PRODUCTION BLOG







MR. MONK GOES TO A ROCK CONCERT


by Chuck Parker, Production Designer

Woodstock, Ozzfest, Heritage Jazz and Blues Fest, Wango Tango, US Festival and Bonnaroo.

These are all music festivals I have either been to, heard about, or seen film footage of. And these were all environments that would be perfect and fun to re-create for Monk's discomfort.

First, we had to come up with an overpowering stage and our vendor, SHOWRIG, was able to deliver to our specifications in three days time. Eighty feet across, 40 feet deep and 30 feet tall.

We also needed to design and manufacture the necessary backdrops for the stage (one rear backing measuring 30' x 40', and two side backings flanking the stage that measured 30' x 20'). Thanks to our Art Director Bill Brownell, these were completed in four days. And thanks to our rigging gaffer, Arnaud Peiny, it was executed safely and on time.

The big hurdle was to create the "circus-like" atmosphere that exists at these festivals, usually involving craft, food and product vendors. We were able to fill these "mini-environments" with believable set dressing and props due to the creative ingenuity and tenacity of our set decorator, Suzette Sheets, and propmaster, Rich Hobaica.

We needed to provide pay phones, a porta-potty that we could cut the back off of so we could shoot a scene in it, musical instruments and amplifiers and speakers on the stage for background authenticity, an acupuncture tent with benches, and a first aid tent full of supplies, just to list a few.

It is necessary for us to provide as many of these details as possible if we expect the audience to suspend disbelief. If it looks real, then the audience will think it is real ... at least for an hour.

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