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Drew Boughton (‘The Man in the High Castle’ production designer): ‘It is not the alternative world that any of us wanted to have’ [Exclusive Video]

Drew Boughton (‘The Man in the High Castle’ production designer): ‘It is not the alternative world that any of us wanted to have’ [Exclusive Video]
When discussing his work on “The Man in the High Castle” in our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), production designer Drew Boughton took a moment to reflect on the show’s relevancy to current events. “It is certainly the case that in envisioning this alternative world, it is not the alternative world that any of […]
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Why ‘Westworld’ and ‘The Crown’ Could Win Production Design Emmys

Why ‘Westworld’ and ‘The Crown’ Could Win Production Design Emmys
HBO’s sci-fi western “Westworld,” is the heavy favorite to win for contemporary and fantasy production design. The question is whether two nominations for both its western theme park and futuristic programming center actually doubles its chances — or cancels it out. Competition comes from the dystopian minimalism of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the richly Gothic “Penny Dreadful” (nominated last year), and the Vatican beauty of “The Young Pope.”

Meanwhile, the royalty glam of Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” is the heavy favorite to win for period production design, with competition from the Old Hollywood trappings of “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the nightmarish ’80s sci-fi of “Stranger Things,” the alt history of “The Man in the High Castle” (nominated last year), and perennial contender, “Masters of Sex.”

The Dueling Dystopias

The imagination and scope of “Westworld” was unrivaled. In re-imagining Michael Crichton’s adult theme park gone berserk, Jonathan Nolan and
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'Jackie', 'Beyoncé: Lemonade' among Art Directors Guild nominees

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'Jackie', 'Beyoncé: Lemonade' among Art Directors Guild nominees
The Guild announced on Thursday nominations for the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards across a multitude of categories covering features, TV, commercials and music videos.

Among the film nominees were Café Society, Manchester By The Sea, Hell Or High Water and Arrival.

TV nominees encompass Game Of Thrones, The Night of and Silicon Valley, while Beyonce’s Lemonade visual extravaganza is a heavy-hitter in the music videos section.

The awards show is set for February 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Excellence In Production Design For A Feature FilmPERIOD Film

Café Society, Santo Loquasto

Fences, David Gropman

Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Robison

Hail, Caesar!, Jess Gonchor

Hidden Figures, Wynn Thomas

Jackie, Jean Rabasse

Fantasy Film

Arrival, Patrice Vermette

Doctor Strange, Charles Wood

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Stuart Craig

Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont

Contemporary Film

Hell Or High Water, Tom Duffield

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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees
The Art Directors Guild has nominated Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for an excellence in production design award in the fantasy film category. Also nominated in the category are “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Passengers.”

The winners will be announced at the guild’s 21st annual awards show, which will take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Feb. 11.

Voting in the period film category resulted an in a tie, meaning that there are six films nominated rather than five. Those movies are “Cafe Society,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Hidden Figures” and “Jackie.”

In the contemporary category, the Adg nominated “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

Most of the winners of the Adg awards are also nominated for Academy Awards for best production design. “Mad Max: Fury Road
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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees
The Art Directors Guild has nominated Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for an excellence in production design award in the fantasy film category. Also nominated in the category are “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Passengers.”

The winners will be announced at the guild’s 21st annual awards show, which will take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Feb. 11.

Voting in the period film category resulted an in a tie, meaning that there are six films nominated rather than five. Those movies are “Cafe Society,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Hidden Figures” and “Jackie.”

In the contemporary category, the Adg nominated “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

Most of the winners of the Adg awards are also nominated for Academy Awards for best production design. “Mad Max: Fury Road” won the Adg’s
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2016 Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Keep Oscar Momentum Alive

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2016 Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Keep Oscar Momentum Alive
The Art Directors Guild has announced the nominees for this year’s Adg Excellence in Production Design Awards, with “Jackie,” “La La Land” and more among the contenders. Adg’s awards are different from most others, as it has categories for Period, Fantasy and Contemporary Films; this has led to a wide array of winners in recent years, including the likes of “Her” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” This year’s ceremony, the 21st, will take place in Hollywood on Saturday, February 11. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: Writers Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and More

Period Film

Cafe Society” (Production Designer: Santo Loquasto)

Fences” (Production Designer: David Gropman )

Hacksaw Ridge” (Production Designer: Barry Robinson)

“Hail, Caesar!” (Production Designer: Jess Gonchor)

“Jackie” (Production Designer: Jean Rabasse)

Fantasy Film

“Arrival” (Production Designer: Patrice Vermette)

Doctor Strange” (Production Designer: Charles Wood)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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[Watch] ‘The Man in the High Castle’ production designer Drew Boughton on bringing Philip K. Dick book to life

“Knowing that it’s an alternative period is an incredibly challenging assignment, but also just a wonderful one,” admits production designer Drew Boughton as we chat via webcam (see above) about his Emmy-nominated work on “The Man in the High Castle.” The Amazon Prime series imagines what life in 1962 America would look like had the Nazis won WWII. “Most production […]
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Emmy Predictions 2016: Production and Costume Design Races Reflect Cultural Upheaval

Emmy Predictions 2016: Production and Costume Design Races Reflect Cultural Upheaval
“The Times They Are a Changin'” pretty well sums up this year’s Emmy craft contenders for production and costume design. The series all deal with social, political and cultural upheaval, which provided creative opportunities in designing and dressing characters on the cusp of change.

Production Design

In the race for production design (fantasy or contemporary), Amazon’s adaptation of Philip K.Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” is building buzz for its retro-future vision, in which the Nazis and Japanese won World War II.

For production designer Drew Boughton, that meant three distinct looks for New York City (run by the Nazis), San Francisco (occupied by the Japanese) and Canon City, Colorado (the neutral zone). New York offered an austere, concrete, gray vibe reminiscent of the Eastern block, San Francisco went more wood and aqua blue and Canon City was rural, like a Western.

“What are the
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Emmys 2016: The 5 Most Attention-Grabbing Craft Contenders

Emmys 2016: The 5 Most Attention-Grabbing Craft Contenders
There’s good reason newcomers “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Man in the High Castle” distinguished themselves with Emmy craft noms: they brought authenticity to stories that tap into the racial divisiveness, violence and alienation that are weighing heavily on our minds this Presidential election season. And riding the surge of female empowerment, impeccably produced “Outlander” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” also landed craft recognition.

FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” grabbed 22 noms (including cinematography, costumes, makeup and editing), second only to Emmy leader “Game of Thrones” with 23. What they achieved with recreating “the trial of the century” in the ’90s was bringing it eerily full-circle today.

Verisimilitude, of course, was crucial. For cinematographer Nelson Cragg, the Bundy Drive crime scene where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered provided one challenge. Since the Brentwood condo no longer exits, they had to
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Is this 'The Man in the High Castle' ad campaign the worst ever?

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Is this 'The Man in the High Castle' ad campaign the worst ever?
"The Man in the High Castle" is a show that imagines what America would look like if Germany and Japan won WWII. That means it includes lots of Nazi imagery, like a swastika on the American flag and on the face of New York's iconic 2 Times Square. These are images that, even 70 years after the war, can be very upsetting. In fact, "High Castle" showrunner Frank Spotnitz told The New York Times that the show had some difficulties securing locations for the shoot, as many building owners refused to participate once they found out that there would be swastikas involved. "The production did what it could to keep from roiling the emotions of locals during filming, covering armbands between scenes and waiting as long as possible before hoisting inflammatory flags and banners," the article continues, before concluding with production designer Drew Boughton saying that "the trickiest thing has been navigating these legitimate sensitivities.
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TV Review: Derivative ‘Hemlock Grove’ Goes Down Slowly

TV Review: Derivative ‘Hemlock Grove’ Goes Down Slowly
Without providing much supporting evidence, Netflix has proclaimed “House of Cards” a success, which is plausible (if a trifle irritating) given mostly favorable reviews and front-page stories about whether the distributor’s binge-viewing format would reinvent TV as we know it. From a subscriber standpoint, “Hemlock Grove” — a horror concept from director Eli Roth — might be an even surer bet, although the series itself is undistinguished, playing like a slightly saucier version of the CW’s supernatural youth-skewing soaps. Disemboweling teenagers is a tried-and-true horror staple, but beyond dedicated genre fans, a few sips of “Hemlock” will more than suffice.

Novelist Brian McGreevy developed his book as a series with Lee Shipman, and the first three episodes rather slowly disgorge secrets, while oscillating between teens and their parents to provide multigenerational froth, much like gothic soaps ranging from Fox’s “Point Pleasant” to CW’s “Secret Circle” to CBS’ “Harper’s Island.
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