Magazine article Variety

We Were Just Trying to Be in the Spirit of "Hamilton"

Magazine article Variety

We Were Just Trying to Be in the Spirit of "Hamilton"

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AS "BLACK-ISH'S"

production designer, Maxine Shepard not only created the color palettes of the home and offices for Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his family, but she often also has to build fantasy or flashback sequences-specific sets, ranging from an homage to "The Deer Hunter" to a historical slave cabin. "You just have to be flexible," she says.

What is your starting point when you first get a script to work on?

I start to see colors - that one aqua color just starts to come up, and it's not that anybody is pushing aqua, it's just that my eye keeps gravitating towards it and I realize I have to incorporate it.

The world of "Blackish" was built in the first season. What still keeps it fresh for you? Kenya Barris, the creator and executive producer, he always throws us curve balls with stuff he'd like us to update. Season three was all about updating the kids' bedrooms, and then this year we have Devante so we had to do a full bedroom for him. …

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