In this issue: Holiday Party coverage from New York and Atlanta, Warner Bros. hosts LA meeting and David Schlesinger in the Set Decorator Spotlight
November GMM Warner Bros November 14th, 2019
Thank you to Warner Bros., Amy Hilker and Robert Greenfield for their continued
support and again graciously hosting the November General Membership Meeting!
The always well-attended meeting was a great opportunity for members to catch-up and visit on the partied-up loading dock and throughout the prop house. The passed h'ors d'oerves and dessert table were delicious and the beverages plentiful. All enjoyed President Kimberly Wannop's always-entertaining member interviews and Gene's prize raffle. The evening also saw the incoming Board of Directors announced and kicked-off the annual SDSA Spark of Love Toy Drive, filling two collection boxes to overflowing!
Thank you to everyone at the Warner Bros. Property Department, and to
the SDSA Business Members who contributed to this event;
SDSA ATLANTA HOLIDAY PARTY
SCAD ATLANTA Thursday December 12th, 2019
Thank you to SCAD Atlanta for hosting this year's SDSA Holiday Party in Atlanta.
And thank you also to these businesses for their support. AMCO | ASW | Balloonacy | Bloom Atlanta | Three Taverns Craft Beers
SDSA NEW YORK HOLIDAY PARTY
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Thank you to Newel Props for again hosting a spectacular
SDSA New York Holiday Event.
We also would like to take this opportunity to say,
"Congratulations Newel Props on your 80th Anniversary!"
Re-creating the Secret World of Fox News in Bombshell Architectural Digest Article
Set Decorator Ellen Brill SDSA
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Rachel Brosnahan Share the Scoop
on What to Expect in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 Parade Article
Set Decorator Ellen Christiansen SDSA
How 'Knives Out’s' Set Decorator
Created the Perfect Mystery House
House Beautiful Article
Set Decorator David Schlesinger SDSA
PHOTO CREDIT: LIONSGATE
Jay Roach on How ‘Bombshell’ Production Crew
Re-Created Roger Ailes-Era Fox News Variety Article
Set Decorator Ellen Brill SDSA
PHOTO CREDIT: Hilary B Gayle
Emmy-winning set decorator Kim Wannop talks about
her work on Veep, Parks and Recreation, and The Good Place.
FemTV Podcast Podcast
Set Decorator Kimberly Wannopo SDSA
Finding the Perfect Murder-Mystery Home for
Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ Variety Article
Set Decorator David Schlesinger SDSA
CREDIT: Courtesy of Lionsgate
For more news, check out the SDSA Website Press/News page Click Here
‘Knives Out’ director Rian Johnson reveals how his
star-studded whodunit came together Washington Post Article Set Decorator David Schlesinger SDSA
PHOTO CREDIT: Claire Folger/Lionsgate
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We look forward to hearing from you and helping to bring your sets to life!
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Ph: (818) 982-9178
Contact: Rick Kelsey
SDSA Member since 2004
Untitled Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson Project
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
THE EQUALIZER 2
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2
THE TWILIGHT SAGA - BREAKING DAWN - PART 1
GOING THE DISTANCE
In a Few Words...
Which talent would you most like to have? Chess Grandmaster. I started playing Chess about 5 years ago, as a way to bond with my son, who is an active player. Ever since I started playing, I always dress in a chess board some where on a job. Chess serves as a great escape from the insanity of the work a Set Decorator does.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Convincing my wife to say yes, Our two amazingly talented and funny kids. Work wise….moving to New York City from New Orleans, and becoming an established Set Decorator. What do they say? If you can make it here (NY) you can make it anywhere? It has been a long, steady journey where I have honed the skills that I now use everyday.
Which word or phrase do you most overuse?
“the thing is…” “Cool,” “Awesome,” “Overbudget?” “Do you play Chess?” and “Do we have to clear that? That is ridonculous”
What do you look for on the Craft Services table? Anyfood that is wrapped. I have witnessed too many folks digging their hands into the nuts! Truthfully, if I am at Craft Services, it means I am on a shooting set, and if I am on a shooting set (other then to open it),then there is trouble brewing…I love working in the film industry, I love being a Set Decorator, I am not a fan of being on set.
Please name a benefit of being an SDSA member.
The craft of Set Decoration is often not understood, even by many of the people in the Film industry. SDSA does an exceptional job of educating the world as to what a Set Decorator does.
SDSA has fostered a fantastic community of peers. Having other decorators to reach out to about questions of sourcing or anything else that relates to the craft is wonderful.
“The Thing is….SDSA is Cool and Awesome, and Decorators who do not belong are Redonkulas. Do you want to play Chess?
DOLLFACE Set Decorator - Jill McGraw SDSA FAMILY REUNION Set Decorator - Roya Parivar SDSA LOST IN SPACE Set Decorator - Kate Marshall SDSA MAD ABOUT YOU Set Decorator - Tara Stephenson SDSA MAKING IT Production Designer - James Connelly SDSA MARVEL'S RUNAWAYS Set Decorators -
Jennifer Mueller SDSA, Kellie Jo Tinney SDSA MERRY HAPPY WHATEVER! Set Decorator - Amy Feldman SDSA SOUNDTRACK Set Decorator - Ryan Watson SDSA TELL ME A STORY Set Decorator - George DeTitta Jr. SDSA THE EXPANSE Set Decorator - Justin Craig SDSA THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL Set Decorators - Ellen Christiansen SDSA TRUTH BE TOLD Set Decorator - Kristin Peterson SDSA VIKINGS Set Decorator - Jil Turner SDSA
Playing at a theater near you:
6 UNDERGROUND SetDecorators - Jille Azzis, Elizabeth Keenan SDSA (US) 21 BRIDGES Set Decorator - Regina Graves SDSA BOMBSHELL Set Decorator - Ellen Brill SDSA DARK WATERS Set Decorator - Helen Britten SDSA KNIVES OUT Set Decorator - David Schlesinger SDSA LADY AND THE TRAMP Set Decorator - Gordon Sim SDSA LITTLE WOMEN Set Decorator - Claire Kaufman SDSA QUEEN & SLIM Set Decorator - Ryan Watson SDSA SEBERG Set Decorator - Christy McIrwin SDSA STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Set Decorator - Rosemary Brandenburg SDSA THE TWO POPES Set Decorator - Véronique Melery SDSA
Do you know someone that is interested in joining?
Membership information can be found here on the SDSA website
Carl Dean Reed Co-Founder Pacific Coast Arts
Carl got his start in the movie industry as a prop maker. A few years later he switched to a property position in the electrical fixtures department at 20th Century Fox Studios. He was eventually promoted to foreman of that department. 20 years later, Carl decided he wanted a change so he pursued set dressing and became a very sought after lead person until he retired at 65 years of age in 1997. Carl thenhelped his daughter, Joy Roy, open Pacific Coast Arts featuring fine art by his late father-in-law Stan Johnson.
A Celebration of Life was held on December 7th, 2019 in Simi Valley. More information can be found on the SDSA website in Press/News
SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 16th 2019, 6:30pm
hosted by Bridge Furniture & Props
3210 Vanowen Street | Burbank, CA 91505
For more events and information, please check the SDSA Calendar here SDSA Calendar
Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy holiday!
We'll see you next year!
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