-budget series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power offers fans of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s masterpiece another chance to see Middle Earth brought to life — this time, hundreds of years before the events depicted in the six Tolkien movies made by Peter Jackson.  The work of Production Designer Ramsey Avery is featured front-and-center on the hit Amazon series, which spared no expense. Avery was ready […]

Five Days at Memorial
Crafts

Five Days at Memorial 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 sick under extreme circumstances and prevent further harm. Once a safe haven for housing residents during […]

David Scheunemann
Art Direction

Bullet Train 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 responsible for designing the high-speed Shinkansen train at the center of this action movie, which marks […]

Art Direction

Nope 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 UFO, or rather, UAP (Unexplained Aerial Phenomena) movie, he called up Ruth De Jong, his Production Designer […]

Schmigadoon!
Awards

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

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 curtain on Season 1 of Schmigadoon!, a six-episode ode to musicals that parodied the beloved genre. […]

Mayor of Kingstown
Awards

Mayor of Kingstown 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 life… and sometimes, death, too. The Paramount+ series Mayor of Kingstown stars Jeremy Renner as Mike McLusky, […]