Backstage Interview Transcript: Production Design

CATEGORY: Production Design
SPEECH BY: Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) 


Q.    Congratulations. 

A.    (Adam Stockhausen) Thank you so much.


Q.    Your colleagues earlier talked about when is having the movie edited before it even begins, about this orchestra motif.  So talk about your role in the orchestra in Wes's head and how you entered that. 

A.    (Adam Stockhausen) He really lays out the film with storyboards that gets cut together, which it really gives you a roadmap because we're using so many nontraditional elements of painted backgrounds and miniatures and cutting in between locations in ways that isn't the norm.  And so having this ‑‑ having this roadmap really ‑‑ it becomes the central tool for all of us in breaking down the film.


Q.    Congratulations. 

A.    (Adam Stockhausen) Thank you.

Q.    Tell us what ‑‑ this is the first Wes Anderson movie you've worked on, yes? 

A.    (Anna Pinnock) For me, yes.


Q.    For both of you, what this experience on GRAND BUDAPEST has done for you in learning more about your craft.

A.    (Anna Pinnock) What shall I say?  Wes is extremely meticulous, and he has very definite ideas about production design and set decoration.  So, it's a very, very collaborative thing.  He's involved in everything that we do.  Isn't he?

A.    (Adam Stockhausen) And I would say, if it's going right, each job, you go into it thinking, I have no idea how on earth we're going to get this done, and you come out of it saying, We did it.  And then you start the next one and it's a new challenge and a new mountain.  And you say, I don't know how we're going to get this done.  And this was no exception.  I mean, going from the early conversations and literally saying, I don't know how we're going to do this mountaintop observatory, I don't know how we're going to do this ski chase in the way that we make films, and then finding the ways through those problems.

A.    (Anna Pinnock) It's a very organic process, as well.  It's interesting.  It grows and develops.  It's fantastic.  It was very collaborative.


Q.    Question for Anna.  I know you're working on the Bond film at the moment. 

A.    (Anna Pinnock) Yeah.

Q.    What plans do you have to take your Oscar on the set?  Perhaps you can show it to Daniel Craig. 

A.    (Anna Pinnock)  Oh, dear.  I don't know.  Well, I'll wait to be asked, I think.


Q.    Hi.  Congratulations to you both.  It was a beautiful, stylized movie, so you really deserve the Oscar.  I just wanted to ask, how do you feel right now standing here with your win for this movie?

A.    (Anna Pinnock) Relieved.  I respect all categories being called out.  So, fantastic. 

A.    (Adam Stockhausen) It feels fantastic.  Overwhelmed.  Terribly excited and proud for the film and for the whole team.

A.    (Anna Pinnock) It's brilliant for the film.  It's fantastic.

A.    (Adam Stockhausen) And to see Milena earlier tonight, it's just wildly exciting.

A.    (Anna Pinnock) And Frances, for makeup and hair.

A.    (Adam Stockhausen) Yes.  And knees are shaking a little bit.






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