80 FOR BRADY
February 10th, 2023 by Jon J. Bush
Set Decorator Jon J. Bush SDSA
Production Designer Wynn Thomas
We couldn’t pass this up for Super Bowl weekend!
A quick look at 80 FOR BRADY with insider caption notes from Set Decorator Jon J. Bush SDSA ...
Here’s a chance to peek behind-the-scenes with Jon, who established the look of the basketball greats series WINNING TIME with Production Designer Wynn Thomas, and joined him to bring this special story of Superbowl 51 to life. [You’ll see more of Jon’s work soon in the next season of WINNING TIME.]
Enjoy this one, it’s great fun!
Karen Burg, Editor
Paramount Pictures says:
“80 FOR BRADY is actually a coming-of-age story...it’s just a different age than usual!
Four true legends of the screen join forces as gutsy ringleader Lou [Lily Tomlin], glam, feisty Trish [Jane Fonda], adventurous, tireless Maura [Rita Moreno], and smart, down-to-earth Betty [Sally Field]. These decades-long BFFs have been watching football together for years—complete with their own superstitions, rituals, and jerseys. Still, the ultimate dream of attending the Super Bowl has never seemed within reach—more so now that most of them are over 80. So, when tickets unexpectedly come their way, the foursome toss caution to the wind, heading into misadventures no one saw coming, from hot wings to hot guys, from mischief to mayhem…even before the momentous Super Bowl 51 begins.”
The USC Football Locker Room at the Coliseum was transformed into the Locker Room at Reliant Stadium in Houston for our Super Bowl 51 set. Athletic Room, LME and Game Changers helped fill out the look. Lily Tomlin with Tom Brady. Photo by Scott Garfield © 2022 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
The Pat’s Nation set was a clearance nightmare. LME, Warner Brothers, RC Vintage and Athletic Room came through with great period sports items for the shelves. Alex Moffat as Nat and Rob Corddry as Pat. Photo by Scott Garfield © 2022 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
NFL Experience: Stage dress of the “NFL Experience”. The helmet display was provided by the NFL. The Lockers and benches were supplied by Athletic Room. Photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
BTS: Sideline close of players on bench: This was a built set of the Patriots sideline for Super Bowl 51, with cameos of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman & Danny Amendola. LME provided all the elements in this set: benches, barricades and stadium seats. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
BTS: The magic of Greenscreen! On the stage build for Houston’s Reliant Energy Stadium. Who knew LME has enough seats to create a stadium! Our stars are seated, Director Kyle Marvin is standing in the aisle, ready for action. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Sky box: Our cast roots for the Patriots in the Sky Box set at Super Bowl 51. Form Decor supplied all the high-end furniture and Sandy Rose Floral created the arrangements for the Sky Box set. More Greenscreen magic! Interior of the skybox and stadium built on stage. LME also supplied the seats for the Sky Box. BTS photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Jane Fonda as Trish, Sally Field as Betty, Lily Tomlin as Lou, Rita Moreno as Maura. Photo by Scott Garfield © 2022 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Lou’s (Lily Tomlin) Home. Where it all began, years before. We did multiple period re-dresses over 21 of Tom Brady’s seasons! I used Omega Cinema Props, The Collection at Warner Bros. and HSG/Hollywood Studio Gallery to create this look. And on the left, the dream fulfilled! BTS photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Rita Moreno as Maura, Jane Fonda as Trish, Sally Field as Betty, Lily Tomlin as Lou. Photo by Scott Garfield © 2022 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Maura’s [Rita Moreno] Apartment at Calm Gardens: HSG and Nest provided the big pieces. Most of the smalls came from WB Handprops. Rita Moreno as Maura. Photo by Scott Garfield © 2022 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Trish’s [Jane Fonda] Bedroom and Writing Space...Our Buyer Kate Fettis used many of the great prophouses in putting this layered set together: Objects, Universal, Nest, Omega and Warner Bros. Jane was very involved in the dress of her character's set. It’s a surreal thing to have a text conversation with Jane Fonda! Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Betty [Sally Field] is a math professor, so her office was a combo platter with items from Faux Library, Omega, Warner Bros, HSG, and Practical Props. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
We just had to finish off with Billy Porter and the 80FB group enjoying “Celebrity poker” in our set for the Houston Mansion Super Bowl Party Celebrity Poker Game. Warner Bros supplied the table. The chairs and torchieres were from Omega. Glad you could join us!