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THE BUZZ - July-August 2020, Issue 10

SDSA The Buzz, July-August 2020 - Issue 10
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In this issue: 3 SDSA members join the Academy, Set Decs get Local support with clarification letter, SDSA Zoom meetings reach capacity!
Local 44 Set Decorator Jurisdiction

IATSE Local 44 Business Agent Tobey Bays issued a formal letter on July 13th, 2020
that clarifies and reestablishes the jurisdictional framework of Local 44 Set Decorators
Additionally, entertainment industry vendors and prop houses received a separate letter
with the clarification, asking businesses to protect and support this jurisdiction.

Congratulations and thank you, to those that worked to make this happen!

SDSA Members keep on Zoomin'

We broke Zoom! 
Well, not really, but we did hit our chatroom capacity of 100 attendees for the first time at the June 11th General Membership Meeting hosted by the SDSA Business Members.

Members from Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Toronto and Chicago all zoomed in to catch-up with each other and to hear updates from SDSA Businesses Members on the status of their doors opening for business and new COVID-19 safety protocols.

And then we did it again!
The July 9th GMM hosted by the SDSA East Coast chapters again hit the
100 attendees ceiling!  There were members logging off so others could log on!

Third time's the charm!
The SDSA Zoom chatroom was upgraded to hold a larger crowd
in time for the July 23rd GMM. No one was turned away!

Mark your calendar now for the next General Membership Meeting!

August 13th, 2020
Look for the invitation with Zoom log-in info in your email inbox, coming soon!
The Academy Invites 819 To Membership Including
3 SDSA Members

Andrew Baseman SDSA
Missy E. Parker SDSA
Ra Vincent SDSA

Set Decorators Share Their
Best Tips for Decorating
Your Own Home

House Beautiful

Set Decorator Claire Kaufman SDSA

A Day in the Life of a Set Decorator: Brandi Kalish of ‘Dead to Me’

Set Decorator Brandi Kalish SDSA

The Intricate Detailed Set Decoration in 'Dead to Me'
Below the Line
Set Decorator Brandi Kalish SDSA
‘Hollywood’ Production Designer Matthew Ferguson on recreating 1940s Los Angeles and
the 20th Oscars

& Video Interview
Matthew Ferguson SDSA

Heritage Golf Resort in Laois to host the largest auction ever in Ireland
Offaly Express

Phillip Murphy SDSA
We mourn the loss of Leslie Ann Pope, who died May 6, 2020 with her beloved husband Doug Fischer at her side, at her home in Venice, CA. She was recovering from heart surgery.

A much in demand Set Decorator, Leslie worked on more than 50 projects and was Oscar nominated for her work on Seabiscuit, winning the Excellence in Production Design Award from the Art Directors Guild for Catch Me If You Can, and Avengers: Endgame. She was a member of the I.A.T.S.E. United Scenic Artists, locals NY #829 & #52, and LA #44 and NABET local #15 and was an honorary Kentucky Colonel.

Her husband Doug wrote,  "Leslie was full of life, so her passing before her time feels like an insult to the natural order of things. She was one of a kind, you really had to know her. I did, and though she’s gone now, she’s in my heart, held, cared for and safe, forever."
More coverage can be found on the SDSA website


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Check out the articles in SETDECOR ONLINE!
Set Decorator
Lisa Clark SDSA
Bringing a best-selling novel to life...
Secrets and sets of the 1990s and '80s!

Set Decorator
Sandy Walker SDSA

We learn about adapting sets to
human adaptation...

Set Decorator
Jenelle Giordano SDSA

Using Portlandia's resources and culture to convey contemporary issues everywhere.

Set Decorator
Amy Wells SDSA

Wake up with candid, fresh & fun perspective from
Set Decorator Amy Wells SDSA

Set Decorator
Dianna Freas SDSA

An alternate history gives us the opportunity to explore "What if?" 
The accuracy of the sets makes it
all the more believable

Set Decorators
Edward McLoughlin SDSA
Kathy Orlando SDSA

A gallery of sets depicting the
Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921,
the events on which the series stems.

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

Some of your favorite shows:
Set Decorators - Missy Parker SDSA, Nimrod Hajdu
Buyer - Ellen Dorros SDSA

Set Decorators - Julie Bolder SDSA, Taylor Moten
Set Decorator - George DeTitta Jr. 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, Netflix and more!

Set Decorator - Karuna Karmarker SDSA
Set Decorator - Merissa Lombardo SDSA
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:

Marina Parker SDSA
Mary Mitchell Williams SDSA

Shannon Sweeney SDSA (Associate)

Olivia Dibs, Friend
Erin Mellring, Friend

Steven Alfaro, Student, Rejoin (HCPR)
Antoinetta Baladi, Student (Miami Dade College)
Meagan Bideau, Student (FIDM)
April Jones, Student (WLAC)

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


SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, August 13th, 2020

via ZOOM
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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