SET DESIGN //
Receiving an email from NBC Universal at Rockefeller Place in New York is always a welcome one. I oddly ignored it as spam for a day or two. Upon re-reading it and seeing it was actually the real deal I was thrilled. I have, since time began for me, wondered why we are here and what reality actually is... At times in the past, the normal world was almost peripheral to my journey of self-discovery. From early childhood, my father had inducted me into Science Fiction movies. I became hooked.
"2001 A Space Odyssey" was a landmark cinematic moment for me.
2001 was a collaboration with Stanley Kubrik and Arthur C. Clarke who was a hero in my teenage eyes. This continues to be the case to the present day. NBC approached me to capture the cast portraits for the mini-series "Childhood's End" a screen adaption of the book written by Arthur C. Clarke. I put every resource I had into it being a legacy shoot. To my surprise I was asked to also design the set for the portraits.
I decided to go with a design paying homage to the monoliths that feature so heavily in 2001. The cornice pieces representing the elegant room that character "Dr Dave Bowman" finds himself in. This felt a fitting approach to join the Arthur C. Clarke legacy into this new mini-series adaptation of another of his books.