ADG Perspective

July-August 2021

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8 P E R S P E C T I V E | J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 C O N T R I B U T O R S G A R Y K O R D A N with over 25 years of experience as a Production Designer, has strengthened many scripted and variety series through his distinct creative vision. In addition to the entire 54-episode run of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Key & Peele, some of Gary's Production Design credits include Kenan, Weird City, Crank Yankers, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, @midnight, Workaholics, Just Add Magic and pilots for Ghosted, Downward Dog and The Barbarian and the Troll. Gary studied fine arts and illustration at School of Visual Arts and during his junior year, landed full time job at The Joan Rivers Show. It was there, and because of Joan's encouragement, Gary began his career in the Art Department. K A R E N T E N E Y C K is originally from the East Coast where she received a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. After graduation, she worked as a Graphic Designer and Art Director at several Philadelphia firms before going to study theatrical Production Design at the Yale School of Drama. After moving to New York in 1992, she designed over 65 sets for many of the nation's top regional theatres and opera companies, including Manhattan Theatre Club, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Center Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and South Coast Rep. However, it was her work with Los Angeles Opera that convinced her to move to LA in 2000. Since then, she has designed graphics for more than 50 movies, including Water for Elephants, The Aviator, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Ad Astra, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Disney's upcoming Pinocchio, directed by Robert Zemeckis. S A R A K W H I T E is a Production Designer for feature films, television, music videos and commercials. Growing up with a paper route in southern Ohio, Sara spent her childhood making up stories about the homes she passed, often drawing spaces and furniture to accompany her narratives. She nurtured those passions in college, focusing on interior design and poetry—each discipline crystalizing emotion into form. During her time there she helped found The Short Vine Literature & Art Magazine, and graduated with honors in interior design. Degrees in hand, Sara headed to New York City. She started at Studios Architecture where she developed designs for clients such as Grey Advertising, the Oxford University Press, and Bloomberg L.P., and was active in the creative writing and poetry community. But those worlds didn't merge until a filmmaker friend asked her to create a 1950s mermaid lair for a music video, hooking her on the magic of Production Design. She was privileged to serve as Art Director in Residence at the Sundance Directors Lab for several years before embarking on her career as a Production Designer. There she honed her ability to work with storytellers, designing spaces to enchant an audience or play in their subconscious. When not working around the world, Sara lives in the Big Apple with her partner.

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