Have any of you been awed by the sight of the throne room in the television series Game of Thrones? Or what about the dark, chilling, claustrophobia-causing spaces in the Alien movie franchise? Every movie or TV show has a different feel, and it is up to the set designers to contribute to this. But set designers aren’t picked up from the streets. They have to be masters of their craft. A lot of them have backgrounds rooted in architecture and interior design.
Designers can change an empty sound stage into the most futuristic bridge of a space ship that people have ever seen. They can transform an ordinary garden into the court of royalty. With simply the addition of certain colors, an ordinary apartment can be turned into the den of a serial killer.
Let’s take a look at the ultra-popular TV sitcoms Friends and Seinfeld. Ever notice how homey the interiors of their places looked? For Friends, Monica’s apartment seemed warm even in the coldest nights. Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment was simple and relatable enough for every struggling viewer.
On a much larger scale, the sets of the The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter truly captured the essence of another world inhabited by creatures people only dreamed of.
A huge part of why we believe all of this is the set design, and the space in which all the characters inhabit.