Case Study Series
Creating the Look: The Man in the High Castle and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
VIFF Year Round Creator Talks | Vancity Theatre Event
In celebration of Creative Industries Week, VIFF is thrilled to use this insightful double bill to shine twin spotlights on talented BC craftspeople behind two locally shot series: The Man in the High Castle and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Set Decorators Jonathan Lancaster (an Emmy nominee) and Lisa Lancaster will share their expertise on enriching the visual aesthetics and designing the provocative décor for Amazon’s critically acclaimed series, The Man in the High Castle. Then, as we trade dystopian America for more supernatural realms, award-winning Canadian Production Designer Lieselotte Soper and Special Makeup Effects Supervisor Werner Pretorius will take us behind-the-scenes on how they created the stylized neo-gothic horror elements of the cult hit Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
6:00pm – 7:00pm: The Man in the High Castle
Guests: Jonathan Lancaster and Lisa Lancaster, Set Decorators.
Moderated by Tony Devenyi, Production Designer, Virgin River.
Jonathan Lancaster, Set Decorator
Jonathan Lancaster’s work as a set decorator on the Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle has earned him acclaim and a Primetime Emmy nomination. For the past four years, he and his wife Lisa have been co-decorating the small screen adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel which is now finishing production of its fourth and final season.
Jonathan has also been nominated for two Daytime Emmys for The Haunting Hour and received three nominations for the Art Directors Guild Award, winning once in 2013 for his work on Battlestar Galactica – Blood & Chrome.
Enjoying all aspects of film, Jonathan has worked as a set decorator on a wide range of projects over the past 20 years. He has decorated contemporary narratives and period pieces in an assortment of genres, including comedy, horror, action and, his favourite, science fiction. He has also worked on commercials and television series including X-Files, Commish and Poltergeist to name but a few. Jonathan’s first decorating credits were in 2000 for two episodes of the Fox series Dark Angel. In 2003, Jonathan landed his first department head position while set decorating the critically acclaimed series Battlestar Galactica.
Lisa Lancaster, Set Decorator
For the past four years, Lisa has worked as the set decorator on Amazon Prime’s Emmy-nominated series The Man in the High Castle. Nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for Season 3, Lisa decorates this ambitious series in collaboration with her husband, Jonathan. Having worked on a variety of productions in many genres – including children’s entertainment, comedy, action, drama, fantasy, and everything from historically accurate period shows to contemporary stories – her creative process pays particular attention to aiding character development and story progression through dressing choices.
Prior to her career in the film industry, Lisa worked for 25 years in design and project coordination on commercial projects, general contracting and design builds. It was a natural step into the world of film, where she has been ever since.
7:15pm – 8:15pm: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Guests: Lieselotte Soper, Production Designer and Werner Pretorius, Special Makeup Effects Supervisor.
Moderated by Sabrina Furminger, Editor-in-chief, YVR Screen Scene.
Lieselotte Soper, Production Designer
Lieselotte Soper is an award-winning Canadian production designer currently working on the locally shot Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a supernatural horror series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for Netflix and produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics. As a designer, Lisa conceives of and creates artistically inspired spaces to encapsulate the stories being told. This means creating spaces that are realistic within the scope of the tale, which accentuate the mood of the scenes and emotionally connect with viewers. Her work gives meaning to the performances of the actors and ensures that the characters and situations are not only convincing but also moving.
With over 33 production credits to her name, Lisa is internationally recognized for work that has created unique worlds for such films and series as Paranoid, Awakening the Zodiak and House at the End of the Street, to name but a few. From recreating the war of 1812 to transporting a 1950s bunker a century into the future, she brings a unique, hands-on approach to immersive design.
Werner Pretorius, Special Makeup Effects Supervisor
8:15pm – 9:30pm: Reception
Tickets $15; $13 for students/seniors