Set Design: A Tribute to Early '90s Television Dramas

Set Design: A Tribute to Early '90s Television Dramas

Bethany Nauert
Nov 12, 2010

This past week I had the pleasure of working alongside Victorhouse Productions, in association with the Lost Nomads and BBC. Hired as the photographer for Production Stills, we spent the past three days on set at DC Stages in downtown Los Angeles. One of the most impressive aspects of film and television is all the styling and set design that go into each shot. I took a little tour around each stage and found myself enamored of all the details and props that create the look of complete authenticity.

I'll be the first to say it — these are not modern trendy designs or nearly "stylish" props. There were several courthouses, lawyers' offices, judges' chambers, a hospital, jail cells, interrogation rooms, dingy hotels and tacky houses. Think about all those hit television dramas in the early 90's — Night Court or NYPD Blue, Family Ties, ER, and Law and Order. It's quite impressive how lighting and wardrobe can bring everything to life. Regardless if you're styling for an Elle Decor photo shoot or for a soapy late night police drama, accessories are key!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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