Feb. 23, 2023

Designing a Movie Set with Madie Hays

Designing a Movie Set with Madie Hays

Have you ever wondered how a set is designed for your favorite show? 

In this episode, I sit down with Madie Hays, who designs sets for tv, film, and theater productions.

Madie Hays is an LA-based Art Director, Scenic & Production Designer currently working mostly in TV and film. You can find her set designs on Apple TV +, HBO Max, and Netflix.

We get into a multitude of topics including:

  • how a set is built
  • Madie’s experiences working on shows
  •  what to look for in a set as a viewer
  •  sustainability and diversity in the industry
  • tips for for anyone interested in set design and the film/tv industry
  • recommended shows for viewing beautifully created sets

Chapter Markers

05:15 |  How is a TV, Film, or Theater Set Built?

18:41 | Madie's Story in Set Design

24:21 | Examples of Madie's Projects

28:18 | Tips for Anyone Interested in Being a Set Designer

31:18 | What You Can Look for in a Set

33:10 | Researching for Period Pieces

35:17 | What Happens to a Set After a Show?

35:58 | Sustainability and Diversity

38:29 | Madie's Recs for Beautiful Sets




Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Music: Pasemos el Rato by Autohacker

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