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In recognition of his estimable body of work in feature films and his contributions to the industry, Set Decorator Hilton Rosemarin SDSA is the recipient of the Set Decorators Society of America Career Achievement Award, the organization’s highest honor.
early experience in classical theater combined with his love of film and
enthusiasm for technology epitomize the journey of the modern professional. His
film career began in the 1970s, his most recent work will be seen in the
upcoming film ZOOKEEPER (July 2011).
the decades unfolded, he has embraced each form of emerging technology: cell
phones, the internet, digital photography, and computer programs ranging from
budget tracking to those enhancing the practice of design.
member of the SDSA Board of Directors, when he was not abroad working, 2000-2007,
Rosemarin has introduced fellow set decorators to the newest technical tools,
extolling the virtues of hardware or software innovations, whether at board meetings
or over coffee…always with a grin of delight.
brings excitement and zeal to each project, and openness to new experiences.
His film work has ranged from action-adventure: HELLBOY, XXX, JUMPER, ROLLERBALL,
to character-driven films about strong women: MERMAIDS, THIS IS MY LIFE, USED
PEOPLE, to westerns & psychological thrillers: THE QUICK & THE DEAD,
THE GHOST & THE DARKNESS, A SIMPLE PLAN, to pop culture: COCKTAIL, to
family films: MARLEY & ME, ZOOKEEPER…and myriad others…s.
has welcomed the opportunity to work all over the world, from his native
Montreal & Toronto, across the US, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa. His favorite cities
include: Los Angeles, Prague, Rome, London and Cape Town. With that variety comes
a passion for inclusiveness and a worldwide perspective.
wife Philippa, VP Business Affairs for a multi-media company, points out, “Hilton
has always been a restless soul and has loved travelling to new places; working
in different countries around the world, experiencing other languages and
cultures, meeting new people and making new friends. Hilton could be dropped
into the middle of a city he had never been to before and by the end of the day
he would know where everything was and how to get there.”
studied technical theater at Ryerson University in Toronto, and pursued music
studies for many years, discovering and sharing music from around the world. His
daughters, Chloe and Astrid, have inherited the technical gene, one trained in
technical theater, the other works for a trade association for media companies.
Rosemarin’s filmography includes works by Arthur Miller and Stephen King, and a
diverse group of directors including Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Benjamin, John
McTiernan, Sam Raimi, Robert Redford, and Nora Ephron.
MARLEY & ME
XXX: STATE OF THE UNION
XXX[with Chris Spellman]
MURDER BY NUMBERS
THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE
A SIMPLE PLAN
THE HORSE WHISPERER [with Gretchen Rau]
BOOTY CALL [with Danielle Fleury]
THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS
HIGH INCIDENT [TV series]
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
MADE IN AMERICA
THIS IS MY LIFE [with Jaro Dick]
BILLY BATHGATE [with George DeTitta Sr]
A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON
THREE MEN AND A BABY [with Jacques Bradette]
THE BEDROOM WINDOW
JOSHUA THEN AND NOW [with Rose Marie McSherry]
MRS. SOFFEL [with Dan Conley]
A MATTER OF SEX [TV movie]
CLASS OF 1984
1982 THE INCUBUS
MIDDLE AGE CRAZY
Hilton died at home on Sunday, May 8, 2011 of brain cancer. He leaves behind and brokenhearted his partner, Philippa King, and their two daughters, Chloe (Adam) and Astrid (Andrew). Dear son of Anne Rosemarin and brother of Freya Schnitzler (Larry) and Arno Rosemarin. Predeceased by his father Samson, his father-in-law Robert King, his brother-in-law Matthew King and sister-in-law Brenda King. He was much loved and will be terribly missed by his extended family of aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, his brother-in-law, Andrew King and sister-in-law, Jennifer King, as well as Maaret Koskinen.
Hilton studied music and theatre in Montreal, where he was born on June 16, 1952, and studied technical theatre at Ryerson University in Toronto. He worked around the world as a Set Decorator on more than fifty motion pictures. He has received the Set Decorators Society of America’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award (click here to read Spotlight story on his award). A complete list of his credits is available on the IMDB website.
He faced terminal illness with courage, peace and equanimity. He has led the way for all of us. We thank our friends and family, the Palliative Care team and caregivers for all of their love, care and support, without which we would not have been able to care for Hilton at home as he wished.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, East Gate Entrance (416-485-5572). It will be webcast for the benefit of his many friends living all over the world who would like to share it with us. Log-in information will be posted at www.caringbridge.org/visit/hiltonrosemarin In lieu of flowers, please give generously to the Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.