Magazine article Variety

Getting It Just Right

Magazine article Variety

Getting It Just Right

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ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

Authenticity is the Grail most production designers seek, though they're not above a little trickery to achieve it.

"Outlander" designer Jon Gary Steele reports producers "didn't want anyone watching to say, 'Oh that's not right,'" so the team sought to present Starz with "an 18th-century slice of life in Scotland. Architectural detail, drapery, props, all of it authentic."

Still, incessant Scottish rain forced them "to build more than we might normally - tons of big sets, furniture. We took places and turned them into villages and taverns. But all designers love to build. That's the fun parti"

Bruce Robert Hill's marching orders on Fox's "The Last Man on Earth" were to create a believable post-apocalyptic Arizona, but with a wry twist. "They didn't want cars parked askew or debris all over the place.... They wanted it to look a little more vacant, as if everyone had left for the weekend and just never came back. …

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