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THE BUZZ - The Quarantine Issue

SDSA The Buzz, April 2020 - Issue 6
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In this issue: The Quarantine Edition
The News You Want, The News You Need!
We're all in this together!
In a typical issue of The Buzz, this is where you would be reading recaps and enjoying photos from SDSA events and happenings in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.
Things are looking a little different these days, to say the least!

As the world shut down, the General Member Meeting in Los Angeles at Art Pic in March was postponed, as were Atlanta's Spring Party at Scott & Sons Picture Framing and New York's party at propNspoon in April.  The SDSA Board also made the difficult and responsible decision to cancel this year's SDSA Awards Event for May. 

In true Survivor fashion, while we all try to "Outwit, Outplay and Outlast" this pandemic, the SDSA is working hard to be a port in the storm.  We are Zoom-ing all over the place!  Board Meetings, Business Member Meetings, General Member Meetings... even Sunday Dinner With Gene Cane went live on Zoom!  If there's a silver lining to be found, it's been great to have members from all three chapters in the same meeting!

Keep checking the SDSA website! You'll find upcoming SDSA Zoom events, article links and important information in Press/News, get caught-up on articles in SETDECOR, and even take a look back in The Buzz Archive. This is also the perfect time to "Spring Clean" your SDSA website listing in the Membership Directory or the Business Directory

Stay safe people!
California’s Independent Contractors Can Apply
for Federal Unemployment Benefits on April 28

The Wrap

Post-Pandemic Hollywood: Inside Plans to Make Movie and TV Sets Safe Again
Reopening Hollywood: From Insurance To Testing, Crowd Scenes & Craft Services, Here Are The Pandemic Problems Studios Are Trying To Solve Before The Restart

That Show You Love? There's No One On Set For It
New York Times

Hollywood Braces for Production Logjam Post-Virus: "There’s Going to Be So Much Jockeying"
The Hollywood Reporter

The New Rulebook. Guidelines for Film Production in Sweden & Denmark
Nordic Film Guide

Australia’s ‘Neighbours’ Sets Safety Protocols As It Resumes Production;
First Show Back Could Be Road Map For Others

This issue's Spotlight highlights news for Business Members
Hollywood Has Gone Dark, and it's Crushing Thousands
History for Hire, SDSA Business Member

SBA's COVID-19 Resources
Broken Down for Clarity

Debbie's Book
Debbie's Book, SDSA Business Member

Work Stops at Atlanta Prop Houses During Filming Halt
Fox 5 Atlanta
Technical Props, SDSA Business Member
This issue's Decorator Spotlight shines a light on Set Decorators in the news!

7 TV Shows to Binge for Design Inspiration

Architectural Digest
Set Decorators
Amy Wells SDSA, Claudette Didul SDSA, Amber Haley SDSA,
George DeTitta Jr SDSA and Ellen Christiansen SDSA


A Pair of Oscar-Winning Set Designers Restore This Midcentury House in California
Elle Decor
Set Decorator
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco SDSA


Set Decorator Spotlight
SDSA Business Member Newel Props
Shines a Spotlight on
Set Decorator
Cathy Marshall SDSA
Tales From the Loop Brings
Simon Stålenhag’s Futuristic Artwork to Life

Architectural Digest
Set Decorator
Victor Zolfo SDSA


Here Are All the Spots Where ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Was Filmed
The Cinemaholic
Set Decorator
Lisa Clark SDSA

Behind the Scenes, Creatives Are Still Pretty Busy    
Post Gazette 
Set Decorator
Jan Pascale SDSA

Eric McCormack Gives a Tour of the I Love Lucy Set  
Set Decorator
Peter Gurski SDSA
Check out the articles in SETDECOR ONLINE!
Set Decorator
Richard C Walker SDSA
Before television production shut down,
we visited Richard on set!
Join us - you'll enjoy!

Set Decorator
Peter Gurski SDSA

They came back in style...
They're leaving in style!


VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY: Business Members Warner Bros and Victory Props share their insights on COVID 19

More articles are waiting for you at SETDECOR Online!
Visit these 7 Los Angeles Museums—without leaving your sofa
Don't Focus on Fear, says
Local Therapist.

Independant Bugle
Are you ready to feel better?
"The Happiness Lab" podcast,
with Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos
AFI has created a global, virtual gathering of those who love the movies. Each day’s film
is accompanied by fun facts, family-friendly discussion points and material from the
AFI Archive to enrich your viewing experience.

Go inside Disney's secret archives with first look at new series
"Prop Culture”

Entertainment Weekly Article

12 Places to Watch Dance Online
New York Times


Where to Watch Broadway Online: The Theater Lover’s Guide to Streaming
Broadway Direct
Cook along with our very own SDSA Executive Director,
Gene Cane

YouTube Channel
SDSA Members (were) hard at work on...

Some of your favorite shows:
#blackAF Set Decorator - Joanne Baker SDSA
Set Decorator - Rae Deslich SDSA
THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY Set Decorator - Monica Monserrate SDSA
DC's STARGIRL Set Decorator - Natali Pope SDSA (pilot)
DEAD TO ME Set Decorator - Brandi Kalish SDSA
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE Set Decorator - Nicole Montagnino SDSA
INSECURE Set Decorator - Amber Haley SDSA
NEVER HAVE I EVER Set Decorator - Lori Mazuer SDSA
UPLOAD Set Decorator - Jennifer Kom-Tong, Laura Evans SDSA

Playing at a theater* near you:
*Due to theaters currently being closed, the following releases have gone to VOD
and can be found on platforms including AMC Cinema On-Demand,
Amazon Prime Video Cinema and Netflix

ARTEMIS FOWL Set Decorator - Celia Bobak SDSA 
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE Set Decorator - Lori Mazeur SDSA
Set Decorator - Florencia Martin SDSA
LOST GIRLS Art Decorator - Nicole Montagnino SDSA
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Set Decorator - Rae Deslich SDSA
SERGIO Set Decorator - Monica Monserrate SDSA
THE WAY BACK Buyer - Ellen Dorros SDSA

Scheduled to release. Date subject to change...
DREAM HORSE Set Decorator - Charlotte Dirickx SDSA
THE HIGH NOTE Set Decorator - Melissa Levander SDSA
Buyer - Lisa Goldsmith SDSA (Associate)

Set Decorator - Charlotte Dirickx 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:

Les Boothe SDSA Set Decorator (Utah)
Gretchen Gattuso SDSA Set Decorator (NOLA)
Merissa Lombardo SDSA Set Decorator (NY)

Anne Stericker SDSA (Associate)

To see all of our set 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

Merry Norris, Influential L.A. Arts Patron and Cofounder of MOCA,
Has Died at 80


We mourn the loss of Merry Norris,
a wonderful woman who was an early friend and avid supporter of the SDSA
SDSA Coffee Klatch: Session 1
Friday, May 1st, 2020, 3:00pm PST

via ZOOM
A guided discussion moderated by
David Smith SDSA, Gene Serdena SDSA and Ellen Brill SDSA
$15 per session

SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 14th, 2020, 3:00pm PST

via ZOOM
Topic: Business Members Discussion with JoAnn Vara and Mimi Clarke
All members are welcome to participate
RSVP for Meeting number and log-in code

SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 28th, 2020, 3:00pm PST

via Zoom
Topic: SDSA’s Website and SETDECOR's coverage of Set Decoration
with Rosemary Brandenburg, Karen Burg, and Beth Wooke

RSVP for Meeting number and log-in code

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