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THE BUZZ: Featuring Gordon Sim SDSA, SDSA Award Coverage 2017

SDSA Buzz June 2017 - Issue 9 - UPDATED EDITION
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In this issue: The 24th SDSA Awards coverage, and Gordon Sim in the Set Decorator Spotlight
24th SDSA Awards Luncheon

                                                  Photo Credit - Aah-Inspiring Balloons

The SDSA Membership gathered at the
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles on June 4th
for the 2017 SDSA Awards Luncheon

Set Decorator Cheryal Kearney SDSA
was honored with the
 2017 Earl Cooperman Lifetime Achievement Award
       Philip Hoffman SDSA, Shirley Starks SDSA, Cheryal Kearney SDSA, Gene Cane
Photo Credit - Maya Myers/2Me Studios

You can view the Cheyal Kearney tribute video on Vimeo

2017 SDSA Chair Awards
were presented to
Rosemary Brandenburg SDSA
William De Biasio SDSA
Brenda Meyers-Ballard SDSA
Karen Burnett SDSA (Associate)
Bassman Blaine
Bridge Furniture & Props LLC
Hollywood Piano
Modern Props

SDSA Chair Hold Tag
Aah-Inspiring Balloons

SDSA Business Member of the Year 2017
was presented to
Astek Wallcoverings

SDSA Hall of Fame Award
was presented to
Dazian Creative Fabric Environments

SDSA Robert Zilliox Humanitarian Award 2017
was presented to
Marc E. Meyer Jr. - Faux Library Studio Rentals
Keith Marvin & Dan Schultz - Lennie Marvin Prop Heaven

SDSA Shining Star Award 2017
was presented to
Michele Harding-Hollie SDSA

Congratulatory Award
was presented to
Dazian Creative Fabric Environments
  in honor of their 175th year anniversary

SDSA members donated their original works of art
to the SDSA COC Silent Art Auction benefiting this year's
SDSA Charitable Recipient, LA GOAL.

Thank you to the Luncheon Committee

Linda Sutton, Mary Ann Biddle, Gene Cane, Ron Franco, Philip Hoffman,
Tracy Johnson, Adrianna Cruz Ocampo, Kelley Pearce, Shirley Starks

              Thank you to those who provided                   
Decorations, Services, Support, Sponsorship, Raffle Prizes & Swag!

Aah-Inspiring Balloons, ABC CasketsAdvanced Liquidators Office Furniture,
Alpha Companies Motion Picture Rentals, American Screen & Window Coverings,
Art Pic, Artemide, Astek Wallcovering, Bassman Blaine, Bridge Furniture & Props,
Claire's Flowers, Cort Event Furnishings, Creative Handbook, Daisy Punk
Dapper Cadaver, Dazian Creative Fabric EnvironmentsDebbies Book,
E.C.Prop Rentals, Eclipse Worldwide, Faux Library Studio Props,
Floral Designs by Dave's FlowersFlower ArtFox Studios Production Services
Green Set, Habitat for Humanity/ReStore, Hand Prop Room/HPR, H.D. Buttercup,
History for Hire, Hollywood Cinema Arts, Hollywood Piano Company,
Hollywood Studio Gallery, International Promotions, Lamps Plus, LCW Props,
Lennie Marvin Prop Heaven, Linoleum City, Mannequin Gallery, Modernica, Nest Studio Rentals, Ob-jects, Omega Cinema Props, Pinacoteca Picture PropsPlaced4Success Product Placement, Practical Props, Prop Services West, Sandy Rose Floral,
Town & Country Event Rentals, Tic-Tock Couture Florals, U-Frame-It Gallery,
Universal Studios Property, Drapery, Graphic Sign and Staff Shop
, Warner Bros. Property,  Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 44, Philip Hoffman SDSA COTB
and Rosemary Brandenburg SDSA

 Photographs of the luncheon will be available to view and purchase
on the SDSA website
Film in California Conference
SDSA members set the stage at the 2017 Film in California Conference held at
CBS Radford Studios on May 20th.

The expo promotes filming resources in the state and is hosted by the
California Film Commission and Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS)

Cassandra Hesseltine, President FLICS and Shirley Starks, President SDSA

Furnishings and set dressing for the panel discussion stage were provided
by Dazian and ZGO4, while History for Hire props greeted attendees with
an ode to LA LA LAND

Thanks to the members who helped to represent the SDSA at this event.


Design Showcase West 2017

On June 10tth, the SDSA returned as a sponsor of this years Design Showcase West.
The showcase was created by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and is
the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring
the work of graduate students from the nation's top university design programs.

Gene Cane, SDSA Executive Director was a member of the
panel for the events featured discussion,
Guilds, Unions and Societies: Your Future in the Industry.

visits RC Vintage

This season's Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay took a group of
her suitors on a unique date at
RC Vintage.


In this deleted scene, wrestler Kenny takes Santa to the mat.
"Kenny Wrestles Santa"

visits Astek Wallcovering

Brenda from Astek Wallcovering creates a special and personal
wall covering for Jeremiah and Nate's client on the season 1 finale
which aired on June 3rd.

"Carrie Bradshaw Meets the Jetsons"


Cheryal Kearney, Dazian Creative Fabric Environments Winners
At 2017 SDSA Awards

Variety 411 covers the SDSA Awards
Article Link

What Really Happens Behind the Scenes
The show's set decorator and costume designer reveal their secrets
Set Decorators Nicole Cramer SDSA, Karen Bruck SDSA,
and Costume Designer Mimi Melgaard spoke to COSMOPOLITAN

about 13 seasons worth of weddings on GREY'S ANATOMY
Article Link


                                                                                 Photo by  Getty

Dream Weddings to the Small Screen

The interview was also picked up as a slideshow by WETPAINT
Article Link

I LOVE DICK TV adaptation takes the action to Marfa  
The cult feminist work gets the TV treatment

CURBED speaks with I LOVE DICK  Production Designer Cat Smith
and Set Decorator
Dea Jensen SDSA
Article Link

                                                             Photo by Canada Gordon

5 Insider Decorating Lessons From Movie-Set Pros

Lydia Marks SDSA and Melinda Ritz SDSA are among the pros
in a recent WALL STREET JOURNAL article that explores
when set decoration meets real-world residences.

Article Link   Article Link II

                 Interior design by Marks & Frantz, Photo: Marco Ricca




Georgia Film Art, located in Atlanta, Georgia, specializes in renting CLEARED artwork to the industry. Whether it's film, television, commercial or print, GFA provides framed, ready to hang art for your sets. Complete with artist's signatures, rent your choice of paintings, prints, sculptures, textiles and photographic works. Our works include modern, vintage, classical masters to pre-made bulletin boards.  We can ship our pieces anywhere in the country directly to your set, offering great production rental deals.

Our website,, allows you to view our inventory. If your project is in the Southeast, we invite you to stop by the gallery to see the artwork in person!

Recently having moved to a larger space in the heart of West Midtown, set decorators and their teams know our inventory is well displayed with a convenient back dock door for truck pickups and drop-offs. We are constantly adding new inventory hoping to provide new options to keep your sets unique!

We look forward to working with you to help bring your sets to life!

1231 Collier Road, NW Suite (Igloo)
Atlanta, GA 30318

Ph: (404) 989-1021
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm PST
              And By Appointment

Contact:  Abbey Finch

SDSA Member since 2016


 Morgue Prop Rentals is a family owned boutique prop house located in North East Los Angeles. We take pride and really enjoy serving the needs of the entertainment industry. We specialize in props, decor and equipment for any and all Morgue, Mortuary, Funeral home, Coroner, Medical Examiner and CSI related projects.

Our items are authentic, well researched and cover all time periods from Apothecary, vintage, and current day. We also custom make props, decor and equipment for future projects upon special request. Come by and visit the prop house, by appointment only.

Besides our prop house, we ALSO have a full standing morgue/laboratory studio/set serving the needs of the television and motion picture industry. Our set comes loaded with medical equipment, props, decor and multiple lighting variations for any project. Our set also comes with ample parking both public and private, a private bathroom, a small auxiliary room, and a hallway that can be used for multiple shots. Come by and visit, by appointment only.

We have been in business for 15 years and continue to be as complete and authenetic a prop house as possible for our clients. Follow us on instagram @morgueproprentals to see who is filming here and where our props end up, it’s fun.

Thank you to all our clients and friends over the years for their continued trust in us. Take care.

5134 Valley Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Ph: (818) 590-9599
Hours: By Appointment Only

Contact - Zack Herrera

SDSA Member since 2003


Gordon Sim



* Oscar® 
In a Few Words...

Which talent would you most like to have?
I suppose I’d most want to sing.  In the past year, here in London, I’ve seen so many wonderful musical performances on stage.  It’s been inspiring……..and I just bet it feels wonderful to belt those songs out!!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’ve never really thought in terms of that.  I suppose that coming from a very small town in Ontario Canada, I never would have believed I would have and still have a career in the movies.  Its been over 30 yrs for me in our business... that’s somewhat of an achievement... perhaps my best.

Which word or phrase do you most overuse?  
From what my English crew tell me (and they are the ones I spend most my life with) I say this a lot.  Well, at least it’s a positive expression!

What do you look for on the Craft Services table?
Watermelon and berries……I love them particularly watermelon….mmmmm!

Please name a benefit of being an SDSA member.
Living and working in Canada, the SDSA was a great way for me to connect with other decorators working in the US.  It was nice to feel included.  Now I work mostly abroad but I still have a sense of community via the SDSA.  It’s wonderful having an organization that promotes and values what we all do.

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on some of the sets that appear in this comic book adventure come to life!


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re-imagining of the Norman Lear classic, with a twist!

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More articles are waiting for you at SETDECOR Online!
SDSA Members are hard at work on...

Some of your favorite shows:

CASUAL Set Decorator - Julie Drach SDSA
MASTER CHEF Set Decorator - Heidi Miller SDSA
THE LAST TYCOON Set Decorator - Maria Nay SDSA
                                                                     Set Dresser - Christina Giovacchini SDSA (Assoc)

THE NIGHT SHIFT Set Decorator - Libbe Green SDSA
I'M DYING UP HERE Set Decorator - Missy Parker SDSA
                                                   Set Decorator - Dea Jensen SDSA (Pilot)
THE RANCH Set Decorator - Tara Stephenson-Fong SDSA
DOWNWARD DOG Set Decorator - Rebecca Brown SDSA                      
TWIN PEAKS Set Decorator - Florencia Martin SDSA
AMERICAN GRIT Set Decorator - Stephen Paul Fackrell SDSA
Playing at a theater near you:
WONDER WOMAN Set Decorators – Anna Lynch-Robinson, Letizia Santucci SDSA
ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE Set Decorator - Beth Wooke SDSA                      
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Set Decorators- Karen Frick ,
                                Andrew McCarthy SDSA and Richard Roberts

THE BEGUILED Set Decorator - Amy Beth Silver SDSA
BABY DRIVER Set Decorator - Lance Totten SDSA
OKJA Set Decorator - Susan Bode Tyson SDSA ,
Won-Woo Cho, Louise Roper , Yeonghee Seo, Suk-ki Song

THE HOUSE Set Decorator - Lauri Gaffin SDSA
THE BOOK OF HENRY Set Decorator - Joanne Ling SDSA (Assoc)
THE WALL Set Decorator - Kelly Berry SDSA
WAR MACHINE Set Decorator - Judy Farr SDSA
MEGAN LEAVEY  Set Decorator - Alessandra Querzola 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:

Naomi Moore SDSA Set Decorator (UK) 

Rahma Farahat SDSA (Associate)
Mario Perry, Student (UCLA, ASIS)
Julisa Wright, Student (FIDM)

Please welcome the following new Business Members

Revelry Event Designers (Los Angeles, CA)
Lamps Plus (Chatsworth, CA)

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