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Building a Metaphor THE UNDERGROUND RAILROADImage above: THE TENNESSEE STATION FEATURED A MURAL DEPICTING THE DIGGING OF THE RAILROAD, CREATED BY SAM MESSER, ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS.
I have spent four of the last five years collaborating with Barry Jenkins on three iconic projects. The journey has been an odyssey of literature, histor
Expanding Emily’s World DESIGNING DICKINSON SEASON 2Above Image: OPERA SEQUENCE IN PRODUCTION
When I was first approached about designing the second season of Dickinson, I watched the ten episodes of season one. I was struck by Alena Smith’s vision, from the bold juxtaposition of contemporary music and language to the lush period production desig
Immigrant Roots in America MINARIAbove Image: JACOB’S FARM, ILLUSTRATION.
Tulsa was very already summery when I arrived at the airport in early June, and I was instantly alarmed because I realized that we, not only the Art Department but also the shooting crew, were really going to work in a land of hardship. Much like the ch
A Heightened Regency Pastiche BRIDGERTONAbove Image: BALLROOM CONCEPT SKETCH BY LEWIS PEAKE.
When I was asked to design Bridgerton in January of 2018, I knew back then that it wasn’t going to be the run-of-the-mill period drama. During my initial conversation with Chris Van Dusen (the showrunner) and Shondaland, it was made clear tha
Here’s What I Tried... DESIGNING RYAN MURPHY’S RATCHEDAbove Image: PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL. EXTERIOR LOCATION. SET PHOTO.
I’ve been the Production Designer on five shows produced by Ryan Murphy, four series and one film. One thing Ryan said consistently is that he likes to base the design on an element that really exists or existed at some point in t
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