THE WITCH - Directed by: Robert Eggers

Design Development

Set in 1630, the design of The Witch was constructed to transport audiences back to the primitive and isolated world of the New England wilderness of the 1600s. This is where our family is intent on building a farm and a new life. The hardships and terror of this world escalate as the family's valiant attempts to survive turn to fear and paranoia of an evil lurking in the woods all around them.

The sets were built with as many of the materials and techniques from the period as possible. The look of hand hewn beams and hand rived (split) clapboards; of wattle and daub (mud) walls, dirt floors and thatched roofs were all created to give an authentic sense of time and place. The remote setting and primitive living conditions are meant to elicit the emotions, tensions and fear of living at the edge of the world in the 17th century. 


Lullaby for Pi - Directed by: Benoît Philippon


Lullaby for Pi was shot on location and in the studio. I often prefer to build sets into existing locations; utilizing whatever architecture I can and exploiting the real connection to the outside world. Here are some examples of sets that were built into locations or locations that were significantly augmented for the film.