How City Streets Are Transformed To Look Old In Movies

Sunday | 2022 04 17 | Making of - Movies

Go behind the scenes to find out how period movies turn back the clock on city streets.

Rena DeAngelo is the Oscar-nominated set decorator behind this year’s “West Side Story” and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” both set in the ’50s-to-’60s time period. In this episode of “Movies Insider,” she breaks down how she’d transform a contemporary New York City street to look like a 1957 time capsule.

Rena takes us through Eclectic/Encore Props in Long Island City, Queens, and shows us the period products and street dressing she would use to rewind time on a modern city. Find out how set decorators dress windows, create fake storefronts, and cover up modern signifiers to make filming locations resemble an era of the past.

Rena has worked on a long list of period pieces, from “Mad Men” to “The Help.” She is a frequent collaborator of Steven Spielberg’s, having worked on three of the director’s historical dramas: “West Side Story,” “Bridge of Spies,” and “The Post.”


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