Eve Stewart

Eve Stewart

AS: How would you say it’s different working in England versus Italy or Spain.
ES: I would say the British are like the Germans. They’re very ordered and meticulous about time keeping and just have a general Protestant work ethic. A different approach. But then on the flipside some of the jobs I’ve done in Italy have had some of the most beautiful painting I’ve ever seen.

AS: Are you able to bring your crew with you to places like Italy and Spain?
ES: I’ll bring the same core crew. But I’ve been very lucky for the past five years I’ve been working in and around London. My children are doing their final exams before they’re grown up and I wanted to be around.

AS: When you were in school yourself were you planning on being a production designer on movies?
ES: No. I wanted to design operas! But there aren’t many operas.

AS: And have you designed many operas?
ES: I’ve designed a lot of plays but nobody has ever asked me to do an opera!

AS: Dante Ferretti mentioned he’s designed quite a few.
ES: Well, he’s Italian -they do more in Italy!

AS: Would you recommend people go to art school?
ES: If they can afford it, yes, for sure. And if they can’t afford it still practice drawing. If you’re sitting in a meeting and there are twelve people sitting around looking at you and you’re all talking about a chair, unless you can draw that chair that you think is right, they’ll all be thinking of something different. You’ve got to be very clear and communicate very well.

AS: What is your relationship like working with the DP?
ES: I’m really good at being friendly with everyone. You have to be. Being able to draw and make visuals look beautiful and be able to get your message across quickly has also been an enormous help with DoPs.

AS: Are you on set during shooting?
ES: I’m always on the set at the beginning of each new set to make sure it’s all okay and has no teething problems and then I have to move onto the next one because they’ll be eating up that scenery and then they’ll be behind me. It’s like having a supertanker up your arse! You have to really keep going.

AS: What would you say that you most like about production design?
ES: Probably the initial working-out period. The drawing and the research I really love.

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About the Interviewer

Tom Lisowski is a production designer who has designed swamp mazes shot in China, crumbling cliffs in Utah, future arenas in South Central, dilapidated tenements and twisted laboratories under luxurious mansions... William Anthony is a Los Angeles-based commercial and editorial photographer specializing in portraiture, lifestyle and documentary imagery... Guest photographer Nelson Cragg is an award-winning cinematographer who shoots and directs television, feature films, and commercial projects. Contact ArtStars: tom@artstars.us