Beginning this Sunday 17th Sept on Channel 4, comes the highly anticipated 10-part anthology series based on the short stories of Philip K Dick. I designed all 5 UK episodes: The Hood Maker (first to air), Impossible Planet (24th Sept), The Commuter (1st Oct), Crazy Diamond (15th Oct), and Human Is (22nd Oct). It will be available to stream on Amazon Prime from November 2017.
Whilst building the majority of sets for the UK episodes at the old Gillette Factory site in West London, from January of 2017, we were also shooting on location far and wide around the UK. A huge team was assembled to produce all five episodes back-to-back with the challenge to make each story look and feel completely different and work with five Directors and their own exciting and ambitious visions.
This was my first foray into the genre of sci-fi fantasy – it certainly won’t be my last! It has been the most incredible experience and we’re all proud of the results and honoured to be designing the inspiring wolds of Philip K Dick.
Honor (Holliday Grainger) and Ross (Richard Madden) Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Episode 106 “The Hoodmaker”
BBC1 4-part suspense drama WHAT REMAINS begins this Sunday 25th August at 9pm. Directed by Coky Giedroyc and starring David Threlfall alongside a stellar cast, it was a gift of a job to really push Production Design for contemporary crime drama – building big sets at Ealing Studios and Wimbledon Studios, playing with high texture, colour and subverting architectural detail. Set inside a London Victorian house converted into five flats, we built everything in the studio – the staircase, loft and all five flats – shooting all four episodes in 10 weeks. I will be appearing on the BBC TV Blogrevealing more about the show’s set design. Can’t show any behind-the-design-scenes photos yet but watch out, it’s going to be big!
I had a fantastic Art Department who all deserve a mention: Art Director Keith Dunne, Set Decorator Jo Berglund, Production Buyer Caitlin Thompson, Construction Manager Russ Daly, Petty Cash Buyer Anne-Marie Minty, Graphic Artist Richard Wells, Character Buyers Dalia Gellert, Fiona Albrow, Ollie Tiong, Clare Porritt, Props Master Martyn Doust, Dressing Props Lisa Rust, Dave Tincombe, Scenic Painter Steve Simpson and Head Carpenter Julian Weaver, Standby Art DirectorEdd Cross and Standby Props Pat Dunn. Thank you all – couldn’t have done it without you.
Completed work on “Second Coming“, the first independent feature film for writer/director debbie tucker green, and our third project together. Funded by Film4 & BFI & produced by Hillbilly Films, we filmed on location in SW London and at Wimbledon Studios. Starring Idris Elba, Nadine Marshall and Sharlene Whyte, this was a fantastic contemporary drama to design. Watch out for it on the 2014 festival circuit…