IS THERE A POINT TO THAT CHAIR?: SET DECORATING, THE UNDERAPPRECIATED ART
When you're watching a film it's easy to understand and appreciate that a lot of time, thought, and energy goes into every little detail. We understand that for the amount of money (and hopefully passion) that accompanies the creation and completion of a film, there are a lot of opinions and decisions about everything we see, hear, and feel as an audience. But sometimes, even knowing all that, you want to know more. Set Decor is a website that gives you just that – cataloging those extraneous background details of what we see on screen and giving us all the meaning we never knew was there.
The site, sponsored by the Set Decorators Society of America (who knew?), is divided into exploring the sets of films, television series, and individual directors. It lists the set decorators and production designers of each work, culls any information they can get about the reasoning behind a set's look and feel, and even includes links so you can get pieces of the set for your own designing needs.
For television show enthusiasts, the site is an awesome tool that lets you can discover how and why set designs change throughout a show's run. For example: they have an article all about the differences of Parks and Recreation protagonist Leslie Knope's new office, or how they went about creating the multitude of sets needed for FX's Justified. Films – which often have even more though put into the decisions made about set design – are catalogued in equal measure. Articles on movies like Birdman, Whiplash, and the newest X-Men contain scores of inside information about choices designers made in visualizing the needs of the director, and how those choices helped to set tone and style within the film.
The site is great for letting you catch nuances about a favorite movie or TV show you may have missed the first time. Plus, it could just help you finally find all the pieces to decorate your office identical to Don Draper's.