TIMELESS

  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Time machine, The Lifeboat…

    The Lifeboat, which is the first Time Machine prototype built by Mason Industries, is used by the Time team to track down the nefarious Rittenhouse organization. The team has just returned from the battlefields of WWI...

    Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, Matt Lanter. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Time machine, The Lifeboat…

    Lucy Preston [Abigail Spencer] has come back to the team after have been held captive by her mother and Rittenhouse...

    Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Bunker, Lifeboat…

    The Lifeboat is part practical set piece and part visual effects, seen here on its landing pad in the bunker. This is the time machine that transports the TIMELESS team back in history. The bunker, built on a sound stage at Paramount studios in Hollywood, is not as tall as seen on TV. Visual effects are added in post-production to build height to this former government missile silo...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Bunker…

    The bunker was once a government facility before the Time team moved in.

    Much of the set decoration was rented from SDSA International business member LCW Props. This is the corridor to the Kitchen and TV room, notice the Lifeboat in the distance.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Bunker, Lifeboat Mission Control...

    The Mission Control Center for the Lifeboat, located just inside the lip of the bunker.

    Notice the use of equipment and furniture that supposedly had been left when the government abandoned the facility...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Bunker, Lifeboat Mission Control...

    In the final episode of Season 2, the group learns that Wyatt’s wife has been working for the evil network Rittenhouse. In this photo, she has just stolen the Lifeboat, and taken team member Jiya hostage to pilot the machine.

    Sakina Jaffery, Abigail Spencer, Paterson Joseph, Malcom Barrett, Goran Visnic, Matt Lanter. Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Bunker, Commons...

    The Bunker's cafeteria/lounge, which sometimes serves as sleeping quarters of the group, as the bedroom facilities are outgrown.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Lifeboat/Time machine landing pad...

    The practical set for the Lifeboat and its landing pad...
    Notice the top of the walls of the set.
    Since the bunker set was built on a soundstage, Visual Effects department has to add height to the “old missile silo” used in our story for the time machine and its lift-offs and returns.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Lifeboat landing pad...

    Walls of the landing pad show the age of the building. Before the Time team arrived the bunker was originally used as a missile silo.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Sleeping quarters...

    Sleeping quarters for the team, two to a room. Everything is aged to look original to when the government built the bunker in the 1950's.

    Set Decorator Dena Allen SDSA International tells us that only one room was built to become the sleeping quarters and was redressed to be different bedrooms. The only characters that had individual bedrooms were Conner Mason, the time machine’s creator and Garcia Flynn, an outside agent.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    The War to End all Wars...

    The first episode from Season 2 finds a captured Lucy with her mother at the French battlefront, working for Rittenhouse...
    Lucy [Abigail Spencer] discovers that Marie Curie has brought portable X-ray machines to help with the wounded.

    Here, we see WWI medical tents sets filmed on location at the Disney Ranch.

    Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    The War to End all Wars...

    The team finds each other after Lucy was thought to be lost, taken by Rittenhouse in the preceding episode about WWI.

    Malcolm Babbitt, Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    The Darlington 500, 1950s South Carolina...

    The Time team in the auto garage of NASCAR driver Wendell Scott, the first African-American NASCAR driver...

    Malcolm Barrett, Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    The Darlington 500, 1950s South Carolina...

    Episode 2 of the second season...inside of Wendell Scott’s auto shop...

    Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal.




  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Paramount Studios, 1941...

    The team meets actress Hedy Lamarr, who turns out to be not only a glamorous movie star but also a scientific wizard whose discoveries led to the invention of Wi-Fi.

    Filmed on the Paramount Studios backlot as Paramount Studios 1941, this was one of the easiest sets to decorate!

    Malcolm Barrett, Abigail Spencer. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Salem Witch Hunt, 1692...

    Episode 4 of the season sent us back to the Salem Witch Trials, filmed on location at the Disney Ranch. Luckily for both Allen and Production Designer John Zachary, they had experience with this time period, as they had worked on the film SALEM years earlier.

    Malcolm Barrett, Abigail Spencer, Goran Visnic. Photo by Patrick Wymore ©2018 NBC/Universal.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Salem Witch Hunt, 1692...

    Inside a saloon in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692, during the Salem Witch Trials...this was the farthest back in time that Season 2 went.

    Malcolm Barrett, Abigail Spencer. Photo by Patrick Wymore ©2018 NBC/Universal.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Now and then...

    Wyatt [Matt Lanter], young John F Kennedy [Grant Jordan] and Rufus [Malcolm Barrett] in the bunker’s boiler room after the team is forced to bring JFK back with them to the future...

    Photo by Paul Drinkwater ©2018 NBC/Universal.




  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Now and then...

    In the episode The Kennedy Curse, a young JFK is brought to present day 2018 by the Time team to save his life. He is taken to the bunker, but escapes and finds himself at a high school party.

    President Kennedy also makes an appearance in Season 1 in the Las Vegas episode.

    Grant Jordan, Reina Hardest. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Now and then...

    John F. Kennedy seen here present day 2018 with a teenager who has just showed him his future and now looking at a coin with his face on it, the silver half dollar.

    Grant Jordan, Reina Hardest. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Birth of the Delta Blues...

    Birth of the Delta Blues, Episode 6, is the first episode in which Conner Mason [Paterson Joseph] is taken back in time with the machine that he helped create to rescue the life and legacy of Robert Johnson...

    This juke joint set was built on a sound stage, Robert Johnson [Kamal Naiqui] is seen recording a record of the blues, with Mason manning the controls.

    Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.



  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Birth of the Delta Blues...

    In this scene, in the Depression-era South, Conner Mason [Paterson Joseph] meets famed blues singer Bessie Smith [Radha Blank].

    A favorite set of Allen’s, great fun for her and her team to decorate...

    Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.



  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Suffragette Campaign Headquarters, New York, 1919...

    Episode 7 is about women earning the right to vote.
    This scene was filmed on the backlot of Paramount in a practical façade, serving as a Suffragette campaign headquarters.

    Abigail Spencer, Sarah Sokolovic, Matt Lanter. Photo by Justin Lubin ©2018 NBC/Universal.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    New York, 1919...

    The backlot of Paramount is transformed into 1919 New York City during the campaign of women's suffrage. First layers were: lighting, sconces, door numbers, plus dirt put down over the asphalt to create the correct time period.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    March for the Right to Vote, New York, 1919...

    A street food market, a butcher shop, fabric store and other storefronts were created on the Paramount backlot...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Filming: March for the Right to Vote, New York, 1919...

    The march for women's right to vote set in NYC 1919 but shot on the backlot of Paramount...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.



  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Washington DC, 1981...

    1981 Washington D.C. Hotel, moments before John Hinckley Jr [Erik Stocklin] steps outside and shoots President Reagan.

    The scene where Reagan was shot was filmed in downtown Los Angeles at LA Center Studios, which formerly had been Unocal Center, headquarters of Union Oil Company.

    Photo by Ron Batzdorff ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Battle aftermath, Civil War, South Carolina...

    A Civil War battlefield, just after the Time team has arrived and right before they meet Harriet Tubman.

    This scene was filmed on location at the Disney Ranch.

    Photo by Ron Batzdorff ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Civil War, South Carolina...

    A Rebel camp...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Civil War, South Carolina...

    A Union general’s tent on the battlefield front in South Carolina, where Lucy pleads with the general to help Harriett Tubman fight the Rebels.

    This tent interior was set up on a soundstage which makes it easier to control the elements.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Civil War, South Carolina...

    Rittenhouse has planted sleeper cells through out history.
    In the 9th episode, we see an example, a Confederate general’s sleeping quarters on the Civil War battlefield...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Civil War, South Carolina...

    Rittenhouse’s Emma and the sleeper cell officer that was planted into the past, seen in his sleeping quarters/officer’s tent.
    Emma gives the Rebel general a cheeseburger and a current book about the Civil War, which serves as is his roadmap to beat the union...

    Annie Wersching, Kevin Sizemore. Photo by Ron Batzdorff ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Chinatown, San Francisco, 1888...

    One of Allen’s favorite episodes...
    It took three days to transform the backlot of Paramount into San Francisco’s Chinatown area of 1888.
    What you don’t see is the downpour, unusual for Los Angeles, but the damp and grey skies lent credibility to the San Francisco re-creation.

    Annie Wersching, Tonya Glanz. Photo by Ron Batzdorff ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.



  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Chinatown, San Francisco, 1888...

    The team inside of an 1888 photography shop, in search of the kidnapped Jiya...
    This was also filmed on the backlot of Paramount Studios...

    Goran Visnic, Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett.
    Photo by Ron Batzdorff ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.




  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Apollo 11 Control Room, Season 1...

    Set Decorator Janessa Hitsman SDSA International had planned to rent prop control panels, but they were suddenly not available, so she had to have these built! Quite a task, given the devil is in the details...every light on the panels had to be rigged, parts had to be locally sourced.
    Hitsman was proud of what her team could pull off in a short window of time.

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.



  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Chicago World’s Fair, 1893,
    Season 1...


    A bedroom inside the H.H. Holmes House a.k.a. The Chicago World’s Fair Hotel, a.k.a. The Murder House...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.



  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Al Capone’s office, Chicago, 1931,
    Season 1...


    Al Capone’s desk, inside the mobster’s inner office in Chicago 1931...
    This was a favorite set for the Vancouver Set Decorator...

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.


  • Set Decorator
    Dena Allen SDSA International
    Janessa Hitsman SDSA International
    Production Designer
    John Zachary
    NBC


    Al Capone’s office, Chicago, 1931,
    Season 1...


    Notice the attention to detail down to the ash tray on the coffee table and the myriad practical lights used to add to the atmosphere of the set as well as give us a sense of time...

    ...Appropriate for a show that is TIMELESS!

    Photo ©2018 NBC/Universal. All Rights Reserved.




 
Set Decoration that is Timeless...
 
The time-travel series TIMELESS has the unique twist of visiting untold moments in history...and the iconic historical figures instrumental in these moments...as part of an ongoing race to prevent the destruction of the world as we know it.
 
TIMELESS tells the story of a three-person team of time travelers racing throughout history trying to save humankind: Lucy Preston [Abigail Spencer], the historian, Wyatt Logan [Matt Lanter], the soldier, and Rufus Carlin [Malcolm Barrett], the engineer who pilots the time machine. The team, assembled by the Department of Homeland Security under the direction of Agent Denise Christopher [Sakina Jaffrey], is working with the creator of a time machine, Connor Mason [Paterson Joseph], initially to fight against Garcia Flynn [Goran Visnic]. Flynn has stolen the time machine from Mason Industries in order to change history to fight against Rittenhouse, an underground, ruthless new world order. Throughout Season 1, we learn the backstory as to why Flynn has stolen the time machine. By the end of the season, we learn that the mother of one of the members of the team is part of Rittenhouse...in fact, the family has been part of this nefarious group for centuries! In Season 2, we see the team join Flynn to fight back against Rittenhouse.
 
The challenge of presenting a different and specific era for each week of the series required extensive research and top teams. Production Designer John Zachary, Set Decorators Dena Allen SDSA International and Janessa Hitsman SDSA International share their “behind the scenes” work in a conversation with Chase Helzer SDSA International Associate (a loyal fan!)* and Beth Wooke SDSA International, who had the opportunity to work with Allen and Zachary for a few days at Los Angeles area locations...
 
Season 1, Vancouver...

Season 1 was filmed entirely in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver is a modern city, which unfortunately tends not to preserve old buildings. This was challenging not only for the Set Decorator Janessa Hitsman SDSA International, but also for the Locations Department. “I really have to give credit to our Locations Managers Myles Lenning and Michael Roberts. They found great locations for all of these different periods.”
 
“The biggest challenge on Timeless Season 1 was neither building nor sourcing decor - it was the timeline.” 8 days of shooting and 8 days of prep for each episode. There were times it became extremely tight to get the set to camera in time. In an episode about the Apollo 11 Mission (1960’s), Hitsman was tasked at creating the mission control room. The prop house she was planning to rent from was temporarily closed, so she suddenly had to have the console built. “Every switch, button, CRT and receiver had to be sourced locally in Vancouver...two dozen wireman working along with a dozen set dressers to get these control consoles ready for camera! I remember standing in the middle of the shop, feeling the energy, everyone giving it their all...” This made the Apollo 11 set one of her favorites of the season.
 
It was a large undertaking creating the TIMELESS world each week. “It was a difficult show, but a Set Decorator’s dream show.” She was able to rent set decoration from prophouses and antique stores. However, since rented furniture couldn’t be aged, she had to purchase much of it. As episodes went on, she accrued a massive inventory of stock, so she used a classic Set Decorator method to reuse furniture—she had it reupholstered and refinished, and on to the next era, the next set. “We also had to custom all of our massive drapery the whole show, as the drapery had to be so outrageous, and, due to the shooting style of Season 1, was featured so heavily. I kept 3 workrooms going solid the whole show!
 
Season 2, Los Angeles...

Production Designer John Zachary and Set Decorator Dena Allen SDSA International were brought on when the production moved to Los Angeles for Season 2. Having experience with period productions stood them well. Period television is always challenging, but TIMELESS has the added challenge, given that it doesn’t stick to one time in history, that each episode is literally a different time, ranging from the 17th century to present day. Research was vitally important in order for the story to be told as actually as possible. While Zachary and Allen and their teams dove into research for each period, the writers of the show also helped, “They gave us what they had and we gave them what we had, and we worked together for each episode,” says Zachary.


 
In television, there isn’t as much prep time as a feature film, and yet TIMELESS was like designing and decorating a different film each week. “For the season premiere, we had a considerable amount of design time, but it closes in really quickly as the season goes on,” Zachary wryly notes.
 
Allen had suggested in passing that perhaps there should be timeline created. Production Assistant Elisabeth Maines created an extensive timeline that wrapped around the perimeter of the Set Dec office. The timeline was a cheat sheet of sorts to keep technology paired with important dates in history. Since the story jumps around through centuries, it came in handy. “For quick reference, it was good to know when the first washing machine or the first computer came out,” says Allen. “It was truly an amazing thing to have.” As was her team! Buyers Eric Taylor and Jody Bergman, and Leadman Joe Grafmuller and his crew were a phenomenal help, “It was a huge task for all of us, and I really felt that we were a strong team the whole time.” 

...Period details... 
You may not think about it, the world changes around you in some obvious ways but also in subtle ways. When location scouting for the President Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt episode, Zachary noticed significant differences, “You may not think there is a whole lot of change from the 1980s, but when you look at photographs, you note…they didn’t have those street lights…they didn’t have handicap ramps…that didn’t exist.”
 
For Allen, the constant “off” on each location was thermostats. “They were all wrong, no matter what time period, they were always wrong, so Stephen Pleat, Visual Effects, had to budget a line item in every episode just to conceal the thermostats in post.” Who would think that thermostats would be an issue, but you usually can’t cover them, it would look odd, and you can’t remove them on a location, so here’s a great example of inter-department collaboration. Visual Effects were essential in completing the storytelling on screen. Another example: the Barkley Hotel in downtown Los Angeles was used for the exterior, Austin Texas 1936. Only one street block was decorated when shooting the scene. Then Visual Effects in post-production created the rest, “They added cars and buildings, a lot details in the background and got rid of inappropriate street lights,” Zachary recalls.

...Locations... 
The team shot extensively in and around Hollywood, including the Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles to play as New York’s Saint Regis Hotel in the 19th century. For a 1955-era dirt racetrack in the episode The Darlington 500, they built half of a speedway at Sable Ranch. They also filmed at the Disney Ranch for the battlefield of World War I. “There had recently been a brush fire there, so we shot the burned out area as the ravaged WWI battlefield,” Zachary reveals. They filmed almost half the shooting schedule on the Paramount Studios sound stage and half on various locations. “We shot in the bunker permanent set a lot, I would say at least two days an episode,” says Allen. Other sets that used the Paramount lot included the Women’s suffrage episode, while one the easiest sets for John Zachary was the 1941 movie studio, which was shot at Paramount Studios for Paramount Studios, “That was pretty much a slam dunk!”  Zachary laughs.
 
...Budget...
The largest challenge for both Zachary and Allen was, of course, nothing new to them: the budget. Yet somehow they were able to bring history to life each week. “We had to get creative about how we did it, making everything really authentic without breaking the bank,” Zachary imparts. Allen spent carefully, “From years of experience as a set decorator you learn to dress a set wisely, you know what is or isn’t going to show up on a TV screen. I’m never going to buy expensive sheets from France for a quick shot of a bed…that’s not money well spent. It’s that balance, you have to remember what they are going to actually see.”
 
From her long standing relationships with prop houses, Allen was also was able to work out special production deals. SDSAI Business member LCW rented her upwards of $300,000 worth of technical and period set decoration for a fraction of the price. “The set decoration for the bunker set came from them, part of it actually off the series THE LAST SHIP. They gave us an amazing deal, they were very kind to me,” Allen notes. She also rented from SDSAI Business member Premiere Props for historically accurate military tents and medical equipment used in the first episode about World War I, plus the many crates and barrels it takes to fill a set! She worked with Business members Warner Bros. Studios and Universal Studios Property for high-end scenes, especially for the Presidential Suite in the Women's Suffrage episode.
 
...History...

For history buff John Zachary working on TIMELESS was a great experience. “The historical sets, were really the most fun... I’m a big scholar of the Civil War Reconstruction era, so I really enjoyed the Harriet Tubman episode, but my favorite was the World War I episode.”
 
When asked what Dena Allen’s favorite set was, it was easy, “My all-time favorite was San Francisco Chinatown 1888,  for the last episode. It was really difficult. It poured down rain as we were shooting on the backlot of Paramount! The research was really interesting…from there, my buyers found fabulous appropriate elements, then it was about three days of our talented set dressing team layering it into the set. I was very proud of it and enjoyed the whole process of that Chinatown episode.”
 
TIMELESS is the type of show you can be immersed in the history lessons the script provides and yet be entertained all in the same moment. The big reason fans are so invested in the show, is that families, both young and old, can watch the show and learn something new each week, with storylines and sets about historical figures and events.


Addendum... 
At the time of these interviews, news broke that the show would not be renewed but the fan base, as well as, the show creators are hopeful that a movie version of the show will allow one more last trip on the time machine!
 
We want to thank Janessa, Dena and John for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences via conference calls all over the country. Dena Allen SDSAI is currently working on THE RESIDENT, and, ironically, we discovered during this interview she will be working with Chase Helzer SDSAI Associate while filming in Atlanta! Janessa Hitsman SDSAI has completed production on LOST IN SPACE, check back to SET DECOR for that new article soon!
We look forward to continuing to follow the careers of these amazing set decorators!
                                                                             
                                                               *Photo gallery captions were written by Helzer
 
Editor’s note:
As Allen has pointed out, and every Set Decorator knows, SDSA International Business member are an invaluable asset.
She would like to particularly acknowledge:
LCW
Practical Props
Omega|Cinema Props
Lennie Marvin Propheaven
Hollywood Studio Gallery
EC Props
Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture
Pinacoteca Picture Props
RC Vintage
History for Hire
Premiere Props
Universal Studios Property
Warner Bros. Studios




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