In this episode I talk with Set Dec Buyer Laine Abramson. Laine has been a buyer since the early 2000’s. She’s worked on features like "Oceans 12", "Constantine", "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "John Carter". Hectic TV shows like "Glee", "The Mindy Project", "Silicon Valley"and "Glow". Her upcoming projects the feature "Malignant" and the Amazon show "Them: Covenant". We also get into the effects of this pandemic on the buyer position and talk about how we think things will change.
Part two of my interview with Buyer Ethan Goodwin is all about the projects he has worked on. We talk about the period shows he has been apart of such as "For All Mankind" and "Perry Mason". We also talk about how our vendors somehow come through for us, and how real life timing vs. TV/Film timing is different. If we need it in two days somehow things happen. I also start with how the Coronavirs is effecting our industry and how it all went down in the past week.
On this episode I recap the award season with Production Designer James Pearce Connelly. We talk through each category of the Art Directors Guild Awards and about the Oscar winning Production Design of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood"
On this episode, My interview is with Production Designer John Schaffner who’s work has been consistently on TV for the last 25 years. Have you ever seen #Friends? #TwoandaHalfMen, #theBigBangTheory? #Mom? Will you be watching the #SAGawards this weekend… he’s done it. He has such a plethora of long running hit multi camera shows on his resume, I don’t think he has had a break in at least 25 years!
In this Episode I talk with Set Decorator David Smith. He has a thirty plus year career in Set Decorating and has the stellar resume to prove it. We talk about his start and how the business has changed in his opinion. He gives Decorating details about Unbelievable, Vice, Crazy Sexy Love, Little Fockers and TV shows like NYPD Blue and LA Law.
This episode is part two of my interview with Dave Mandel, writer, producer, show runner, director of everything I think is funny. We talk about #VEEP, #CurbYourEnthusiasm #SNL #Seinfeld and #Starwars!
I am joined on this bonus episode by show runner, writer, director, editor, #StarWars superfan, Dave Mandel.
A career that starts with the Harvard Lampoon and drifts to #SNL, #Seinfeld, #CurbYourEnthusiasm, #VEEP and films including #Eurotrip and #TheDictator. He's talking about it all in this 2 part bonus episode!
A Set decorator works closely with a location manager, especially if a TV show or film is location heavy. In this episode I talk with Location Manager Caleb Duffy. He’s location managed TV shows including #Greek, #TrueDetective, #TheGoodPlace and #VEEP.
In this episode I’m talking to Production Designer Jim Gloster. Jim is a Southern gentleman who has Art Directed films such as Semi-Pro, The Other Guys, and Banshee. He has Production Designed Eastbound and Down, 13 Reasons Why, Ballers and my favorite VEEP.
In part two of my interview with David Gropman, he discussed hiring crews oversees, working with amazing Set Decorators, his relationship with director Ang Lee, his experience on "Life of Pi" and more.
In this episode I speak with my friend Ethan Goodwin. Ethan has the position of “Buyer” in the Set Dressing department and I couldn't do my job with out it. The buyer has become a vital position and Ethan is one of the best. Coordinating selections, pickups, paperwork and dressing in the charter of sets.
In this episode I am talking with Australian Production Designer Annie Beauchamp. Her work includes Black Mirror, The Lego Movie, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Top of the Lake: Season Two, Sleeping Beauty and Art Directing on on films like The Quiet American and Moulin Rouge! to name a few. Living and working in Australia, she also traveled to many locations includingSouth Africa, Brazil, Vietnam and the US in New Orleans and Los Angeles. She is currently nominated for an ADG award for her episode “Striking Vipers” in the Black Mirror series.
The Good Place is nominated for an ADG award for our work for this last season. I thought it would be fun to get together with Production Designer: Ian Phillips, Art Director: Adam Rowe and Graphic Designer: Graham Radcliff. We have an in depth conversation about the sets and graphics of the show. We talk about the Bad Place and Demon-Con, Janet’s jail, set extensions, how we finally built Mindy’s house on stage and all those funny easter egg graphics that you gotta pause real quick to catch.
In this part two of my interview with Jeannine we talk about her ADG lifetime achievement award, how she picks her projects, how she dreams of wallpaper, working with producers and budgets, and her interaction with writers on projects.
On this episode I am talking with On-Set Dresser Jordan Steinberg. Jordan has worked as an on-set dresser on Flightplan, Evan Almighty, A Single Man, #MadMen, #Transformers, #ParksandRec, #LOVE, #VEEP, #TheGoodPlace and is currently shooting #Sunnyside for #NBC
This epeisode is all about #VEEP. Production Designer Jim Gloster talks about his run on #VEEP, how he took over the show, moving VEEP from Maryland to Los Angeles, the finale of the show, and obviously how much he loves working with me. I think one thing that's interesting is we describe what happens when a set goes wrong. What went wrong and how we fixed it in top speed!
In this episode I will be talking with Director Beth McCarthy Miller. Beth is one of the most versatile directors working in TV today. She bounces from single camera shows to Live TV performances and Stand Up Comedy specials. Beth has notebly directed
#SaturdayNightLive. #30Rock, #ModernFamily, #UnbreakableKimmySchmitt#Divorce, #BrooklynNineNine, #VEEP and many more.
In this episode I am talking about my opinion of how this pandemic will effect production in the entertainment industry and my Set Dressing department. Production Designer David Gropman joins me and we also discuss how he has been effected by the pandemic and how his show was shut down in Italy. We talk about how he started in the business, "Chocolat", "Date Night", "One Fine Day"and the many broadway productions made into films that he has designed. You can currently see his work on the Hulu series on Catch-22.
On this episode I resume my conversation with Production Designer James Pearce Connelly. James has his hands full designing hit shows like "The Masked Singer", "The Voice", "Making It", and many more. We talk about his start int he business and how he now runs his own design company.
Currently nominated for an ADG award and a British Film Designers Guild award for his Production Design of #Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Patrick Tatopoulos is a force in the production design world. His talents have allowed him to work so many positions in the art department from illustrator, creature supervisor over to costume designer, producer, director and more. He tells of his designs on #IndependenceDay, #Stargate, #BatmanVsSuperman, #JusticeLeague
Here is part two of my interview with Set Decorator David Smith, We get into some of his specific projects like his first film Shop Girl, working with Nancy Meyers on The Holiday. Working with the same Production Designer for 12 projects, working on locations for some of his films like Last Holiday and Vampire’s Apprentice. Being an additional Set Decorator on projects like Argo, Gone Girl, Vice and Unbelievable
In this episode I speak with the Production Design Queen of Period Film: Jeannine Oppewall. Her films include Catch Me If You Can, Seabiscuit, LA Confidential, Pleasantville, The Good Shepherd, The Bridges of Madison County. In this first of two episodes she talks about her beginnings of working beside Charles Eams and how she started in films.
On this episode I’m joined by Set Decorator Lydia Marks. I talk to her about #Emmy nominated #FosseVerdon and the details and research it took to bring their lives to the screen. I asked about the influence New York City has on her films and about working woth femail directors. Lydia’s fims include #TheDevilWearsPrada, #SexandtheCity 1 and 2, and the #Netflix show #Maniac.
Joining me on this episode is Prop Master Gay Perello. Her range of talents span from creating Leslie Knope's massive amount of detailed scrapbooks on Parks and Recreation to filling Gary’s Leviatian on VEEP. She has a career of being a Prop Master with long running shows like Crossing Jordan, #MadMen, #ParksandRec, #VEEP and #TheGoodPlace. Gay's feature films include A Single Man, #SexandtheCity, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Gloria Bell and just released on #Netflix, #WineCountry.
In this bonus episode I talk with Production Designer Ian Phillips and Art Director Adam Rowe to discuss episode 301 - "Janets" -of #TheGoodPlace. We are discussing each set and what each of our departments did to take the episode from page to screen.