Production Designer Kasra Farahani, Set Decorator Claudia Bonfe SDSA, and their teams take the Marvel Universe into a daring dichotomy of extreme mid-century modernism visually defining a bloated autocratic bureaucracy with style and underlying sarcasm & wit...and then move on to more fantastical realms, each a new world, each literally a new twisted perspective!
Having become intimately familiar with the Marvel production universe, as Set Decorator of the huge hits STAR WARS: IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME and the upcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 , with a bonus Guardians Holiday Special, Rosemary Brandenburg SDSA was the ideal moderator of a fun and fascinating video conversation.
This amazing video conversation can also be found in the Inside the Set with SETDECOR section of the website and on SETDECOR YouTube – we have you covered!
In describing the journey to determine the design and look of the Time Variance Authority, Kasra notes, “I think what we pursued in the show really did end up being a kind of a cocktail of the scale and the monolithic quality of brutalist architecture, skinned in the optimistic veneer of more colorful West Coast American version of mid-century modernism.”
Re: the collaboration on creating this “cocktail” he points out that Claudia has “...a kind of expert encyclopedic knowledge, a breadth of knowledge about mid-century modernism, and the specifics of the furniture and the decor and the wall sculpture, and all of that, that is at a pretty elite level. And I think we got lucky in that.”
“We both love this period. And we got the opportunity to work on this project that was really utilizing that natural area of interest that we had.” Claudia adds, “And then we had the opportunity to create these other worlds, completely different, totally unique. That was another great aspect of this as a series ”
They are quick to credit the many, many extremely talented collaborators they had on this major project. Having worked with many of these now-experts in their fields, the stories and appreciation from Rosemary, Claudia and Kasra are, indeed, fascinating, especially when you are listening to and watching against the backdrop of some of these unique sets! [Click above for the video]
A few more photos below to give you a glimpse of what you’ll find in the video and in the series!
We know you’ll enjoy!
Karen Burg, Editor
Set Decorator Claudia Bonfe SDSA extends Special Thanks to:
Lead Paul Detlefson | Assistant Set Decorator Jenn Sandel | Lead Buyer Mallorie Coleman | Buyers: Katy Jensen, Charlotte Lee, Eric West, Samuel Tell | Upholstery/Draper Foreman David Dungan | Set Dressing Coordinator Katelyn Cocherell | On Set Dresser Andrew Huggins | Set Decoration Graphic Designers: Stephanie Little, Heath Hancock | Set Dressing Gang Boss Robert Saccenti | Set Dressing Warehouse Manager Kyle Bridwell | Set Dressing Gang Boss/Fabricators: Kyle Howser, Robbie Sadaka | Producer Trish Standard | Special Effects | Supervisor Dan Sudick | Special Effects Coordinator Joel Mitchell | Special Effects Technician Tom Zell | Special Effects Painter Ben Woodworth | Paint Supervisor Larry Clark | Construction Coordinator Michael Miller
And she would like to especially acknowledge the following SDSA Business members:
LCW Props | Alpha Companies Motion Picture Rentals | Omega Cinema Props | ISS/Independent Studio Services | Georgia Prop Source | Practical Props | Warner Bros.Studios
Asteroi, The Citadel at the End of Time...Kasra envisioned it carved in situ, hewn from the asteroid it sits atop. This is totally built, the scale enormous. Cryptic time-related graphics.
Asteroi, The Citadel at the End of Time...A fortress atop an asteroid, the last keeper of time: He Who Remains.
Asteroi, The Citadel at the End of Time...Kasra notes, “Claudia found an unbelievable collection of like, time related, and sort of mysticism related, obscure, and like beautiful, super unique, strange items from all over the world and different cultures and really brought like a mysterious and elegant quality to the to the scene.”