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LA LA LAND

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    “LA is a perfect film character because it’s full of both optimism and broken dreams,” says Set Decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA...

    Emma Stone
    as Mia,
    Ryan Gosling
    as Sebastian

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    Mia [Emma Stone] lives amidst a larger-than-life photo of her heroine
    Ingrid Bergman, with counterpoints of color and a subtle Scandinavian reference...

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    Jazz musician Sebastian [Ryan Gosling] at the famed Lighthouse Café...

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    Sebastian [Ryan Gosling] is dedicated to his music,
    to the point that that he has lived in this apartment for months but has yet to unpack most of the boxes...

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    Mia and her roommates’ apartment embodies their hopeful spirit, with a nod to Paris and the romance of musicals...



    Emma Stone
    Sonoya Mizuno
    Callie Hernandez
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    Sebastian [Ryan Gosling] introduces non-believer Mia [Emma Stone] to jazz,
    “You can’t hear it. You have to see it...”

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    Although he considers himself a jazz purist, hoping to open his own club, the financially down & out Sebastian
    [Ryan Gosling] faces the reality that he can make a lot more money touring with a popular band...

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    Mia [Emma Stone] introduces
    Sebastian [Ryan Gosling] to the movie studio dream factory and home of her dreams...

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    ...Although right now, she just works in the studio lot café...

    Emma Stone.
    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    The colors and prints reflect Mia’s [Emma Stone] optimism and imagination, and the film decades she most loves...

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    The quintessential then and now of LA...

    Ryan Gosling.
    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    They may struggle to make their dreams come true, but at least Sebastian
    [Ryan Gosling] and
    Mia [Emma Stone] have not only found each other, they each inspire the other...

    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate


    LA LA LAND…

    The Epilogue sequence is filled with painterly references to film, particularly musicals, LA & Paris...art, romance and inspiration...


    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
    Photo by Dale Robinette
    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved

  • set decorator
    Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA

    production designer
    David Wasco

    Lionsgate

    LA LA LAND…





    ©2016 Lionsgate
    All Rights Reserved



Congratulations all around for the expanse of "Best of" Academy Award nominations, especially to the brilliant team of Production Designer David Wasco and Set Decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA, and to Writer/Director Damien Chazelle for this vibrant, compelling film experience!
Kudos to Lionsgate for taking a chance with an update of the musical that kept true to the sparkling look and dynamism of the genre...


LA LA LAND is not only a human love story. It’s also an ode to the city of Los Angeles and its never-ending cycles of artistic risks that lead to heartbreak that lead to more artistic risks. So it was that the ambitious production canvassed the breadth of the city in its 40-day production.

Cast and crew made stops at such legendary locations as the Griffith Park Observatory, as well as hidden gems including Hermosa Beach’s historic Lighthouse Café, a jazz club since 1949. All of it was overseen by the team of Production Designer David Wasco and Set Decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA, whose extraordinary list of films includes such high-style pieces as RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION, RUSHMORE, THE ROYAL TENNENBAUMS, KILL BILL VOL. 1 & 2, COLLATERAL and INGLORIOUS BASTERDS.

In keeping with the tone of the film, the locations shift between of the moment and remnants of bygone eras. “That quality is already indigenous to the city,” notes David Wasco. “You can look in one direction and feel you're in 1940s Hollywood, and then turn your head and you’re in 2016...”     
                        

The chance to use the legendary locations was a thrill for all – but the Wascos went beyond that, using not only the real exteriors re-creating the planetarium’s interior as an Art Deco fantasia for the dance number in which Sebastian and Mia waltz through the dioramas.

Throughout the film, the Wascos referenced films cinephiles may recognize, but they also cite the influences of such painters as Ed Ruscha and David Hockney, who explored the mythologies of Los Angeles, and the French Fauvist painter, Raoul Dufy, known for his ecstatic washes of color.

The sets become even more inventive towards the climax of the film, especially in the number known as Epilogue. Wasco explains, “Director Damien Chazelle wanted to go into this extremely heightened fantasy world of LA and Paris on a studio backlot, which we created with painted backdrops so that the look is very, very theatrical.”

L.A. might be the city where many movies get their start, but it can be a tough nut to crack cinematically.
Chazelle was thrilled to see the city imbued with new perspective. 
As Sandy Reynolds-Wasco notes, “LA is a perfect film character because it’s full of both optimism and broken dreams...” 


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