Whether it’s a character’s bedroom, office or secret hideaway, the space has to convey something about that character’s personality, past experience or present emotional state in just a few seconds of screen time. The set decorator makes those decisions, large and small, about furniture, fabrics, color, personal items and the plethora of objects that give the audience a window into the character’s mind or heart.
“Pulling Back the Drapes” highlighted the creative work of the following artists:
Larry Dias, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” – For Indiana Jones to agree to one last caper, the adventure had to be fantastic. His home library and desk on view say a lot about Indy’s past and his interests.
K.C. Fox, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” – Among the many settings in this contemporary romantic comedy is an elaborate Hawaiian hotel suite, which is re-created in the Academy Gallery.
Lauri Gaffin, “Iron Man” – The Marvel comic book character comes to life in some stunning environments, including a re-created cave set.
Anne Kuljian, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” – This installation features oversized pieces inspired by local Chinese art techniques and artifacts - all to “great” effect.
Jan Pascale, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” – Based on a successful series of novels for young readers, this production required unusual, and some might say haunted, environments, including a mysterious attic, re-created in a gallery alcove.
Leslie Rollins, “Get Smart” – A reproduction of the Chief’s office contains references to the original television series from a generation ago.
Susan Bode Tyson, “Baby Mama” – The main character’s bedroom is a focal point in this modern-day domestic comedy, in which a successful but childless executive hires a woman to give birth for her.