Inside The Screen: The Fairytale Set Production Of Pushing Daisies
A Fairytale With a Twist… Come and Find How Pushing Daisies Was Made To Be!
Pushing Daisies. A bit on the morbid side, but oh well, some of the best things in life are. Like today’s Inside The Screen, we’re going a bit on the dark side of thing with such a delicate storyline and charming taste in set production, we can’t help but feel sorry how things turned out…
Pushing Daisies. Such an adorable name for such a morbidly loving story. If you recognize the name, good. We wanted to bring this one from the dead – oops! – and for you to get the loving taste we had when we first lend our eye to it. From the first episode, you can’t help but fall in love – with the characters, the actors, the setting… everything. The best part: you have it all. From drama, comedy, mystery and love, this is the memory lane you should put your eyes on this weekend!
When we talk about pushing daisies, we always remember how Ned was so smitten and looked so adorable in the show. Also, we remember how The Pie Hole looked so cared for and how Ned cooked with so much love. As cooking goes, the Pie Maker is such a pleasing touch to the eyes you can’t be convinced not to eat pie while you watch it. Trapped in a fairy tale and a comic book, all of these characters are so loving and the show so filled with colour you need to have a check.
Nominated for 12 Emmys in 2008, it won 3 of those in Directing, Music Composition and Picture Editing. From the creator of Dead Like Me, Heroes and Star Trek Voyager, Brian Fuller put his whole heart into this hit TV Show. Pushing Daisies is a combo of a feature film aesthetic to television, which makes the effects and the cinematography and the style of the show are dictated by Barry’s experience as a cinematographer.
The production designer Michael Wylie describes the Pushing Daisies set as a “storybook come to life. I wanted everything to look almost like an illustrated.” To achieve that he concentrated on “conflicting patterns, in different colours, particularly reds and oranges…virtually no blues.”
The magical look of the fairy tale series comes from the less CG and much of the beautiful backgrounds are matte paintings, often inspired by other painters. Ther perfect blue skies with perfect, puffy little clouds feel like the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The city outside the sets looks like it might have been designed by Edward Hopper.
So, when the famous scenes where Charlotte is covered in bees, the team knew it was going to be rough. They CG was going to cut it but as the order demands, they began by learning everything they could about bees, how they look and how they fly.
In another way, the set decor was absolutely stunning in its own way. The set decorator, Halina Siwolop filled the rooms with the coolest stuff. Although a nightmare at times, it was definitely worth it! Proof of that it the house of Aunts Lily and Vivian.
Challenging, adorable and quirky all on its own. One of the best shows if you are looking for the some needed mid-century modern inspiration to get your place as adoringly morbid as this show! Enjoy! And let us know what you thought!
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