Home
  About Us
  Set Decorator Resources
  Set Decor
     • Film Decor
     • Television Decor
     • Awards
     • Director's Chair
  Hot Off The Set
  Spotlight
  Calendar / Events
  Books / Market
  Press / News
  Members Directory
  Join SDSA
  Archive
  Member Log In




FILM DECOR

TELEVISION DECOR

AWARDS

DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

ARCHIVE
 

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    The train…

    Rachel [Emily Blunt], devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day,
    until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds...

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    The train…

    Using a salvaged train car from a scrap yard in Ohio,
    Set Decorator Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA,
    Production Designer
    Kevin Thompson,
    Art Director Deb Jensen and their teams built an accurate reproduction of the
    NY Hudson Metro-North on stage in Yonkers, New York!

    Photo ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    The train…

    Between her abject loneliness and alcoholic miasma, Rachel [Emily Blunt] is not certain how to interpret what she has seen…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic office…

    Compelled to search out answers to the mystery, Rachel [Emily Blunt] visits the missing woman’s psychiatrist, but ends up uncovering aspects of herself…

    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic office…

    The therapist Dr. Kamal Abdic [Édgar Ramírez] listens more than he reveals…note the quiet strength the set conveys…

    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic office…

    Newton’s Cradle and vintage pottery on the desk, evocative painting and sculpture…a calming simplicity…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic office…prior…

    The wood, leather and natural palette of therapist Dr. Kamal Abdic’s [Édgar Ramírez] office offers a sense of sanctuary as he listens to Megan [Haley Bennett] tell him of a dark past that haunts her…

    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic office…

    The reception area…quiet stillness…


    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic office, prior…

    An ethnic latticework screen painted in a muted hue anchors the wall. The coffee table/ottoman is truly multi-purpose, it has two wings that can be pulled for additional tabletop space…

    Édgar Ramírez, Haley Bennett.
    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic house…

    Looking out seems to be looking within…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Abdic house…

    Filmed at a Pleasantville, NY house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Bode-Tyson placed a carpet over the existing one and added chairs to augment the built-in seating. She felt Abdic might have collected ethnic old pottery, which appears understatedly in both his house and office sets…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Megan & Scott’s house, prior…

    The seemingly ideal couple Rachel observes from the train…
    Bode-Tyson says,
    “The house is wonderful in its plainness, a contrast to all the others on the street…”

    Luke Evans, Haley Bennett.
    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal


    Megan & Scott’s house…
    Set prep…


    A glimpse of the set being readied for the shoot…
    Note the plastic protecting the carpet and the signs reminding the crew not to sit or put their tools on the bed and settee, which can seem very handy, but need to be pristine and exactly as set up!

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Megan & Scott’s house, prior…

    “Kevin and I decided there’s been an attempt to do things, and then it stopped,”
    reveals Bode-Tyson. Thus the mirror and most of the art pieces are not yet hung, but leaning in place…

    Luke Evans.
    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.




  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Megan & Scott’s house, after…

    Rachel comes to the house to reveal to Scott what she had seen from the train the day Megan disappeared…

    On the opposite wall are two small black-framed collections of enamel watch faces, another of Bode-Tyson’s unique selections for the characters…

    Emily Blunt, Luke Evans.
    Photo by Jessica Miglio ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house, prior…

    Megan [Haley Bennett] began working as a nanny for Anna and Tom, who lived down the street…

    Rachel voyeuristically observes both houses and the people within from her seat on the train…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house, prior…

    When Anna moved in to what had been Rachel’s home, she added color and prints to make space more hers…

    Haley Bennett, Rebecca Fergusson.
    Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house, prior…

    Anna [Rebecca Fergusson], now Tom’s wife, with the baby Rachel always wanted when she and Tom were married…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    Rachel had quietly curated her dream house when she and Tom were happily married. Some of the elements remain: the sofa, pine table and antique sideboard/dry sink. But the wallpaper, printed upholstery, stripes and checks are Anna’s foothold statement…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    Anna [Rebecca Fergusson] mothering instincts are in high gear when Rachel comes to the house…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    Anna [Rebecca Fergusson] has discovered Tom
    [Justin Theroux] has been having an affair…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    Filmed on location and partially on stage, the location house owners allowed the film team to change the kitchen countertops, cabinets and hardware, and add the wallpaper…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    Anna [Rebecca Fergusson] searches for the charger to Tom’s secret phone…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    Ticking, striped fabrics and striped rug...Anna has put her stamp on the house…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    The vintage console table is probably the only piece from Rachel’s collection left in this room…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    The chandelier was extant in the location and seemed perfect for the storyline.
    Bode-Tyson found something similar for the onstage build, where the foyer and stairs were re-created for filming the action scenes…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Watson house…

    The classic Hudson valley upscale suburban, a gabled blue colonial…
    The film explores what is behind all that perfection.

    Rebecca Fergusson.
    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.



  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Cathy’s house,
    where Rachel resides…


    Detective Riley [Allison Janney] shows Rachel a photo of the murdered woman…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Cathy’s house…

    Rachel [Emily Blunt] denies involvement…

    The chairs came from a favorite used-furniture store, a source of many interesting finds for Bode-Tyson over the years…

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Cathy’s house…

    “This was such a grand set to work on because this character was supposed to have a bit of an edge and we felt that though she didn’t have much money, she did have an interesting eye,” says Bode-Tyson. “We based the set on a space we saw in Hastings that looked out over the railroad tracks…”

    Laura Prepon, Mac Tavares, Allison Janney
    ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Cathy’s house…

    Cathy and her home are as full of life as Rachel is empty, which explains why she has let Rachel stay with her long beyond the initial two weeks and is protective of her now…

    Allison Janney, Emily Blunt, Laura Prepon, Mac Tavares.
    Photo ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.



  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Rachel’s room…

    Rachel [Emily Blunt] resides in a spare room. Her sketches are the only personal touch...

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Rachel’s room…

    Bode-Tyson used her own vintage lace curtains, which add a softening to the otherwise unadorned room.
    “We just kept the room very stark, very pale, and Charlotte lit it beautifully…DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen. She was wonderful…the combination of Charlotte and Kevin was just spectacular…”

    Photo Dreamworks©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Oyster bar…

    Grand Central’s iconic Oyster Bar & Restaurant, which opened its doors in 1913, provided the setting for a key scene in the story…

    Emily Blunt.
    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.


  • set decorator
    Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA

    production designer
    Kevin Thompson

    Universal

    Manhattan bar…

    When she wasn’t slurping vodka from a sippy bottle and straw on the train, Rachel [Emily Blunt] could often be found having a 3-olive martini…

    Photo by Barry Wetcher ©2016 Storyteller Distribution.

Trains are featured sets in two key films this year, Spain’s entry for Best Foreign Film, Pedro Almodóvar’s JULIETA and the eponymous THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Whereas the first film focuses on action within the train on a long distance trip, the second, based on a best-selling novel, places the audience aboard a commuter train traversing between Manhattan and New York’s bedroom communities.

Through the train windows, we have viewing access into the seemingly perfect backyards and lives, as does the film’s central character, who becomes more and more directly involved in what initially seems as heightened voyeurism.
 
Set Decorator Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA and Production Designer Kevin Thompson, who are each known for an elevated sense of style, brought their top teams to the project.* They not only created these picture-perfect homes but also built an accurate reproduction of the Metro-North Hudson Line train.
 
While doing extensive train research on the internet, Bode-Tyson came across an obscure blog reference to a derelict NY Metro North car that someone had noticed in a scrap yard in Ohio. After several attempts, she located the owner of the yard, who was willing to hold the train car from being scrapped while she and Art Director Deb Jensen flew from New York to Cleveland, then drove an hour northeast to the scrapyard in order to determine if the interior would be usable for filming!
 
“We bought a train,” she says with a smile. It was taken apart and packed in sections in the correct order for reassembling, then trucked to New York where the teams constructed and fitted out an iconic commuter train so accurate that we felt we were actually travelling back and forth on it!
 
Bode-Tyson reveals that she had the train seats custom made because in her experience, recovering older transportation seats is often problematic. So she found vinyl that closely matched the original, and this crucial set, which she expected to be the most difficult to create on stage, came together beautifully!
 
In the photo gallery above, we have a glimpse into other key sets, including:

·      The Westchester former home of the central character, the commuter Rachel [Emily Blunt], in which her ex-husband Tom [Justin Theroux] now lives with his new wife Anna [Rebecca Fergusson] and baby…Anna has redecorated to put her stamp on the house, but some of the good bones from Rachel’s quietly curated furnishings are still there, heart-breaking for her…

·      Megan and Scott’s house [Haley Bennett, Luke Evans] a few doors down on Beckett Road, which Rachel begins to obsess about…

·      The house where Rachel is currently residing - a spare room in an otherwise overflowing earthy home, to which she doesn’t seem to be able to connect…

·      The psychiatrist Dr. Kamal Abdic’s [Édgar Ramírez] office and home, each an oasis of calm in a fraught tale…

·      …and for a touch of Manhattan, an oyster bar, plus a upscale bar where Rachel imbibes 3-olive martinis…that's plural...!





 
 *Bode-Tyson notes:
“It was a joy to work with Kevin Thompson, and be a part of his process in bringing his vision to the screen. I always learn something working with Kevin. Director of Photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen beautifully lit and shot the movie; and my assistants Sara Dennis and Anya Lebow, SDSA Associate member, were wonderful.
It was truly a great movie to be part of, a very special experience…"
 
 


 


film decor archives

LOGAN 2017-03-03
FIFTY SHADES DARKER 2017-02-23
HAIL, CAESAR! 2017-02-20
ARRIVAL 2017-02-15
LA LA LAND 2017-02-14
20th CENTURY WOMEN 2017-01-23
ALLIED 2017-01-11
THE FOUNDER 2017-01-02
PASSENGERS 2016-12-21
JACKIE 2016-12-18
HACKSAW RIDGE 2016-11-22
MOONLIGHT 2016-11-14
THE DRESSMAKER 2016-10-31
MASTERMINDS 2016-09-30
MASTERMINDS 2016-09-30
THE BFG 2016-08-27
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 2016-06-05
BATMAN v SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice 2016-05-09
MILES AHEAD 2016-04-11
THE BIG SHORT 2016-04-04
THE MARTIAN 2016-02-15
BRIDGE OF SPIES 2016-01-22
TRUMBO 2015-12-19
SECRET IN THEIR EYES 2015-12-06
SPY 2015-08-02
TERMINATOR: GENISYS 2015-07-20
JUPITER ASCENDING 2015-02-24
SEVENTH SON 2015-02-24
BIRDMAN 2015-02-01
SELMA 2015-01-21
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR 2015-01-09
THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE 5 ARMIES 2014-12-31
WHIPLASH 2014-12-21
GET ON UP 2014-08-05
CHEF 2014-06-28
x-men: days of future past 2014-06-13
the amazing spider-man 2 2014-05-03
nebraska 2014-02-25
lovelace 2014-01-08
inside llewyn davis 2013-12-21
saving mr. banks 2013-12-12
rush 2013-10-07
prisoners 2013-10-01
world war z 2013-07-15
star trek into darkness 2013-06-06
lincoln 2013-01-03
the master 2012-11-17
cloud atlas 2012-11-11
the bourne legacy 2012-10-11
lawless 2012-09-24
the amazing spider-man 2012-09-08
the avengers 2012-05-22
good deeds 2012-03-28
hugo 2012-01-27
the help 2011-12-18
twilight: breaking dawn, part 1 2011-12-13
my week with marilyn 2011-12-04
the ides of march 2011-10-20
what's your number? 2011-10-11
contagion 2011-10-03
cowboys & aliens 2011-08-14
super 8 2011-06-21
the conspirator 2011-05-15
limitless 2011-03-26
little fockers 2011-01-14
the next three days 2011-01-05
the social network 2011-01-04
agora 2010-08-28
knight & day 2010-07-02
sex & the city 2 2010-06-02
sherlock holmes 2010-02-08
the lovely bones 2010-01-26
inglourious basterds 2010-01-10
cirque du freak 2009-11-12