Art Direction

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 by ADG President Nelson Coates and ADG Awards Chair Michael Allen Glover. The 2022-23 ADG Awards timeline […]

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Hacks 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” (as the creators are referred to by those on the show) not assembled an impressive below-the-line […]

Curt Beech

Only Murders in the Building 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 lion’s share of the credit for that goes to Production Designer Curt Beech, who has risen […]

Catherine Martin
Art Direction

Elvis 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 in 1992, and she has designed the costumes for all of his films with the exception […]

SDSA Awards - Television 2021

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 in the period (The Gilded Age, Winning Time) and contemporary (Succession, The White Lotus) categories, while […]

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Art Direction

Loki 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 Production Designer Kasra Farahani not only created the vast headquarters of the Time Variance Authority (TVA) but […]

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David Cronenberg’s Longtime Production Designer Carol Spier on Crimes of the Future and a Greek Graffiti God

For over four decades, director David Cronenberg has been considered one of the bonafide masters of horror. With his latest movie, Crimes of the Future, he returns to the body horror genre he helped create to offer his unique take on the genetic evolution of both humanity and art. Crimes of the Future stars Viggo Mortensen as performance artist Saul Tenser, while Léa Seydoux (Die Another Day) plays Caprice, his partner in both […]

Tony Fanning

The First Lady Production Designer Tony Fanning on Recreating the White House Across Different Eras

Showtime’s new tripartite series The First Lady follows the remarkable White House lives of three iconic First Ladies — Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), and explores how the responsibilities of the First Lady have both changed and stayed the same over time. Created by Aaron Crowley and directed by Susanne Bier (Bird Box), the series interweaves their stories, drawing subtle parallels between them while contrasting […]

Donal Woods

Downton Abbey‘s Longtime Production Designer Donal Woods Reflects on His 12 Years With the Iconic Franchise and A New Era

The Crawley Family — who we first met in 2010 via the megahit series Downton Abbey before they made the leap to the big screen in 2019 — returns to theaters once again in Downton Abbey: A New Era. The film represents a changing of the guard of sorts, with the story inching slowly towards the 1930s (it was set in 1912 when it all began), as the family is going through many changes, as […]

Moon Knight

Moon Knight Production Designer Stefania Cella Recalls Being “Heartbroken” Upon Seeing the Chamber of the Gods Set Torn Down

Stefania Cella’s career is growing along with the size and scope of the projects she has been working on as a production designer. Her early credits include fairly straightforward films and television shows such as Once and Again, John Q, Maniac, The Great Beauty, and Black Mass, but somewhere along the way, she got a taste of working on an ambitious, VFX-heavy show with Threshold, which ran for one season […]