All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Set Decorator

August 25, 2014 9:18 PM

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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Set Decorator

What does a Set Decorator do? "Well", says Set Decorator TRICIA SCHNEIDER, "it's sort of like a perpetual scavenger hunt. I discuss with the Director and the Production Designer all the things that will add to the script, or fill in the blank spots -- all the between-the-lines elements. Objects that add dimension to the character or the scene -- furniture, carpets, drapes, washing machines, radios, books -- whatever might show how the character lives or has chosen to live, or the situation he or she is currently in. The mood, the era --. The script doesn't tell you everything.

I start by breaking the script down into sets, and what's happening in each, whether it's period or not, what era, and what I need. Then, if called for, I research the particular period, I look at old photos or paintings, I look in costume books --. In the movie All the King's Men, with Sean Penn an...

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