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  • Kathleen Kennedy To Receive ADG’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award

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    Eight-time Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy will receive the Art Directors Guild’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards,. The 2018 Awards, themed “Production Design: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination,” will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Kathleen…

     

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  • Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Brings Popular TV Show’s World To Fans

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Fans of “Downton Abbey” and the gorgeous sets and costumes seen throughout its six seasons have reason to celebrate.   NBCUniversal International Studios is presenting a traveling exhibit highlighting the elegant gowns, suits and jewelry in a traveling exhibition called Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.  The exhibit will make its US debut in New York City on Saturday, November…

     

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  • ADG Creates New Award Category Recognizing Excellent In Production Design For Animated Features

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    The Art Directors Guild (ADG) will debut a new award category during its 2018 annual awards ceremony.  The category is titled Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film and will be added to the other categories honoring production design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos.  The ADG award ceremony will take place…

     

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  • Behind The Scenes Talent Were Fan Favs At Comic Con 2017

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    By: Marjorie Galas Comic Con fans flock to the four-day convention, anxious to glimpse the talent who bring their favorite shows and characters to life.  And that talent isn’t contained in the actors in front of the cameras.  The Art Directors Guild panel, “The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination,” featuring Oliver Scholl (“Spider-man: Homecoming”), Francois Audouy (“Logan”), Hannah…

     

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  • “This Is Us” – A Discussion With Set Decorator Beth Wooke

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas It’s hard to believe that “This Is Us” was once a pilot searching for a future.  The trails of the Pearson family displayed at upfronts and in a YouTube promo trailer were quickly embraced by thousands.  Set decorator Beth Wooke was amongt the pilot’s early fans.  The idea of working on the…

     

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  • Production Designer Diane Lederman Discusses Her Work On “13 Reasons Why”

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    By: Marjorie Galas Diane Lederman flipped between production designer on indie films to set decorating others, including Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” for many years.  When time permitted, she also worked as a set decorator on television series and specials, including “Phil Spector”, for which she earned a Prime Time…

     

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  • Emmy FYC: “Mr. Robot” Production Designer Anastasia White

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    By: Marjorie Galas Anastasia White has come a long way in a short time. In under ten years, she’s gone from a production assistant and shop manager to an award winning production designer.  She approached her career with a two-pronged attack: work on small independent films as production designer will climbing the ladder in the…

     

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  • Nature, Science And History Informed Production Designer Guy Hendrix Dyas’ Work In “Passengers”

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    By: Marjorie Galas Imagine spending sixty years in space, building a massive craft from the inside out. That’s the concept production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas visualized when developing the spaceship at the heart of his Oscar-nominated production design featured in “Passengers.”  The ultimate creation merged scientific theory, aero-dynamic principles, modern architectural elements, innovative lighting design…

     

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  • Turning The Australian Outback Into “Hacksaw Ridge”: A Conversation With Production Designer Barry Robison

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Australia and West Virginia aren’t just physically a world apart.  Aesthetically they look completely different: the landscape’s texture and vegetation hold little in common. Finding locations that could double as 1940s West Virginia for Mel Gibbon’s “Hacksaw Ridge” – a biopic following conscientious observer Desmond Doss’ transition from small town handyman to battle field savior…

     

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  • 2017 Art Directors Guild Award Nominees Revealed

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The nominees for the 2017  Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Production Design Awards have been announced.  The 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards celebrating “Return to Hollywood” will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.   There are eleven categories that represent the pinnacle in…

     

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  • Art Directors Guild Announce 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Art Directors Guild (ADG) have announced the distinguished artisans who will be receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 21st Annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards.  Scenic Artist Albert Obregon, Emmy®-nominated Set Designer Cate Bangs and Senior Illustrator Joseph Musso join Emmy-winning Production Designer René Lagler  will receive their awards at the ceremony taking place Saturday,…

     

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  • Rene Lagler Named Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient By ADG

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    René Lagler, an Emmy® award-winning Production Designer of more than 2,500 television shows and major events, will receive the 2017 Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award will be presented to Lagler at the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at a black-tie ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom…

     

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  • Ten Minutes With: “Deadpool 1 & 2” Production Designer Sean Haworth

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Time flies, or at least that’s what the proverbial “they” say.  Yet, it feels like a millennium since “Deadpool” rolled into theaters in February, 2016.  The film was a surprise hit and is primed to remain among the list of 2016’s top ten total grossing films (and that’s including the soon to be released “Fantastic…

     

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  • Midnight in Paris On A Shoestring Budget

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    Young architect Anne Seibel fibbed about her English speaking skills to break into the production biz. “I was doing a commercial for a friend and I built something really crazy, but it worked,” said Seibel.  “A designer asked if I spoke English and I said yes because I wanted to work with him.  What I…

     

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  • Building The “New Girl” – Part One: The Pilot

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    Jeff Sage wasn’t able to commit to a full season of “New Girl” due to scheduling conflicts, however he was happy to take on the challenge of designing the pilot.   411 Publishing recently spoke with Jeff to discover how he came up with the look that would remain the template as the pilot transitioned into…

     

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  • Academy’s Production Design Database

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    Last month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched the Production Art Database, an online research tool located on the Academy’s website.  The database, accessible to the general public, contains records for over 5,300 items from the library’s collection.  Nearly half the entries containing images including costume and production design drawings, animation art,…

     

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  • Edward Thomas – A Production Designer With Science Fiction Flair

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    Production designer Edward Thomas feels his artistic obligations extend beyond the words in the script or the vision of the director.  His vision extends to the project’s fans. Thomas, best known for his work on the revival of the well-known “Dr. Who” series and its spin-off “Torchwood,” recently took part in a panel presentation at…

     

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  • Designing A Perfect Environment For “Bleep!”

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    The way people decorate their surroundings reveals a lot about who they are.  Production designer Glenda Rovello ensures environments she creates for shows such as “Bleep! My Dad Says” help define the inner workings of the characters that inhabit them.   “You get the script and you read the story,” said Rovello.  “Often times the…

     

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  • Wickedly Fine Design – “Hell’s Kitchen”

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      It’s a misconception to think a reality show does not require a strong production designer who can fabricate the series’ perfect set, whether it be enhancing an existing structure or designing an entire area.  For the past seven years, John Janavs has been turning empty space into a restaurateur’s dream for the Gordon Ramsey…

     

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