Production

How ‘Hollywood’s’ Production Team Reimagined 1940s Los Angeles for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series

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As you might expect, Netflix’s new “Hollywood,” which debuts on the streamer May 1, didn’t have to travel far for production. However, the eight-episode series, from Ryan Murphy and his “Glee” collaborator Ian Brennan, doesn’t take place in contemporary Hollywood but rather in Los Angeles, just after World War II.

Production designer Matthew Flood Ferguson captures the 1940s beautifully. Not only did filming take place at many Los Angeles landmarks, but Ferguson also re-created long-gone institutions like Schwab’s Pharmacy.

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How ‘The Invisible Man’ Production Designer Created the Invisibility Suit

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One of the first conversations production designer Alex Holmes had with “The Invisible Man” director Leigh Whannell was about grounding the film in reality and treating it like a psychological thriller, rather than a horror or science-fiction movie.

“I felt that any horror and gothic genre tropes didn’t feel right. The audience had to believe in the technology for it to land,” Holmes explains.

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