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Production Designer Fiona Crombie On The Rewarding Playfulness Of ‘The Favourite’ — Exclusive Video

EXCLUSIVE: The production designer behind The Favourite, Fiona Crombie relied on the generosity of strangers, in order to bring Yorgos Lanthimos’ wild vision to life, as she explains in the video above. An 18th century black comedy, Lanthimos’ first period piece pits a servant and a duchess against one another, as rivals for the affections of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). A daring and unexpected work, the film needed a central location to match its grandeur, finding it in… Read


‘First Man’ Production Designer Nathan Crowley Discusses Game-Changing Experience With 3D Printing

An expert when it comes to films of epic scale, Nathan Crowley ventured into the unknown with First Man, his first outing with Damien Chazelle, which finally got him to the Moon. Centered on astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the many missions leading up to the historic success of Apollo 11, the pic was a massive technical challenge—a vast puzzle to work out, piece by piece. Known for his collaborations with Christopher Nolan, Crowley is committed to practical, in-camera… Read


How ‘Roma’ Production Designer Eugenio Caballero Recreated The Corpus Christi Massacre

For production designer Eugenio Caballero, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma was a project unlike any he'd worked on before. Nothing could truly prepare him for this black-and-white epic, the director's most personal project to date, which he'd been thinking about for over 15 years. In the case of the Netflix original, Caballero was beholden not only to history, and his director's memories of a specific time and place, but also to the director's family, who could tell him very… Read


Inside Big Ben, And An Upside-Down Room: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Production Designer On Sequel’s Spectacular Sets

The production designer of Mary Poppins Returns—Disney's follow-up to a 1964 musical classic—John Myhre knew about the project for at least 10 years, sitting for a long time with the responsibility and opportunity in taking this film on. Discussing it with Marshall on the set of 2009 musical Nine, following collaborations on Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha, Myhre knew he would have to strike a balance between reality and fantasy, between faithful homage to one of the most… Read


Art Directors Guild Votes Production Designers Anthony Masters & Ben Carré Into Hall Of Fame

Art Directors Guild

Legendary production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carré, whose work appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s 23rd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. Masters, who died in 1990, was Oscar-nominated for 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other work in a career that spanned 45 years included Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, Papillon, Tai-Pan, The Clan of the Cave Bear… Read


The Art Of Craft: ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Production Designer Bends Form Of Stop-Motion To Realize Vision Of An Auteur

In his first collaboration with Wes Anderson on Isle of Dogs, Paul Harrod translated an auteur's live-action style to stop-motion, a medium that allowed for a spectacular visual presentation, but came with a set of limitations that proved problematic. Gathering reference materials and establishing certain visual parameters early on was Adam Stockhausen, an Oscar-winning production designer who has been the auteur's go-to craftsman since Moonrise Kingdom, and had to leave… Read


The Art Of Craft: Production Designer Inbal Weinberg Unveils Designs From ‘Suspiria’s Academy Of Witches

On Suspiria, her first project with Oscar-nominated director Luca Guadagnino, production designer Inbal Weinberg faced challenges that were almost insurmountable, on creative and practical levels. An homage to Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic, rather than a straight remake, Guadagnino's film demanded boundless creativity on the part of the artisans involved. "It was tough from the beginning to push your imagination further, constructing something from nothing,"… Read


With Low Budget, 17 Rabbits & 18,000 Candles, ‘The Favourite’ Production Designer Manifests Bizarre World Of Luxury

Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos' first period outing, The Favourite imposed immediate, practical challenges upon its below-the-line team, a film where extreme vision, finances and other realities would collide. Set in the immense court of Queen Anne in 18th century England, the black comedy called for all the detail and luxury a "really limited budget" could provide. In her first collaboration with the director, production designer Fiona Crombie lucked out with a superb… Read


‘Atlanta’ Production Designer On The Challenges Of Location Shooting & Finding A Mansion For “Teddy Perkins”

The standout episode of Atlanta‘s second season—generating considerable discussion across the web—”Teddy Perkins” wouldn’t have been the peculiar, chilling episode it turned out to be without the acquisition of a very specific practical location. A haunted house tale featuring a bizarro Donald Glover, obscured by whiteface prosthetics, the episode called for an idiosyncratic mansion with enough space to design various visually distinct spaces. Securing the location was… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ Production Designer On Introducing Dragonstone & The Overwhelming Scope Of Season 8

While there was an overwhelming amount of challenges to face with Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, in production designer Deborah Riley's mind, all roads lead back to Dragonstone as the crux of it all. Daenerys Targaryen's arrival at her ancestral home in the season opener was "a massive moment for the character and a huge opportunity for the art department"—and Riley fully felt the moment's weight. "Dragonstone was the piece of the puzzle that I was most excited about… Read


Michael Howells Dies: Production Designer & Fashion Show Veteran Was 61

Michael Howells, a production designer for TV, film and theater who also worked on fashion shows for the likes of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, died Thursday. He was 61. Born in 1957 in Staffordshire, England, Howells began his showbiz career as an assistant art director on The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) and soon became a busy production designer. He served in that capacity on more than two dozen films and TV shows including Princess Caraboo… Read


‘Stranger Things’ Creators, Cast & Crew On Building Out Singular Visual Universe With Season 2 — Exclusive Video

One of the biggest television phenomena of our time, what would the Duffer brothers’ Stranger Things be without The Upside Down, or its perfectly calibrated retro aesthetic? As expected last season, the series' production design found its place among 18 total Emmy nominations, though production designer Chris Trujillo and his team were not among those leaving the night with a statuette. With the stellar expansion of the singularly imaginative series' world this season… Read