Wednesday, February 17, 2010

David Rockwell designs Oscar set for second time

Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic, the producers of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, want to keep this year's show moving along at a fast pace so that influenced the design of the Oscars set by production designer David Rockwell (left).

Rockwell has configured a set for the March 7 show that has multiple presentation areas whose pieces will be able to quickly transform. Instead of one central platform that doesn't allow for simultaneous action, the stage will have three circular turntables spaced out from one another, each enclosed by curved walls that will showcase images or film clips (the model is shown on the right).

To frame hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as well as the presenters, open screens with what Rockwell described as "modern decorative patterns" will be used to create lighting designs as backdrops. In contrast to last year's production, where the flooring was black, the upcoming show will feature a floor that is white. (Topaz and brown are also part of the show's color scheme.)

Rockwell is keeping some aspects from last year's show such as the Swarovski crystal curtain to border the stage. (Click on the heading above to see last year's stage). The stage will again be on two levels, so that the audience can feel closer to the action. Rockwell is also building on a reconfigured seating structure that was introduced last year to bring the audience and the performers more closely together, by strategically placing faceted mirrors whose reflections contribute to a sense of connectedness.

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