Designing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (with Barbara Ling)

Barbara Ling

Barbara Ling, production designer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, discusses how she was able to turn back time and recreate 1960’s Hollywood.

Barbara and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss how Quentin Tarantino kept the film’s script a secret, how she restored Hollywood to the 1960’s, not using green screen, sourcing vintage props from eBay, filming the real Playboy Mansion, the challenges of filming on Hollywood Boulevard, and much more.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How Barbara got involved in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • How Quentin Tarantino kept the film’s script a secret
  • Recreating Hollywood in the 1960s
  • The lengthy process of shutting down parts of Hollywood Boulevard
  • Why Quentin Tarantino did not want to use green screen or background plates for sets
  • How they managed to block off highways to film
  • Why it was so challenging to recreate a 1960s Taco Bell
  • Why eBay was an amazing resource for creating the film
  • Creating the Nazi Germany sets
  • Barbara’s most challenging set in the film
  • Barbara’s process creating sets that represent the characters
  • Filming the real Playboy Mansion
  • How to become a production designer
  • What Barbara brings with her on every project
  • And more!

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