In this issue: SDSA Event and News Coverage,
and Rena DeAngelo is in the Set Decorator Spotlight
This season's amazing SDSA Emmy Party was hosted by Business Member H.D. Buttercup. Chad Norris and the Downtown Los Angeles location crew, including Hallie Sand, put on a most fabulous white-draped do. In using little decoration around the HD Buttercup showroom, Chad allowed the flowing white-clad party attendees to become the event decoration, very clever indeed. Thank you to the SDSA Business Members who have contributed to this exceptional event—without our Business Members giving so generously in goods, services, donations, discounts and gifts, we could not have these amazing parties. Show your Business Members how much you appreciate them!
A link to more photo coverage of the party is available at Press/News on the SDSA website.
Day with the Set Decorator - Master Class
SDSA Business Member Warner Bros. Property Department hosted the first-ever Day with the Set Decorator Master Class! Forty-six students from area college design programs had an opportunity to be mentored through the process: learning the character and time period of the story, planning the decor and shopping, then preparing their image boards and presenting their plan. Thank you to Amy Hilker and Chris Dechert , DWSD coordinators Daryn Reid Goodall, William DeBiasio and Natalie Contreras, and to the Set Decorator docents and volunteers who helped to make this first Master Class a grand success! We're already looking forward to the next one!
DTLA Film Festival
THE ART OF SILENT STORY TELLING - A Set Decorator's Perspective
This years DTLA Film Festival featured a panel discussion on the importance of the Set Decorator's unique contribution to film and television in a discussion exploring the essential creative role of the Set Decorator in storytelling for entertainment. Moderated by Ellen Harrington, Museum Collections Curator at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, panelists included Emmy nominated Set Decorator Susan Benjamin SDSA; AMPAS member Cal Loucks SDSA: Oscar nominated and Emmy winning Set Decorator Jan Pascale SDSA; and Emmy nominated Set Decorator Ann Shea SDSA.
L to R: Shirley Starks SDSA, Ellen Harrington, Cal Loucks SDSA, Susan Benjamin SDSA, Jan Pascale SDSA, Ann Shea SDSA and Phillip Hoffman SDSA
Photo Credit: Luis R. Quintero
SDSA Set Decorators Mentioned in Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest recently posted two articles in their Set Design column featuring interviews with Production Designer Dave Blass. Editor Elizabeth Stamp talks to Blass about his work with Set Decorator Andi Brittan SDSA on the new Fox series PITCH, and with his longtime collaborator, Set Decorator Shauna Aronson SDSA on ABC's SECRETS & LIES.
SDSA Business Member Warner Bros. Property Dept. have posted more videos in their Set Decorator series.
Check out this interview with Set Decorator William DeBiasio SDSA.
Mark your calendar for the WestEdge Design Fair!
The SDSA is presenting a panel discussion again this year at the WestEdge Design Fair,
on Saturday, November 5th, 5:00pm
Defining Character: When Your Client Is A Script
Interior designers have the luxury of interviewing their clients to get a sense of the environment they will create. Set decorators must develop characters from reading the script. This panel covers the process a set decorator undergoes to take characters from the page to the stage, creating environments for the story. Depending on the character, a set decorator must go into cutting-edge retail or look to a future that does not even exist, therefore setting trends. Four renowned set decorators share their stories. This is how they do it.
Moderated by: Ruth Tooker, Architectural Digest
Featuring: Rosemary BrandenburgSDSA (Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), The Hateful Eight, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Unstoppable); William DeBiasio SDSA (Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love, Chuck, Melrose Place); K.C. Fox SDSA (Criminal Minds, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Rock of Ages, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Tara Stephenson-Fong SDSA (School of Rock, Over Her Dead Body, Haunted Hathaways, That 70s Show)
Come on out and support the SDSA, and hear a great discussion about
the craft from some wonderful SDSA members!
Advance tickets can be purchased here, as well as on the day of the show.
Did you know that the SDSA has members all over the world?!
The Set Decorators Society of America community is growing internationally! The goal: world domination! We currently have members in Canada, England, Australia, Italy, France, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand and South Africa! Be sure to check the International Members Directory when you are traveling or working abroad and connect with fellow members.
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8827 Beverly Blvd 1302 Montana Ave
W. Hollywood, CA 90048Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310) 858-1204 (310) 260-0020
Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could speak another language. I would love to speak Italian or French fluently so that I could have an actual conversation and not just order a glass of wine and some pasta.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement, ask me again in a few years.
Which word or phrase do you most overuse? I say OH MY GOD a lot! Either in a really happy "Oh My God that looks great", or a horrified, "Oh My God now what?"
What do you look for on the Craft Services table? Swedish Fish
Please name a benefit of being an SDSA member. Being an SDSA member makes you a part of a community. Decorating is a lonely job sometimes and its great to have a family of like-minded people to share experiences, ask questions and voice our concerns. The website is a great resource and a great place to see the work of all the talented people in our field.
Set Decorator David Smith SDSA fills us in on how he and Production Designer Clayton Hartley happily dove into creating the sets for the action-comedy MASTERMINDS, based on the true story of one of the largest and craziest heists in U.S. history.
Set Decorator Gina Cromwell SDSA takes us through how she and her team helped us make the leap into 18th century Paris, and Production Designer Jon Gary Steele joins her to give us a quick look at their approach to the process of creating the entire OUTLANDER series.
BLUNT TALK Set Decorator - Shauna Aaronson SDSA THE MINDY PROJECT Set Decorator - Lori Mazuer SDSA
Buyer - Natalie Contreras SDSA (Associate) THE RANCH Set Decorator - Tara Stephenson-Fong SDSA THE MIDDLE Set Decorator - Julie Fanton SDSA JANE THE VIRGIN Set Decorator - Kim Leonard SDSA 2 BROKE GIRLS Set Decorator - Amy Feldman SDSA PEOPLE OF EARTH Set Decorator - Christina Kuhnigk SDSA NO TOMORROW Set Decorator - Bryan Venegas SDSA THE BIG BANG THEORY Set Decorator - Ann Shea SDSA THE GREAT INDOORS Set Decorator - Melinda Ritz SDSA LIFE IN PIECES Set Decorator - Richard C. Walker SDSA PURE GENIUS Set Decorator - Kate Sullivan SDSA FALLING WATER Set Decorator - Rich Devine SDSA THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Set Decorator - Karen Bruck SDSA CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Set Decorator - Bryan Venegas SDSA MADAME SECRETARY Set Decorator - Shelia Bock SDSA GRAVES Set Decorator - Bryony Foster SDSA DIVORCE Set Decorator - Melanie J. Baker SDSA INSECURE Set Decorator - Jennifer Gentile SDSA (Pilot) GOLIATH Set Decorator - Ron Franco SDSA GOOD GIRLS REVOLT Set Decorator - David Schlesinger SDSA LETHAL WEAPON Buyer - Allison Veilleux SDSA (Associate) MOM Set Decorator - Ann Shea SDSA NOTORIOUS Set Decorator - Brenda Meyers-Ballard SDSA, On-Set Dresser - Christina Giovacchini SDSA (Associate) SPEECHLESS Set Decorator - Don Diers SDSA,
Production Designer - Denise Pizzini SDSA
Playing at a theater near you:
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Set Decorator – Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? Set Decorator - Julie Drach SDSA KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Set Decorator - Rena DeAngelo SDSA OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL Set Decorator - Brenda Meyers-Ballard SDSA
Buyer - Gisoo Jivadi SDSA (Associate)
On-Set Dresser - Christina Giovacchini SDSA (Associate)
Do you know someone that is interested in joining?
Membership information can be found here on the SDSA website
WestEdge Design Fair - SDSA Panel Discussion Defining Character: When Your Client Is a Script
Saturday, November 5th at 5:00pm
at WestEdge Design Fair
The Barker Hanger | 3021 Airport Ave | Santa Monica, CA 90405
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