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THE BUZZ: Featuring Rena DeAngelo SDSA

SDSA Buzz - Issue 14, October 2016
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In this issue: SDSA Event and News Coverage,
and Rena DeAngelo is in the Set Decorator Spotlight
This season's amazing SDSA Emmy Party was hosted by Business Member H.D. ButtercupChad Norris and the Downtown Los Angeles location crew, including Hallie Sand, put on a most fabulous white-draped do. In using little decoration around the HD Buttercup showroom, Chad allowed the flowing white-clad party attendees to become the event decoration, very clever indeed.
Thank you to the SDSA Business Members who have contributed to this exceptional event—without our Business Members giving so generously in goods, services, donations, discounts and gifts, we could not have these amazing parties. Show your Business Members how much you appreciate them!
A link to more photo coverage of the party is available at Press/News on the SDSA website.
Day with the Set Decorator - Master Class

SDSA Business Member Warner Bros. Property Department hosted the first-ever Day with the Set Decorator Master Class!  Forty-six students from area college design programs had an opportunity to be mentored through the process: learning the character and time period of the story, planning the decor and shopping, then preparing their image boards and presenting their plan.  Thank you to  Amy Hilker and Chris Dechert , DWSD coordinators Daryn Reid Goodall, William DeBiasio and Natalie Contreras, and to the Set Decorator docents and volunteers who helped to make this first Master Class a grand success!  We're already looking forward to the next one!
DTLA Film Festival
THE ART OF SILENT STORY TELLING - A Set Decorator's Perspective

This years DTLA Film  Festival featured a panel discussion on the importance of the Set Decorator's unique contribution to film and television in a discussion exploring the essential creative role of the Set Decorator in storytelling for entertainment Moderated by Ellen Harrington, Museum Collections Curator at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, panelists included Emmy nominated Set Decorator Susan Benjamin SDSA; AMPAS member Cal Loucks SDSA: Oscar nominated and Emmy winning Set Decorator Jan Pascale SDSA; and Emmy nominated Set Decorator Ann Shea SDSA.

L to R: Shirley Starks SDSA, Ellen Harrington, Cal Loucks SDSA, Susan Benjamin SDSA, Jan Pascale SDSA, Ann Shea SDSA and Phillip Hoffman SDSA

Photo Credit: Luis R. Quintero
SDSA Set Decorators Mentioned in Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest recently posted two articles in their Set Design column featuring interviews with Production Designer Dave Blass. Editor Elizabeth Stamp talks to Blass about his work with Set Decorator Andi Brittan SDSA on the new Fox series PITCH, and with his longtime collaborator, Set Decorator Shauna Aronson SDSA on ABC's SECRETS & LIES. 
AD also went inside the sets of NBC's THIS IS US, with Production Designer Gary Frutkoff, and a slide show showcasing the beautiful sets decorated by Set Decorator Beth Wooke SDSA.
                                                                                                                  THIS IS US
                                                                                                                               PHOTO CREDIT Beth Wooke

Set Dec Series Posts New Videos

SDSA Business Member Warner Bros. Property Dept. have posted more videos in their Set Decorator series. 

Check out this interview with Set Decorator William DeBiasio SDSA.
Mark your calendar for the WestEdge Design Fair!

The SDSA is presenting a panel discussion again this year at the WestEdge Design Fair,
on Saturday, November 5th, 5:00pm

Defining Character: When Your Client Is A Script

Interior designers have the luxury of interviewing their clients to get a sense of the environment they will create. Set decorators must develop characters from reading the script. This panel covers the process a set decorator undergoes to take characters from the page to the stage, creating environments for the story. Depending on the character, a set decorator must go into cutting-edge retail or look to a future that does not even exist, therefore setting trends. Four renowned set decorators share their stories. This is how they do it.

Moderated by: Ruth Tooker, Architectural Digest
Featuring: Rosemary Brandenburg SDSA (Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), The Hateful Eight, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Unstoppable); William DeBiasio SDSA (Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love, Chuck, Melrose Place); K.C. Fox SDSA (Criminal Minds, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Rock of Ages, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Tara Stephenson-Fong SDSA (School of Rock, Over Her Dead Body, Haunted Hathaways, That 70s Show)

                       Come on out and support the SDSA, and hear a great discussion about
                                     the craft from some wonderful SDSA members!

                         Advance tickets can be purchased here, as well as on the day of the show.

Did you know that the SDSA has members all over the world?!

The Set Decorators Society of America community is growing internationally! The goal: world domination! We currently have members in Canada, England, Australia, Italy, France, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand and South Africa!  Be sure to check the International Members Directory when you are traveling or working abroad and connect with fellow members.


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Our consultants work closely with both retail and professional clients. We encourage you to visit our showroom and get the full experience of Hästens yourself. Our consultants would be happy to tell you more about our rental- and referral programs.


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 Rena DeAngelo

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In a Few Words...

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could speak another language. I would love to speak Italian or French fluently so that I could have an actual conversation and not just order a glass of wine and some pasta.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement, ask me again in a few years.

Which word or phrase do you most overuse?  
I say OH MY GOD a lot! Either in a really happy "Oh My God that looks great", or a horrified, "Oh My God now what?"

What do you look for on the Craft Services table?
Swedish Fish

Please name a benefit of being an SDSA member.
Being an SDSA member makes you a part of a community. Decorating is a lonely job sometimes and its great to have a family of like-minded people to share experiences, ask questions and voice our concerns. The website is a great resource and a great place to see the work of all the talented people in our field.
Check out these articles in SETDECOR ONLINE!
Set Decorator David Smith SDSA fills us in on how he and Production Designer Clayton Hartley happily dove into creating the sets for the action-comedy MASTERMINDS, based on the true story of one of the largest and craziest heists in U.S. history.

Set Decorator Gina Cromwell SDSA takes us through how she and her team helped us make the leap into 18th century Paris, and Production Designer Jon Gary Steele joins her to give us a quick look at their approach to the process of creating the entire 

Director Derek Cianfrance talks with SET DECOR about the challenges and the necessity of "trying to be as truthful as possible," and the process of making THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

     More articles are waiting for you at Set Decor Online
SDSA Members are hard at work on...

Some of your favorite shows:

BLUNT TALK Set Decorator - Shauna Aaronson SDSA
THE MINDY PROJECT Set Decorator - Lori Mazuer SDSA
                                                                          Buyer - Natalie Contreras SDSA (Associate)                               
THE RANCH Set Decorator - Tara Stephenson-Fong SDSA
THE MIDDLE Set Decorator - Julie Fanton SDSA  
JANE THE VIRGIN Set Decorator - Kim Leonard SDSA
2 BROKE GIRLS Set Decorator - Amy Feldman SDSA
PEOPLE OF EARTH Set Decorator - Christina Kuhnigk SDSA
NO TOMORROW Set Decorator - Bryan Venegas SDSA
THE BIG BANG THEORY Set Decorator - Ann Shea SDSA
THE GREAT INDOORS Set Decorator - Melinda Ritz SDSA
LIFE IN PIECES Set Decorator - Richard C. Walker SDSA
PURE GENIUS Set Decorator - Kate Sullivan SDSA
FALLING WATER Set Decorator - Rich Devine SDSA
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Set Decorator - Karen Bruck SDSA
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Set Decorator - Bryan Venegas SDSA
MADAME SECRETARY Set Decorator - Shelia Bock SDSA
GRAVES Set Decorator - Bryony Foster SDSA
DIVORCE Set Decorator - Melanie J. Baker SDSA
INSECURE Set Decorator - Jennifer Gentile SDSA (Pilot)
GOLIATH Set Decorator - Ron Franco SDSA
                                               GOOD GIRLS REVOLT Set Decorator - David Schlesinger SDSA
LETHAL WEAPON Buyer - Allison Veilleux SDSA (Associate)
MOM Set Decorator - Ann Shea SDSA
NOTORIOUS Set Decorator - Brenda Meyers-Ballard SDSA,
                                               On-Set Dresser - Christina Giovacchini SDSA (Associate)
SPEECHLESS Set Decorator - Don Diers SDSA,
Production Designer - Denise Pizzini SDSA

Playing at a theater near you:

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Set Decorator – Susan Bode-Tyson SDSA
KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? Set Decorator - Julie Drach SDSA
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL Set Decorator - Brenda Meyers-Ballard SDSA
                                   Buyer - Gisoo Jivadi SDSA (Associate)
                                                On-Set Dresser - Christina Giovacchini SDSA (Associate)

Don't see your show listed here?! Let us know what you're working on!
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 Please welcome the following Members:
Missy Parker SDSA Set Decorator
Jill Carvalho SDSA (Associate)
Amy Lee, Student (FIDM)

Please welcome the following new Business Members

Claire's Flowers (Saugus, CA)
Sara Palacios Designs (Los Angeles)
Gallery Artem (aka Artem Galleries) (West Hollywood)

To see all of our decorator members, check out the Membership Directory
on the SDSA website

Do you know someone that is interested in joining?
Membership information can be found
here on the SDSA website


WestEdge Design Fair - SDSA Panel Discussion
Defining Character: When Your Client Is a Script
Saturday, November 5th at 5:00pm
WestEdge Design Fair 
The Barker Hanger | 3021 Airport Ave | Santa Monica, CA 90405

Click here for Tickets

SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 10th at 6:30pm

Warner Bros. Property Dept.
4000 Warner Blvd.|  Burbank, CA 91521

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