Magazine article Variety

Production Designer Makes Instant Impact

Magazine article Variety

Production Designer Makes Instant Impact

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You don't get to establish the overall look when you're hired to work on a TV show that's a season or more into its run, but the gig can still be creatively rewarding, says production designer Judy Rhee, who scored back-to-back jobs on two high-profile series in progress: "Marvel's Jessica Jones" in its second season and "Better Call Saul" as it embarked on its fourth.

"To keep the visual continuity or the visual thread of the show intact while also introducing a different signature, or different take on the world, is always an interesting challenge," says Rhee.

In the case of "Jessica Jones," one of the tasks that intrigued Rhee most was creating a new living space for Jones' ally Jeri Hogarth, a lawyer, played by Carrie-Ann Moss. "That, for me, was a big factor in taking the job," she says. "I knew that was going to be a lot of fun." The producers of the show, which airs on Netflix and is set in New York City, envisioned the high-powered attorney living in a loft.

That said, "it was pretty open for interpretation," Rhee says. "I went for a more traditional Tudor City look, which feels more established and slightly more masculine with the dark woods and the darker jewel tones. I was trying to avoid what people think when they hear 'loft' - everyone thinks more modern; everyone thinks SoHo or TriBeCa. I just didn't see her living like that."

Rhee joined the AMC series "Better Call Saul," set in Albuquerque and surrounding areas, further into its run, knowing that Season 4 was going to open with the tragic aftermath of Chuck's house fire. …

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