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

May 24, 2022 | By
<i>The First Lady</i> 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... »

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

May 16, 2022 | By
<i>Downton Abbey</i>‘s Longtime Production Designer Donal Woods Reflects on His 12 Years With the Iconic Franchise and <i>A New Era</i>

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... »

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

May 6, 2022 | By
<i>Moon Knight</i> 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... »

Foundation Production Designer Rory Cheyne on Building Futuristic Sets for Terminus, Trantor, and Synnax

April 15, 2022 | By
<i>Foundation</i> Production Designer Rory Cheyne on Building Futuristic Sets for Terminus, Trantor, and Synnax

A scientist plans a new society by hastening the collapse of the current regime in Foundation, Apple’s big-budget series based on novels by Isaac Asimov. With battles reaching across the galaxy and stretching through decades, the show is as ambitious as science fiction gets. Showrunner David S. Goyer (The Sandman, Batman v Superman: Dawn... »

The Batman Production Designer James Chinlund on How He Used VR and Virtual Production to Realize Matt Reeves’ Vision for Gotham

April 14, 2022 | By
<i>The Batman</i> Production Designer James Chinlund on How He Used VR and Virtual Production to Realize Matt Reeves’ Vision for Gotham

Now that millions of people around the world have had a chance to see Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, it’s high time to dive into how the director and his team of collaborators created a new look for Gotham City unlike any that we’ve seen in previous Batman movies. Reteaming with Production Designer James... »

Set Decorators Society of America Unveils Calendar for SDSA Awards — Television 2021

April 13, 2022 | By
Set Decorators Society of America Unveils Calendar for SDSA Awards — Television 2021

The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) has unveiled the awards calendar for the SDSA Awards – Television 2021, which culminates with an announcement of the winners on August 2. The SDSA Awards celebrate excellence in the art of Set Decoration for Television, and the submission period opened last week. It will close on May 27. Following the submission... »

Bel-Air Production Designer Corey Kaplan on Recreating Sets for Fresh Take on Will Smith’s Star-Making Series

April 12, 2022 | By
<i>Bel-Air</i> Production Designer Corey Kaplan on Recreating Sets for Fresh Take on Will Smith’s Star-Making Series

It’s impossible to write about the new Peacock drama Bel-Air without mentioning Will Smith and the fact that it’s a fresh take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which made the newly-crowned Oscar winner and former Academy member a household name back in the ’90s. Smith is an executive producer on the streaming series, which finds... »

Severance Production Designer Jeremy Hindle on the Minimalistic Set of Lumon Industries and His Work on Top Gun: Maverick

April 4, 2022 | By
<i>Severance</i> Production Designer Jeremy Hindle on the Minimalistic Set of Lumon Industries and His Work on <i>Top Gun: Maverick</i>

In case you haven’t noticed, the Apple TV+ series Severance has been drawing rave reviews over the course of its mysterious first season. Ben Stiller (Escape From Dannemora) has been directing the sci-fi thriller, which hails from creator Dan Erickson and stars Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, John Turturro, Christopher Walken, and Patricia Arquette. Severance takes place in a... »

The Outfit: Dick Pope, Gemma Jackson and William Goldenberg on Making the Mark Rylance Movie

March 17, 2022 | By
<i>The Outfit</i>: Dick Pope, Gemma Jackson and William Goldenberg on Making the Mark Rylance Movie

A fashionable men’s clothing store hides deadly secrets in The Outfit, a new thriller from Focus Features that opens exclusively in theaters on March 18. The film marks the directing debut of novelist/screenwriter Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) and stars Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) as Leonard Burling, who prides himself in... »

Death on the Nile Production Designer Jim Clay on Creating the Scene of the Crime — the Karnak Luxury Yacht

February 18, 2022 | By
<i>Death on the Nile</i> Production Designer Jim Clay on Creating the Scene of the Crime — the Karnak Luxury Yacht

Sir Kenneth Branagh returns as detective Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile, which is based on one of Agatha Christie‘s edgier mysteries. The whodunit-at-sea also stars Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, Annette Bening, Armie Hammer, and Russell Brand, so there are plenty of suspects to choose from. Set among Britain’s ultra-rich, the film unfolds... »