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  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny new village...

    Centuries into a dystopian future, humans have lost the sense of sight.
    Chieftain of the Alkenny tribe Baba Voss [Jason Momoa] and his people have adapted by enhanced use of their other senses and organization of their villages.

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny mountaintop village...

    Baba Voss [Jason Momoa] leads his people to a safe passage as they are being pursued by the vicious Witchfinder army who plan to kill his new-born children...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny mountaintop village...

    The Alkenny are known for their rope-making skills.
    Thus, the lashed structures and furniture and the guidelines through the village. The tendril-like frayed pieces not only show the age of the settlement, but also serve as tangible guides, touching the tallest of the villagers on their heads, enabling them to keep on course. Others use their staffs to occasionally tap the ropes above to assure they’re on track...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny mountaintop village...

    Set decoration as an art as well as visual storytelling.

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny mountaintop village...

    Note the wind-flute instrument that can be heard throughout the mountain passes and this ancient settlement...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    On the road...

    Seeking safe passage for his people, Baba Voss [Jason Momoa] reads a knotted message left by Jerlamarel, a mysterious person helping them. The hanging wind chimes give sound clues to help him find the messages along the way. The staffs that the tribespeople carry help navigate the rough landscape...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    New Alkenny village...

    The new settlement is on a high meadow, next to a good water source...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    New Alkenny village...

    A few years’ time jump forward, the Alkenny people have adjusted to their new life...and for the most part, have been safely ensconced along the treeline...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    New Alkenny village...

    Communal kitchen, with an ancient truckbed serving as stove, complete with a built-in shelf!

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny village...

    Repurposing is a way of life.
    Here, roof tiles are made of rubber tires, one of the items that remained over the centuries...

    Set Decorator Sandy Walker SDSA recalls, “We searched the internet to find out what objects actually will survive a couple of centuries in the future. The disturbing thing is that the number one thing that would survive forever is diapers! And the second is plastics...”
    Click on the video for much more about their discoveries!
    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny village...

    One of the guidelines goes directly from the village center square to Baba Voss’s cottage.
    These roofs are made of birchbark, not as decorative as the crosshatching & tread marks on the tire-shingles, but very functional, and fairly easily resourced by the villagers when needed...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny village...

    The rack outside the dwelling is an efficient storage utility...

    Note the windchimes hanging from each dwelling on the beautifully carved posts, indicating each household’s uniqueness.

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny village...

    Baba Voss’s cottage stands at the end of the village.
    Note the carved poles designating that he is chieftain of the tribe, and the beautiful, artful lashing of ropes...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny village...

    The twins are no longer newborns!
    They are anomalies, born with sight...
    Baba Voss is actually their adoptive father...but the family keeps their sightedness a secret as they would be considered witches and killed...

    Note what once was the hood of a car is now used as a fire heat reflector to protect the woven twig wall.

    Nesta Cooper as Haniwa, Archi Madekwe as Kofun.
    Photo Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Alkenny village...

    Baba Voss [Jason Momoa] heads out on a trek to meet with another tribe.
    Note the ropes skimming his head...

    Sandy tells us, “Associate Producer/Blindness Consultant Joe Strechay was invaluable, not only for the actors, but also for set dec and props, in helping us build a world for a blind community...
    I would have Joe and his team come down to our set dec lock up and workshop and test the items to see if they were actually practical for a blind person to use...”

    Click on the video below for a great story about this!

    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.




  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Opayol scavenger tribe...

    Helping her family search for stolen items, Haniwa makes her way through a labyrinth of scavenged plastic trash, finding alleys through the hedgerows of recycled plastic bales...

    Nesta Cooper.
    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Opayol...

    Prayer wheels were made to catch the wind...and to lure unsuspecting visitors into the labyrinth trap!
    The walls contained bales that weighed as much as 500 pounds.
    At the opposite end of the scale were these individual prayer wheels...and so much more detailing...

    Click on the video below for fascinating tales about this...and the weather’s effect!!!

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Opayol shrine...

    The correct pathway through the labyrinth leads to the scavengers’ 14-foot high Shrine.
    Note: The roof tiles are flipflops!

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Opayol shrine...

    The best of the scavenged treasures are added to the shrine, including Haniwa’s mother’s jewelry pouch containing her royal rings, one of many items that had suddenly gone missing...

    The tips of flipflops-as-tiles are visible here, above the necklace chain of cans...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam, Payan Kingdom...

    The royal “palace” of the Payan kingdom is an ancient hydroelectric plant/dam, still in limited use, most of the equipment now derelict.

    The massive turbine room and other areas were created within an old pulp mill plant that was in the process of being demolished.
    Sandy smiles, “We just loved all the pipe and conduit and structures that had degraded...it was perfect architecture for the background of that room...”

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    Royal council room...Payan Parliament...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    A bewigged Queen Kane reads the constitution, written in knots...the knot language has replaced Braille...

    Sylvia Hoeks.
    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    Queen Kane’s chamber...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    Queen Kane ’s chamber...

    Production Designer Caroline Hanania envisioned the queen as like a bird in a cage, so Sandy had her team create a nest of colored electrical wire and a fur pelt blanket nestled in a 12-foot salvaged satellite dish!

    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    ...and incorporated birdcages throughout the Queen’s chamber.

    Sylvia Hoeks.
    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    Queen Kane’s chamber...

    Click on the video for Sandy’s description of how this chair came together!

    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    Queen Kane’s chamber...

    The “antique” turntable and amplifier system still weakly works.
    The music warbles in a later episode as a symbol for something gone quite wrong...

    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.




  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam, Payan Kingdom...

    Turbine room...
    As it has been hundreds of years since the plague that decimated humankind, nature has taken over...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam, Payan Kingdom...

    Turbine room...

    A gathering of Payan nobility...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    Turbine room, flood gates control panel...
    Queen Kane [Sylvia Hoeks] seeks to open the dam’s flood gates...

    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam, Payan Kingdom...

    Turbine room, Queen Kane has opened the floodgates in vengeance on her people who no longer wish her to lead...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Kanzua Dam Palace, Payan Kingdom...

    Queen Kane’s carriage, in which she will make her escape from the overflowing dam...
    Click on video below for great details on how this was envisioned and created!

    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Payan Kingdom...

    Queen Kane has made her escape, but the results are not as glorious as she had expected...

    Sylvia Hoeks.
    Photo Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Silk farm silk-producing slave compound...

    Queen Kane, who has not revealed her true identity, has been enslaved in a silk-manufacturing hamlet...

    Sylvia Hoeks.
    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.




  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Silk boiling station, Silk farm...

    The production of silk...
    Joe Strechay again gave deep consultation, this time re: the silk-making equipment being appropriate for a blind society who would have created it, as well as used it.
    He then taught the extras and key actors how to properly use each piece of equipment and do the required tasks...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Silk boiling station, Silk farm...

    Detail...the production of silk...

    Photo Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Silk farm...

    Silk merchant Overseer Cutter has a cruelty to match Kane’s and an equally devious mind. He cuts a royal amulet from her chest to use as a bargaining chip...

    Timothy Webber
    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.



  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Silk farm...

    Almost painterly, this image, and yet each element has a purpose and a use...

    Photo by Murray Close ©Courtesy of Apple.


  • Set Decorator
    Sandy Walker SDSA
    Production Designer
    Caroline Hanania
    AppleTV+


    Season 2 foreshadowing...

    Sandy reveals that the next season of the series is even larger in scope and story!

    Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, Archie Madekwe ©Courtesy of Apple.


July 17th, 2020

A virus has decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind.
Jason Momoa stars as the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see—who must protect his tribe against a threatened queen.   –AppleTV+
 
Several centuries after a viral apocalypse, the world has been rebuilding itself, both Nature and the peoples of the world, who are gathered in tribes defined by their environments and their adaptations to and of them. 
 
Producer Peter Chernin points out, “Gradually television has been trying to do a better job of reflecting the world, and yet we see very few visually-impaired people on screen.” Many sight-impaired actors were hired to ensure accuracy and inclusivity. Here, although the tribes are very different in how they’ve adapted, they all share the commonality of not having sight, and that not being an impediment. 
 
Production Designer Caroline Hanania and Set Decorator Sandy Walker SDSA were tasked with representing that visually with the sets depicting the way of life for each of the unique tribes, in which they incorporated the repurposing of objects that would still be around hundreds of years in our future...in ways that blind cultures would develop!



Sandy emphasizes that the collaboration with all the teams in this production was key, as there was so much crossover, particularly in that juxtaposition of creativity and practicality.  
She notes, “The expertise and perspective of Associate Producer/Blindness Consultant Joe Strechay was invaluable, not only for the actors, in how to move and react, but also for set dec and props, for building the world, helping us create the world.”
 
Joe points out, “Any time you lose a sense, you start to focus on your other senses and will start to pick up information in a different way.”
 
Sandy recalls, “I would have Joe and his team come down to our set dec lock-up and workshop and test the items that we built to see if they were actually practical for a blind person...” 
She smiles, “Often, it turned out they were not!”
 
Click on the video for great stories about this and the adaptations Sandy and her team made! 
 
Check out the gallery above for details of some of the amazing sets...as well as insights as to the choices Sandy and her teams made...for instance, knots serve as a written language, knotted ropes and strings give information and tell stories.
 
It was a fascinating experience for all.
We know you will enjoy!
Karen Burg, Editor


 



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