Magazine article Variety

Californication/house of Lies

Magazine article Variety

Californication/house of Lies

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CALIFORNICATION (Showtime)

Episodes: "Faith, Hope, Love"; "Like Father Like Son"; kickoff

HOUSE OF LIES (Showtime)

Episodes: "Wreckage," "Middlegame," "Zha-Moreng"

Half-hour single-camera TV series

Production Designer: Ray Yamagata

In the fast-paced world of half-hour single-camera shows, no designer is setting trends faster than Ray Yamagata. Showtime showcases his styles with two comedic series. With "House of Lies," the design flows along with the ever-present 360-degree Steadycam shots. Yamagata seamlessly blends the strong concrete lines of the new Kaan & Associates office with a trip to a colorful bazaar in China and the vibrant tones of a high-end product showcase party. Each environment is completely immersive in its texture and decor. The camera moves effortlessly through the scenery, which has a fresh, defined feeling while not limiting the flow of the actors. …

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