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THE BUZZ: SDSA Event and Emmy Party Coverage 2017

SDSA Buzz October 2017 - Issue 14
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In this issue: SDSA celebrates the Emmy nominees, Day With the Set Decorator goes to Universal,
NY gathers for a Market Place and SDSA Set Decorators are in the mainstream news!
This spotlight shines a light on the committees working to support the SDSA. Learn what they do and who the current members are. Want to get the most out of your membership?

Meet the

Educational Outreach Committee
This committee coordinates the Day with the Set Decorator event, working with schools, student chapters and members. If you've never attended or participated in one of these events, you are missing out. Just ask the members that have! These students are eager to learn. Be a part of  inspiring the future of the craft of set decoration.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact the
Committee Chair, Natalie Contreras SDSA
The SDSA Has a New Social Media Handle!

Let's make it Official!
The SDSA is now @OfficialSDSA on all of our social media outlets.
Making it easy for you to post and share all your beautiful work!

SDSA Creative Arts Emmy Party Hosted by Astek

A good time was had by all at this years SDSA Creative Arts Emmy Party.
Business Member Astek Wallcovering was transformed into Southhampton for the evening. Guests mingled and danced under the stars, and celebrate the nominated
set decorators and their teams
Thank you to Astek's
Aaron Kirsch, Allison Goode, Rachel Brand, Gabe Gonzales!

Thank you to the SDSA Business Members who 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!

Aah Inspiring Balloons, Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture & Studio Rental,
The Alpha Companies, Bridge Furniture & Props, Dina Art Company, Eclipse Worldwide, Faux Library Studio Props, Hollywood Studio Gallery, Jackson Shrub, Luxury Fabrics,
The Mart Collective, Omega
| Cinema Props, Placed4Success Product Placement,
Practical Props, Raj Tents, Sandy Rose Floral, Town and Country Event Rentals,
U-Frame-It Gallery, Universal Studios Property, Warner Bros. Studio Property Dept., Wertz Brothers

SDSA Day With the Set Decorator
Universal Studios

Universal Studios was the setting for fall edition of Day With the Set Decorator. 
Students experienced some real movie magic at the studio, where they learned first hand how Set Decorators transform the famous New York Street and back lot into everything from a war torn village to a heavenly hamlet. They also enjoyed an insider sneak peek of  the sets for the much-anticipated WILL & GRACE.

Thank you to these Set Decorators for sharing their work and experiences:
David Smith SDSA, Lisa Alkofer SDSA, Rand Sagers SDSA, Natalie Contreras SDSA,
Jason Howard SDSA and Peter Gurski SDSA.

Thanks to our gracious host Beverly Hadley and Universal Studio Property for
a wonderful and enlightening day.

October 20th - 22nd

Get your tickets now and come out to see the SDSA Set Decorators panel discussion on
Saturday, October 21st, at 2:00pm.

Behind The Design – The Art of Silent Story-telling:
A Set Decorator’s Collaboration
Presented by Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA)
The SDSA presents a lively discussion about what goes on “behind the scenes”
of some of our favorite TV shows and films.
Learn how the writer’s story and the talent of set decorators interact to make the production design all come together
Hurricane Irma Shutters Georgia Film Production

Hurricane Irma sure packed a punch! After TV and film productions were shut down in preparation of the oncoming storm, THE BUZZ was happy to hear, and to report, that our members are safe. The power and phones were restored and everyone is back to work!
SDSA Marketplace at Carpet Time

SDSA Set Decorator and Business members gathered with
potential new members for a Marketplace event on Tuesday, September 26th
at SDSA Business Member Carpet Time's showroom in Queen's, NY.

A heartfelt Thank You to Eleanor Kazas and Christina Constantinou for putting on a beautiful event, and for sponsoring a new membership to the SDSA! 
Thank you to the SDSA Business members and the vendors that helped to make the evening so special by providing goods and services and raffle prizes!
Please remember to show your Business Members how much you appreciate them!
Bridge Furniture & Props, Carpet Time, Showbiz Flowers, Tone Pilates

 Deadline’s The Contenders London Event

The first ever Contenders London event presented by Deadline took place on Friday October 6th, 2017 at BAFTA. It was an all-day event where attendees heard the back stories  of how this years award contenders got made, from those who made them, including Set Decorator Katie Spencer SDSA for Walt Disney Studios’ Beauty and the Beast.  Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran and Production Designer Sarah Greenwood rounded out this panel.
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Exclusive interview: VEEP’s Set Decorator Kimberly Wannop
on creating Emmy-nominated series

Entertainment news and reviews site Monsters & Critics, caught up with
Set Decorator Kimberly Wannop SDSA before this yeas Emmy's

Article Link


Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer Tell AD
the Secrets Behind the Set of HOME AGAIN

The legendary filmmaker and her director daughter reveal  to Architectural Digest
how they collaborated on HOME AGAIN, with the film Production Designer debut of 
Ellen Brill SDSA

Article Link
   The living room area of Home Again / Amy Neunsinger

SDSA Business Member H.D. Buttercup and Chad Norris
featured in an episode of Bravo's FLIPPING OUT 

Episode Link


Debra Messing Gives AD a Tour of the New WILL & GRACE Sets

Messing—along with Production Designer Glenda Rovello and
Set Decorator Peter Gurski SDSA—discuss everything from
$20,000 Hermès benches to upgrading Will's iconic orange wall
with Architectural Digest

Article Link


And this...

WILL & GRACE's Set Decorator Tells Us All About
the Show's New (Old) Set

 Apartment Therapy checks in with Set Decorator Peter Gurski SDSA
for an insider's look at the new (old) WILL & GRACE sets. 

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The reign of beige: In a political town, design stays neutral
Set Decorator Tiffany Zapulla SDSA, talks to The Washington Post
about muted tones and THE HOUSE OF CARDS.
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                          Photo Credit: David Giesbrecht/Netflix

Dyeing for a deadly plot: Naples artist's work

The Naples Daily News reports on a Florida artist who can't believe it
when she is contacted by CRIMINAL MINDS Set Decorator K.C. Fox SDSA

Article Link

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Check out these articles in SETDECOR ONLINE!

Why a pieces of set dressing as simple as a pay telephone is a
key element throughout the action thriller AMERICAN MADE.
Set Decorator Kelley Burney SDSA tells us this and more!

Just in time for Halloween! Set Decorator Regina O'Brien SDSA
takes us through re-creating the Amityville house!


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

Some of your favorite shows:

DANCING WITH THE STARS Set Decorator - John Sparano SDSA
THE GOOD PLACE Set Decorator - Kimberly Wannop SDSA
FULLER HOUSE: SEASON 3 Set Decorator - Peter Gurski SDSA
TRANSPARENT: SEASON 4 Set Decorator - Sandy Struth SDSA
THE BRAVE Set Decorator - Wendy Ozols-Barnes SDSA
THE BIG BANG THEORY Set Decorator - Ann Shea SDSA                      
ME, MYSELF & IRENE Set Decorator - Claudette Didul SDSA (Pilot)
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Set Decorator - Jill Sprayregen Henkel SDSA
THIS IS US Set Decorator - Cindy Coburn SDSA
LETHAL WEAPON Buyer - Lauren Lustig SDSA (Assoc)
Set Decorator -   Peggy Casey SDSA
SPEECHLESS Set Decorator - Don Diers SDSA
GOTHAM Set Decorator - Michelle Shulter Ford SDSA, 
                                                Buyer - Michele Muñoz SDSA

THE BLACKLIST Set Decorators -
Shelley Barclay SDSA, Sean Haines SDSA (Asst. Set Dec)

CRIMINAL MINDS Set Decorator - K.C. Fox SDSA
GREAT NEWS Set Decorator - Claire Kaufman SDSA
GREY'S ANATOMY Set Decorator - Nicole Cramer SDSA
WILL & GRACE Set Decorator - Peter Gurski SDSA
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Set Decorator - Claudette Didul SDSA
HELL'S KITCHEN Set Decorator - Heidi Miller SDSA
MACGYVER Set Decorator - Julieann Getman SDSA
HAWAII FIVE-O Set Decorator - Linda Sutton SDSA
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH Set Decorator - Shauna Aronson SDSA
NCIS: LOS ANGELES Set Decorator - Michele Poulik SDSA,
Buyer - Cindy Downes SDSA (Assoc)

GHOSTED Set Decorator - Brandi Kalish SDSA (Pilot)
9JKL Set Decorator - Melinda Ritz SDSA
THE GIFTED Set Decorator - Natali Pope SDSA
BLACK-ISH Set Decorator - Joanne Baker SDSA
THE MIDDLE Set Decorator - Julie Kay Fanton SDSA
MADAME SECRETARY Set Decorator- Shelia Bock SDSA,
Assistant Set Decorator - Rich Murray SDSA

VALOR Set Decorator - Carol Bayne Kelley SDSA
DYNASTY Set Decorator - Julieann Getman SDSA (Pilot) 
CHANCE Buyer - Natalie Contreras SDSA
JANE THE VIRGIN Set Decorator - Kimberly Leonard SDSA
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Set Decorator - Bryan Venegas SDSA
GRAVES Set Decorator - Lori Mazuer SDSA
SUPERIOR DONUTS Set Decorator - Melinda Ritz SDSA
WHITE FAMOUS Set Decorator - Brandi Kalish SDSA
THE WALKING DEAD Set Decorator - Gia Grosso SDSA
KEVIN CAN WAIT Set Decorator - Alexandra Mazuer SDSA
Playing at a theater near you:

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Set Decorator - Rosemary Brandenburg SDSA
THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Set Decorator – Lisa Thompson SDSA (Live Action Unit)
WOODSHOCK Set Decorator – Florencia Martin SDSA
AMERICAN MADE Set Decorator - Kelley Burney SDSA
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT - Set Decorator Helen Britten SDSA
SET IT UP  Set Decorator - Alexanda Mazur SDSA
SUBURBICON Set Decorator - Jan Pascale SDSA
NOVITIATE Set Decorator - Gia Grosso SDSA
HAPPY DEATH DAY Set Decorators - Lisa Alkofer SDSA, Gretchen Gattuso
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Set Decorator - Alessandra Querzola SDSA
GEOSTORM Set Decorators - Anne Kuljian SDSA,
Lori Mazuer SDSA (add'l photography),
Buyer - Natalie Contreras SDSA (add'l photography)


Don't see your show listed here?! Let us know what you're working on!
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 Please welcome the following Members:

Lizzy Boyle SDSA Set Decorator

Monika van Schellenbeck SDSA (Associate)
Andrea Farah SDSA (Associate)
Jocelyn Wu SDSA (Associate)

Katherine Hughey, Friend
Daniel Luna, Friend

Kurt Ewell, Student (WLAC/HCPR)
Veronica Gradney, Student (Saddleback College)

 Please welcome the following Business Members:

Cloth Connection (Spring Valley, NY)
Furnish Green (NY)
Zarin Fabrics (NY)
Wallshoppe (LA)

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

 SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 12th at 6:30pm
Hosted by
Dapper Cadaver

7648 San Fernando Rd. | Sun Valley, CA 91352

Costume competition!

SDSA Panel

Saturday, October 21st, 2:00pm
The Barker Hanger |  3021 Airport Avenue | Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tickets available HERE

Trade tickets available until October 15th

 SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 9th at 6:00pm
Hosted by
Warner Bros.Studio Property Dept.

4000 Warner Blvd | Burbank, CA 91521

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