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We needed a sewer set for an episode of Workaholics last season because we couldn't (wouldn't) shoot in a real one. To make matters messier, the set had to flood on camera! Easier said (written) than done. A ton of conversations took place about what the sewer water will consist of. We couldn't use anything illegal to drain in Los Angeles County, nor could we use anything that could harm the actors. So, other than the real thing, the only option is brown tinted water, oatmeal and other food items. Yes, chocolate muffins work great. Here are some sketches, renderings and pictures from the day of the shoot. This was a killer team effort by the Workaholics art department and to this day people think we shot in an actual sewer. Enjoy your lunch. Season 3 of Workaholics premieres on Comedy Central May 2012

On last nights episode of Workaholics the art department did what we do best...make the guys house look like a massive party disaster. Here are some detail shots of set dressing you may have missed during the epic steadicam opening shot. You know it's a fun set up when a lot of the art department rush to video village and shoot the rehearsals.  

On last night's Workaholics we witnessed the kidnapping and death of our beloved dragon. As with everything in the art department nothing is easy, including how the dragon came into our lives. The writers needed to decide what they wanted, the guys needed to approve sketches and the network had to give us the money to make it. We couldn't rent or buy a dragon. Legally we couldn't cut the head off of anything that had a copyright (i.e. Barney) nor could we afford to pay a massive loss & damage fee after we destroyed a rental. The dragon had to be designed and made from scratch. A one shot deal that could be carried around, look heavy, friendly enough for kids but bad-ass enough that the guys would want to steal it. It also had to be made of a material that a chainsaw could easily cut through. Finally, we could

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If you're a fan of Workaholics you'll notice that the sets are filled with details. Our Director Kyle Newacheck (Karl) and the guys really encourage us to go for it with the little things in the background, most of which you will never see on camera. These small pieces of set dressing are important to create a vibe both on set, on camera and for those of you that notice. The process is a little bit of a nightmare. We need permission to use any art or logos and need to use dressing that doesn't have copyright restrictions that will get us (me) sued. Here are some close ups of areas in the house that the art department made look perfectly messy. Let me know if there are any other areas you're curious about and I'll post them here! I may have to read the Ferrets For Dummies book...  

In 2010 I Production Designed 17 shows. 17! I didn't want to, but in this business if the project feels right and it works with your schedule and you're feeling masochistic you say 'yes'. You say yes, take the job and hope the pilot will go well and in a few months you'll get a call that the network loved it and they want to go into production. Then you hope that you are available and they actually ask you to do it. There are so many variables to not get the job, the main one being that the network passed. Last year there was a lot of passing. Some green-lights but mostly passing. The budget is too small, the comedy didn't play well, the new guy at the network didn't like it, everyone loved it but they decided to pick up the other show just like it or even worse no


I think I let this site go unloved for far too long. I have a new website launching this month and I will be back on this blog daily. In the meantime here are a few production stills from some of my recent projects. OK, enough for now. Right?

Earlier this year I art directed Top Chef Masters, a Top Chef spinoff for Bravo. It was intense, last minute madness and seven days a week. So, if you know me at all you'll be able to see my influence in a lot of the design this season. (black was prominent) Julie, Josh, Shane, Angela and I really raised the bar on what they were doing over there. As a matter of fact some people actually said we raised the bar, and when a producer says that to you it means they are never calling you again. I think. I never really knew that until my director friend Danny Boyle told me over dinner. "Raising the bar", he said "on a show that wants to save money means you spent too much of it". I am paraphrasing.  The art department actually saved them a ton of money. Check out these lighting fixtures we came up with

Everyone seems to love my before and after sketches. These sketches are good examples of some last minute needs that come up in production and why you need a strong art department to pull it off. I have a killer group of people I work with all the time to make sure there are never headaches for producers in the art department. We just get it done, fast. We keep it within the budget and always raise the bar. The sketches below are drawn up last minute, sometimes we have weeks to prep and design sets, but last minute is the rule most of the time. These are last minute. 2009 so far has been a strange year. We have been working a lot but the game has changed a bit. This downturn in the economy has seen network after network outsource their shows to third party producers. To save some cash they

What is this again? Dirty Close-Up what? Let me explain. My first encounter with the people that work behind the scenes in the entertainment business was almost twenty years ago, and to this day I still think that their stories and experiences are usually more interesting than the PR spin that any actor would reveal. On most shoots I hear the most insane stories about Hollywood in the location scout van, or at the craft service table and I always wanted to give these below the line types a place to share a few. The Dirty Close-Up interview is just that. I am starting them as written interviews and will be posting video interviews soon, both give a behind the scenes look at the personalities and quirky individuality that make up a call sheet on any film or television shoot. Oh yeah, in film slang a “dirty close-up” is a close

When the art department had to do a parody set of 'Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader' I was tempted to call my friend Barry Poznick, who created and Executive Produces the show, to get a tour of the stage and steal some ideas. Instead I chose to just watch the show and do the sketch below. Again, we (Bianca, Josh and Shane) pulled this one together in a day and had to set it up and strike it in front of the studio audience while Robert Morton looked at his watch.