Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, June 10, 2003 10:35 pm

Set dressing, or, attention to detail

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 10:35 pm

From Nancy Nall:

Think I’ll go crack my last Labatt’s and see if I can find a rerun of last night’s “The Wire” episode. I spotted a great set-dressing detail last night, where a character shown lolling in bed sleeping off a hangover was given a very natural-looking drool spot under his pillow. I’m sure people who do that sort of work wonder if people even notice. I noticed. Nice work.

Hear, hear.

My sister, Jane, has worked as a production assistant on a number of movies, some of which you might actually have seen. But even if that weren’t the case, I’d have a great deal of respect for the (often uncredited) people who take the time and trouble to make every little detail in a scene look exactly right. You know why? Because even the tiniest detail is huge when the set you’re dressing is projected up onto a 35-foot-wide movie screen. Talk about making all your mistakes in public.

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