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THE BUZZ: Featuring Cathy Marshall SDSA

SDSA Buzz Mar 2017 - Issue 6
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In this issue: SDSA Oscar and Modernism Week panels, upcoming don't-miss events
and Cathy Marshall in the Set Decorator Spotlight
SDSA Panel at Modernism Week
The SDSA presented a Set Decorator panel discussion hosted by H3K Design at Modernism Week in Palm Springs on Saturday, February 18th. Moderated by
Cathy Whitlock, author of Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction,
Halina Siwolop SDSA
, Set Decorator for Showtime’s Masters of Sex and
Gene Serdena SDSA, Set Decorator of the film Passengers, discussed

Screen Style: Creating Narrative Spaces on Film and Television
to a standing-room-only crowd!

                                                                                                                         Photo courtesy of H3K Design
                                                                     Photo credit: Red Door Pictures

Thank you to the sponsors of the event!

The Art of Production Design
On the afternoon before the Oscars®, the always popular panel discussion by
Production Designers and Set Decorators who were nominated for the
2017 Academy Award for Achievement in Production Design
was held at the Egyptian Theater, just steps from the rehearsals for the
upcoming ceremony.
Presented by American Cinematheque in association with the Art Directors Guild and
the Set Decorators Society of America, and sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, the panel was moderated by Production Designer Thomas A. Walsh, former ADG president and Set Decorator Jan Pascale SDSA, a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who made it much more interesting and fun than their formal titles imply!


                                                   Photo Credit: Craig Matthews/ADG

Discussing their films  to a full house were;

Patrice Vermette, Production Designer and Paul Hotte SDSA, Set Decorator

Jess Gonchor, Production Designer for HAIL, CAESAR!

Davis Wasco, Production Designer and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA, Set Decorator

Guy Hendrix Dyas, Production Designer and Gene Serdena SDSA, Set Decorator

Day with the Set Decorator
Saturday March 18th
CBS Studio Center

Tour the sets of two television series decorated by Melinda Ritz SDSA


Learn why Hollywood became the  filming capital of the world and
tour the CBS Studios Center back lot.

Register HERE by Friday March 17th

Wattles Mansion Showcase House

March 23rd - April 16th

The spring of 2017 marks the second year of the Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase. 
This year's theme will demonstrate through interior design how to reinterpret a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle. The title of the showcase is 
Hollywood History: The New Classics.

This year Melinda Ritz SDSA and Mae Brunken SDSA
will decorate two rooms on behalf of the SDSA!

The showcase house will benefit three charities: No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA),
Save Iconic Architecture Projects (SIA) and Los Angeles Parks Foundation

The Wattles Mansion Showcase will be open to the public March 23 – April 16, 2017, Thursdays through Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $40 per person and groups of 20 or more will be $35 per person. For ticket sales, visit or
Set Decorator Amy Wells SDSA
in Vogue Magazine

Amy Wells SDSA was featured earlier this month in Vogue Magazine.

The Set Decorator From Big Little Lies Spills Her Home Design Secrets

Read it HERE!






 Art Dimensions Online (ADO) is a web-based business specializing in fine contemporary art from a wide array of exceptional artists. The business was founded in 1988 and has been a trusted partner for film and television show sets, as well as for the art enthusiast’s personal collection and the corporate office, for nearly thirty years. Our inventory includes abstract paintings,
prints, drawings, sculpture and photography.

Visit our website,,
which showcases all of our artists’ work.

The majority of our art is located at each artist’s space which allows for easy pick up and return; and if your project is outside of Los Angeles, we coordinate the shipping.

ADO is continuously informed of newly created works from our artists and we partner with you to find that perfect piece for your project. We work with numerous set decorators with varying budgets.

With your imagination and art’s interpretation we
make the ideal collaboration!


(address for correspondence only)
13636 Ventura Blvd, #307
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Web Based Business
Ph: (310) 433-8934
Fx: (310) 734-1676
Contact:  Whitney Rosenson

SDSA Member since 2006



We are a family run prop house specializing in Americana and East Coast vintage studio rentals.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, our collection has been growing over the last 30+ years. Until recently, we’ve kept them to ourselves while working under Local 44, but we’ve decided to ship the pieces across the country, and take some time off to dedicate ourselves to focus on providing helpful and friendly service to everyone that walks through our door.

We can send photos, specs, or pricing via email or phone upon request.

We can deliver for a small fee.

Email us at

Old N Country Prop Shop
12007 Vose Street
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
P: (818) 423-2599

Contact - Scott Schiefer and Robin Schiefer

SDSA Member since 2016

Cathy T. Marshall

     (Season 2 & 3)
  (Assistant Decorator)
  (Assistant Decorator)
  (Assistant Decorator)

In a Few Words...

Which talent would you most like to have?
I can't wait for teleportation... or to be in three places at once...or cloning myself, which seems to be a requirement these days (whichever comes first!)

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Juggling this fun hectic work, yet managing to have a great marriage and two wonderful healthy sons.  

Which word or phrase do you most overuse?  
"Do you think we can...?"

What do you look for on the Craft Services table?
Something healthy. Not always easy in NY.

Please name a benefit of being an SDSA member.
I love the diversity of the members and their amazing talents and skill sets. I am so inspired by an organization of peers who just get it DONE! ...and are so proficient at what we all are asked to accomplish in a short time with challenging budgets.
Check out these articles in SETDECOR ONLINE!

Set Decorator Peter Lando SDSA takes us behind-the-scenes of the gritty finale
to the tale of The Wolverine, in LOGAN

An inside look at the process and approach of Set Decorator Cal Loucks SDSA and
Production Designer Nelson Coates  through FIFTY SHADES DARKER.

HAIL, CAESAR!, the Coen brothers' look at the glitter of the star machine during the
later years of Hollywood's heyday, with Set Decorator Nancy Haigh SDSA and
Production Designer Jess Gonchor

Visit the human sets of ARRIVAL, the "must see" thinking person's sci-fi film
with Set Decorator Paul Hotte SDSA

Coming Soon...

More articles are waiting for you at SETDECOR Online!

SDSA Members are hard at work on...

Some of your favorite shows:

THE ARRANGEMENT Set Decorator - Kelly Berry SDSA
THE CATCH Set Decorator - Laura Evans SDSA,
                               Buyers - Ellen Dorros SDSA, Robyn Holmes SDSA (Associate)
BIG LITTLE LIES Set Decorator - Amy Wells SDSA
THE VOICE Production Designer - James Pearse Connelly SDSA 
MAJOR CRIMES Set Decorator - Kristin Peterson SDSA
CHICAGO JUSTICE Set Decorator - Lisa Alkofer SDSA
UNDERGROUND Set Decorator - Maria Nay SDSA
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Set Decorator - Karen Bruck SDSA
YOUNG & HUNGRY Set Decorator - Debra Combs SDSA
BABY DADDY Set Decorator - Roya Parivar SDSA
MARVEL'S IRON FIST Set Decorators - Stephanie Q. Bowen SDSA
INTO THE BADLANDS Set Decorator - Philip Murphy SDSA
MAKING HISTORY Set Decorator - Jennifer Lauricella SDSA,
                                    Leadman - Ron Shulem SDSA (Associate)

Playing at a theater near you:
LOGAN Set Decorator – Peter Lando SDSA
THE SHACK Set Decorator - Tracey A. Doyle SDSA
POWER RANGERS Set Decorator - Hamish Purdy SDSA
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Set Decorator - Katie Spencer SDSA
LIFE Set Decorator - Celia Bobak SDSA
STEP SISTERS Set Decorator - Gia Grosso SDSA

Don't see your show listed here?! Let us know what you're working on!
Please send the title of your show to

 Please welcome the following Members:
Jenell Giordano SDSA Set Decorator (Oregon)
Rebecca Brown SDSA Set Decorator (Pennsylvania)
Letizia Santucci SDSA Set Decorator (Italy)
Amy Beth Silver SDSA Set Decorator (New York)
Dara Waxman SDSA Set Decorator
Mae Brunken SDSA Set Decorator - rejoin
Amber Haley SDSA Set Decorator - rejoin

Rachel Bartlett SDSA (Associate)
Jeanette Guiterrez SDSA (Associate)

Chick Kerr, Friend

Taylor Kearney, Student (WLAC)
John Nguyen, Student (WLAC)
Amanda Maluf Caetanso Silva, Student  (FIDM)
Caitlin VanVoorhis, Student (FIDM)
Juan Diego Fernandez, Student (FIDM), rejoin

Please welcome the following new Business Members

DaLmarko Design (Fullerton, CA)

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


Day with the Set Decorator
Saturday, March 18th
CBS Center Studios

For more information click HERE

Wattles Mansion Showcase House
March 23rd - April 16th

For more information click HERE

SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 2oth at 6:30pm

5333 Cahuenga Blvd | North Hollywood, CA 91601

Mark your calendar!

SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 19th at 6:30pm
9006 Beverly Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90048

Save the date!

For more events and information, please check the SDSA Calendar here
SDSA Calendar
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