Production Designers and Set Decorators: It's All About Collaboration

Beverly Hills, CA (May 4, 2011) - The collaborative work process between production designers and set decorators will be explored in detail during the third installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Evolution or Revolution? Production Design in the 21st Century,” on Monday, May 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

“Production Design in the 21st Century” will be hosted by set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg (“Unstoppable,” “Public Enemies”), an Academy governor representing the Art Directors Branch.  Special guests for part three include production designer Jim Bissell with set decorator Jan Pascale (“Leatherheads,” “Good Night and Good Luck.”), set decorator Lauri Gaffin (“Iron Man,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), production designer Alex McDowell with set decorator Anne Kuljian (“The Terminal,” “Minority Report”), production designer Jeannine Oppewall with set decorator Leslie Pope (“Seabiscuit,” “Catch Me If You Can”).  The session will feature film clips and open discussion between the evening’s special guests and members of the audience.

Details for the final session on May 16 are as follows, with all participants subject to availability:

The Criteria for Good Production Design.  Production designers and set decorators discuss what they look for in their peers’ work as hallmarks of great creative design.

  • Jim Erickson, set decorator (“Watchmen,” “There Will Be Blood”)
  • Lilly Kilvert, production designer (“Valkyrie,” “The Crucible”)
  • Alex McDowell, production designer (“Watchmen,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)
  • Jeannine Oppewall, production designer (“The Good Shepherd,” “Seabiscuit”)
  • Victor Zolfo, set decorator (“The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)

Admission for individual evenings, if available, is $10 at the door.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood.  For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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