Do you guys have favorite tv and film references about scenic artists? For example the episode Modern Family where Luke paints the set for the school play and his family keeps blowing it off as unimportant. Or that 3 seconds when Daya Diaz on Orange is the New Black wistfully ponders aloud if painting for movies could just be a real job.
I’m sure there are hundreds of fun momentary scenic art references out there. What is your favorite?
It may not be a favorite, but it was the first one that popped into my mind.
Newsies- the Disney movie of the recent revival of the Broadway play.
The main character has a side gig as a Scenic- AND THEY PAY HIM FOR IT!
In the second act they show him actually working on a painting. I love and hate the scene for all the things wrong. (Biggest was the ultramarine blue he was using didn’t come on to the scene for another 10 years- cause I’m a nerd and I new that)
In Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park, a professional scene painter is part of the well-intentioned but totally misguided modification of the family home for an amateur theatrical while the patriarch is out of town.