BAFTA Television Craft Awards choses
PENNY DREADFUL for Best Production Design/Set Decoration
PENNY DREADFUL was awarded the Production Design Award at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards on Sunday April 26th!
The award was shared by Set Decorator Philip Murphy SDSA and Production Designer Jonathan McKinstry.
The elaborately layered Victorian supernatural horror series on Showtime showcases remarkable sets depicting 1870's London filmed at the legendary Ardmore Studios just outside Dublin, a location chosen due to scope of the building of London Streets, the full Grand Guignol Theatre,Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory and multiple elaborate interiors needing effects rigging for hair-raising scenes.
See a snippet of conversation with Philip Murphy SDSA regarding cracked tabletops HERE
The second season of PENNY DREADFUL premieres Sunday May 3rd at 10pm on Showtime.
The SDSA extends thanks to new Business Members Jaxon for hosting the April General Membership Meeting at their Helms Complex location.
Gold, silver and pearl balloon clusters by Aah Inspiring Balloons invited guests into the large showroom of contemporary furnishings. SDSA Members nibbled on-trend cuisine provided by frequent SDSA collaborator Sunrise to Sunset Catering, while sitting among the plush couches and chairs made from green and recycled materials...most of the furniture can be altered or custom-created in the Jaxon Los Angeles factory. Elegant boxed florals by Sandy Rose Floral Inc enhanced the furniture vignettes, a chanteuse singing torch songs throughout the cocktail party infused an additional elegance. Special thanks to SDSA Decorator Member April Glover for bringing this party together on short notice.
Fun door prizes of Rumchata from Hollywood International Placements, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Firemen’s Brew from Placed4Success Product Placement, beautiful photo frames from Charles and Charles, Christian Dior home spray provided from the hosts, as well as elegant throw pillows from Jaxon were given away to lucky winners.
Contact Victoria and Braden Richter at Jaxon
Helms Bakery District
8884 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
310-836-5900 firstname.lastname@example.org jaxonhome.com
Parking and Loading Dock in rear
In Memoriam Jim Marin The SDSA announces the death of former longtime Business Member Jim Marin, who owned Art Deco LA prop house (the location now currently housing Business member Nest) before relocating to Las Vegas in 2006. Most recently, he owned a far out and fabulous Vegas retail shop named Viva Hollywood.
Jim, age 69, was hospitalized in January at Las Vegas University Hospital with an abdominal aneurism. He died on March 25 2015 at an undisclosed hospice.
Jim had many friends and colleagues from his time as an SDSA Business Member.
The SDSA Annual Awards Luncheon was held on Sunday March 15th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA.
Pictures of the event are available HERE -
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The 2015 Earl Cooperman SDSA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Audrey Blasdell-Goddard.
The SDSA Chair Award is presented to set decorators and business members who have gone above and beyond in service to the organization. Chair Hold Tags are presented to those persons receiving their second recognition. Chairs or Hold Tags were presented to:
Adrianna Cruz-Ocampo - U-Frame-It Gallery
Allan Songer - Omega|Cinema Props
Amy Hilker - Warner Bros. Studio Facilities
Beverly Hadley - Universal Studios Property
Corri Levelle - Sandy Rose Floral, Inc.
Dyann Klein - propNspoon/Props For Today
E. Sean Griffin – former Business Member
John Fluke - Placed4Success
Mimi Clarke - Front Row Media
Tami Glenn Cooper - Hollywood International Placements
Willy Carter – RC Vintage
Set Decorator Andrew Baseman SDSA
Set Decorator Beth Wooke SDSA
Set Decorator Chanida A. Trueblood SDSA
Set Decorator Regina O'Brien SDSA
Set Decorator Tom Early SDSA
Installed in the SDSA Hall of Fame this year were retiring members Ronnie Wexler and John Rettino of the Warner Bros Property Department, and Linda Montana of Independent Studio Services, all of whom were in attendance and received a resounding standing ovation. Frank Simpson from Sony Picture Studios Property was also honored but not in attendance.
The 2015 SDSA Business Member Of the Year Award went to
FormDecor Furniture Rental in recognition for exceptional
contributions to the SDSA.
This year's Leslie Frankenheimer Scholarships were awarded to
Alejandra Moreno, who studies molecular biology at UC Berkeley, and
Nicolas de Soto-Foley, who is studying film at Wesleyan, Connecticut.
Each recipient receives a $2,500 scholarship underwritten by Lennie
Marvin's Prop Heaven and Faux Library Studio Rentals.
Thank you to all the Business Members and entertainment industry allies in helping make the SDSA 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon a success! Without our Table Sponsors, Raffle Donors and Floral Creators our events would just not be the same quality, thus special thanks to:
It is with great sadness that the announcement is made to friends and business associates of Eclectic/Encore Props of the passing of James Gill.
Jim was a driving force at Eclectic for 22 years and even though he retired 2 years ago, he is well remembered in the hearts of many friends, clients and co workers. Many will have wonderful memories of his smile, laugh, spirit and the kindness that he generously showed to all. He will be missed deeply.
If you would like to send your condolences, via mail or Email, Eclectic/Encore will foreword them to his family. Click on the email link below or send mail to the following address:
Eclectic/Encore Properties, Inc
Attn: Family of James Gill
47-51 33rd Street
Long Island City, New York 11101
Thank you to Bridge Props LA for hosting the SDSA General Membership Meeting on January 22nd. Owners Matt Hennessey and David Wilson, along with Manager JoAnn Vara and everyone’s favorite mascot Pepper, invited the SDSA Membership to view their newly opened Los Angeles/Burbank space with wine and soft drinks and tray-passed goodies prepared by SDSA catering pals Boyz in the Kitchen, who also brought out a fantastic dessert spread towards the end of the evening.
Bridge Props has been a New York prop house fixture since 2006 supplying feature films, television shows, photo shoots, commercials and events. With steady growth and a few moves around Brooklyn, they joined the SDSA in early 2011 and have been an active member since...all the way to opening a second Bridge Props on “The Coast” where the 12,000 sq. ft. facility hosted the SDSA’s first General Membership Meeting of 2015.
Balloon Columns from the ever-creative Aah Inspiring Balloons marked the entrance from busy Vanowen Street. Gorgeous floral displays provided by Sandy Rose Floral greeted attendees as they entered and milled about the warehouse. LA Party Rents supplied plates, serving pieces and seating for the overflowing crowd. Thank you to all!
SDSA President Shirley Starks and Chairman of the Board Phil Hoffman ran through a large number of upcoming SDSA events including the March 15th Annual Awards Luncheon and The Leslie Frankenheimer Scholarship, while doling out door prizes of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and tasting 6 packs of Fireman’s Brew beer courtesy of Placed4Success Product Placement/John Fluke, Rumchata gift packs courtesy of Hollywood International Placements/Tami Glenn Cooper, and Alex Theatre tickets courtesy of History for Hire/Pam and Jim Elyea.
The lovely evening was topped off by the canvas tote and measuring tape giveaway from our hosts.
The SDSA both thanks and welcomes Bridge Props LA.
Thank you to propNspoon for hosting the December 19th SDSA East Coast Chapter Holiday Party!
The warmth of the recently re-located Long Island City prop house and the gathering of friends and colleagues chased away the winter chill as SDSA Members and guests nibbled and noshed and sipped whiskey cocktails provided by Michter’s Whiskey, a small batch American-made whiskey supplied by Wendy Cohen, and wine provided by Bridge Props.
It has been almost 5 years now that the two well-established companies, prop house Props for Today and The Spoon Group, a custom fabrications house, merged to form propNspoon a one-stop solution for clients, for all of their prop and furniture rental needs and fabrication requirements. Now two years after relocating to their current Long Island City location, owners Dyann Klien and Harlan Silverstein opened their doors to host this SDSA East Coast Chapter Holiday Event.
Additional thanks to Errol and Hadeed at American Foliage for the Christmas tree, Joe Magliocco at Michter’s, and Dominique Montelbano and Sheri Robbins at propNspoon for additional support.
picture 1 The party crowd
picture 2 Amanda Carroll; Business Member Susan Block, artist; Susan Kauffman
picture 3 George DeTitta, Jr
picture 4 Dyann Klein, proprietor, propNspoon
picture 5 David Schlesinger
Pam Elyea, VP of History for Hire and long time SDSA Business Member was the recipient of the President’s Award from the Valley Industry & Commerce Association at a luncheon held on December 11 in Woodland Hills.
Pam is known for being a high profile advocate, not just for the SDSA, but also as a community leader and activist for many causes including historical, heritage and preservation societies, education and preservation of film, music and the arts and community associations and service organizations, with VICA being another of Pam’s many devoted passions.
VICA, one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Southern California maintains a regular presence at all levels of government to effectively represent Valley businesses in legislative and economic issues.
Among the SDSA Members present to see Pam presented this prestigious award where SDSA President Shirley Starks, Chairman of the Board Philip Hoffman, Executive Director Gene Cane, Set Decorator and SDSA Founder Robert Zilliox, Set Decorators Linda Sutton Doll, Richard Walker, Ron V Franco and SDSA Business Members Adrianna Cruz Ocampo, U Frame It Gallery and Monty Pollack, Hand Prop Room
photo 1, Robert Zilliox, Pam Elyea
photo 2, Richard Walker, Ron V Franco, Monty Pollack
Photos courtesy Sean Twomey
Photo 1 Party Crowd
Photo 2 SDSA Business Member Adrianna Cruz Ocampo, U Frame It Gallery, SDSA Associate Member Ron Shulem, SDSA Business Member Shelley Freeman, Mannequin Gallery, SDSA Associate Member Ani Babayan
On November 6thWoven Accents opened their toney West Hollywood showroom for the SDSA General Membership Meeting. The crowd was dazzled by an array of antique, vintage tribal and cool contemporary rugs, as well as the Howe London line of antiques and custom furniture, lighting and curiosities, an amazing cache of European curiosities. Woven Accents is now the exclusive showroom in the U.S. to carry these stunning pieces.
Wraps, salads and tubs of cool drinks added to the simple elegance of party at the Melrose Avenue digs.
The SDSA thanks the Moradzadeh family and Showroom Manager Jeannene Sands and Creative Director Ginna Christiansen for hosting; Placed4Success Product Placement for the Tito’s Handmade Vodka and for the M Lawrence Sparkling Wines from L Mawby Vineyards door prizes; and Classic Party Rental for seating and equipment. Our hosts also supplied a door prize of a hand-painted graffiti-inspired throw pillow by artist Rodrigo Valles from their "One Love" collection.
Contact: Jeannene Sands
8674 Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069
Michelle Reid, Business Member Unique Antiques and Collectibles
Donald Elmblad, Decorator Member among the finery
Courtesy of Mariam Hakhnazaryan
Thanks to SDSA Business Member Forman & Associates for hosting the October General Membership Meeting at their newly opened Van Nuys location!
Forman & Associates has emerged from its roots in the entertainment industry to expand into a broad spectrum of architectural and general lighting projects in the region and can support lighting designs for any project from the dramatic entrance at LAX to set decoration for film, television, commercials and other media.
On October 23rd, Forman and Associates put on quite a show for the SDSA with barbeque, cocktails and a tabletop exhibit space showcasing manufacturers of the latest technology in lighting and lighting equipment. Exhibitors included:
SDSA Decorator Member April Glover is hosting a brand new design series for A&E Networks called UNLIVABLE. The exciting new design style show features April, along with Gary Stein, helping new homeowners spin their HOT mess of a house into a little slice of heaven. The series premiere is October 15th at 7pm on FYI channel (formally the BIO channel).
E ONLINE: "There's so much that goes into the making of a new comedy: super funny actors and an awesome premise, for one. And Marry Me has that in spades. The show is inspired by series creator David Caspe's real-life marriage to actress Casey Wilson (who plays Annie in the show), so already our interest is piqued.
But then there are other major aspects that go into a new comedy, as well, like set design. So, we caught up with Marry Me's production designer Denise Pizzini, who schooled us on what it's like to work on a new comedy series. Keep reading to get the scoop!"
Scandal, ABC’s addictive series about political intrigue and sabotage among Washington D.C.’s power circles, returns for a fourth season tonight. Created by Shonda Rhimes of Grey’s Anatomy fame, the thriller centers around D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), whose firm—made up of a staff she calls "gladiators in suits"—manages the personal and professional crises of Washington’s elite, including her on-again, off-again lover, President Fitzgerald Grant (played by Tony Goldwyn).
The offices at two of Washington’s most powerful addresses—K Street and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and Pope’s residence are created by production designer Corey Kaplan (The X Files and Cold Case) and set decorator Barbara Cassel SDSA (Vegas). Believability and expediency are both challenges; studio backlots in Los Angeles double as the nation’s capital, while the production team designs an incredible 450 sets in a 22-episode season. "Knowing the real First Lady watches our show, the pressure is on," Cassel says of Michelle Obama, one of the series’ biggest fans.
Click below for a slide show of the sets from Architectural Digest magazine!
On Friday September 19th, Dazian Fabric Environments hosted a spectacular special event dedicated to the Set Decorators Society of America and the Art Directors Guild.
The entire Dazian team wowed attendees with a vintage prohibition speakeasy leading to a dazzling Gatsby inspired showroom, complete with a Champagne Girl lounging inside a nine foot champagne glass on a table adorned with glasses filled with the chilled bubbly.
Dazian Fabric Environments showcased their range of fabulous elements for stage and sets including:
Since 2004, Shelley Freeman and Walt Wilkey of the Mannequin Gallery have been quite the stars as Business Members of the Set Decorators Society of America and as the go to place for any and all mannequin needs. Now Shelley and Mannequin Gallery are guest stars on the small screen in an episode of A&E Network’s “SHIPPING WARS”, with Shelley introducing series co-star Dusty Davie to the groom he is to accompany.
The fabled fictional city known as the home of Batman enjoys another small-screen interpretation in Gotham, a new Fox series debuting Monday. The origin story of idealistic rookie detective James Gordon and the rise of supervillains Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin is reimagined against the dark backdrop of a decayed and crime-ridden urban decay.
Production designer Doug Kraner (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY) looked to the Batman film adaptations for their stylized, iconic settings. Kraner—along with director and executive producer, Danny Cannon, and creator and executive producer Bruno Heller—sought to create a timeless universe. "We looked at the best work from all of the earlier [Batman] efforts," Kraner explains, "and then set out with the belief that by telling this new part of the story, we would achieve something not only different but exciting and fun. We wanted Gotham to be its own world. It’s a legend in our collective imagination."
Together with set decorators Regina Graves SDSA (SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY) and Andrew Baseman SDSA (THE AMERICANS), the design team created the spaces inhabited by Gotham’s custodians of justice and the seedy characters they chase.
Click here for a slideshow of sets and below for full article:
In the aftermath of the MIDNIGHT RIDER tragedy, a wide group of filmmakers have found a positive way to address safety issues, and to honor Sarah Jones, by creating a mobile app!
Below is a letter from one of the members of the group. Please read it and then visit the website:pledgetosarah.org
We are making the information available. It is your choice to follow through.
I’m with an organization called Pledge to Sarah. Our website can be found at pledgetosarah.org.
We are a group of filmmakers from across the US that have banded together in a mutual desire to make our sets a safer place to be. We came together as a result of the Midnight Rider tragedy and the death of Sarah Jones. Some of us were lucky enough to know Sarah, and some of us will never get the opportunity. We are members of various locals and guilds. We are represented in multiple cities across the US. We are all volunteers and most of us have financially donated what we can to our cause. We are all donating our time while working full time jobs on set, oftentimes working during our lunch breaks or after a 14-hour day. We keep in constant contact with Sarah’s family to get their feedback and blessing on everything we do.
What we have spent the last few months working on is creating a mobile app. The app is geared towardseveryonein the industry and is free of charge. Anyone can use it, from actors to production assistants, all crew, union and non-union.
What the app does is 3-fold:
1) It allows for submission of time cards showing long or abusive hours that we can then pass on to the unions. This gives them more information when they go into contract negotiations.
2) It puts all of the CSATF safety bulletins at the tip of the user’s fingers. Instant access. No searching, no wondering. Instant access.
...This next one is the most important one to us….
3) It allows the user to call the three major safety hotlines anonymously. Most people don’t call because they validly fear punishment or retribution for placing the call. By allowing the caller’s phone number to be blocked when dialing, it creates a level of anonymity that wasn’t previously there. We hope that more people will call when something that is unsafe is not being properly addressed on set.
We planned to launch on September 22, 2014 — today. This would have been Sarah’s 28th birthday. We're still tweaking the app, so it will not be ready for a week or two but we still need your help.
We would love you to help us spread the word. The more people that know about the app, the more it will be downloaded and used. And we hope that it directly results in safer sets.
Please go to our website, where you will find both the app (once it is ready) and the pledge: pledgetosarah.org
Set Decorator Rand Sagers SDSA collected anecdotes from SDSA members and collaborated with Variety 411 for an interesting inside look at the craft of Set Decoration. This is must read information for anyone interested in Set Dec.
SDSA Emmy Party hosted by Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture, view photos! The SDSA Emmy Party was held on August 14th hosted by Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture. The event honors the SDSA Members nominated for television's top award. Thank you to Mark, Eric and Jerry Goldman and all the wonderful staff at Advanced Liquidators. Everyone in attendance had a great time and our SDSA Business Members once again pitched in with assistance to make the event a glamorous success.
Photographs from Erik Neldner Photography are available for viewing and purchase. Please click on photo below:
UPTick Wines provided by Hollywood International Placements
Tito's Handmade Vodka provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
M. Lawrence Sparkling Wines provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
Hot Mixology Party Box Mix provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
Fireman's Brew Beverages provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
Seventh Generation Product provided by International Promotions
Lifefactory Gift Items provided by International Promotions
Zippo Rugged Lanterns provided by Front Row Media
W.R. Case & Sons Knife Sets provided by Front Row Media
TapSnap Photo Booth provided by Eclipse Worldwide
H.L. Swensen Mystery Novel Gift Bags provided by Joanne Fluke
Hors d'oeuvres and Dinner by Bruce's Catering
Cupcake Desserts by Eat Dessert First
Photography by Erik Neldner Photography