Jesse Nemeth's 'Normal Heart' Set for EW
Jesse Nemeth designed the sets for Entertainment Weekly's recent photo shoot featuring the cast of HBO's "The Normal Heart."
Because the film is an adaptation of a 1980s play, the concept "was a 'behind-the-scenes' look that utilized backstage elements, like lights, grip stands, and ladders," he explained. His first step was sketching the footprints of the sets. "I then sourced all of the lighting and grip equipment needed – practical and prop. The backdrops were either rented or custom-painted."
To create the sort of backstage-theater atmosphere, "I had a stage floor fabricated and also pulled some brick-wall flats from my own stock." He booked a crew and coordinated the installation at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. "I actually enjoy the production side of my projects as much as the creative," Nemeth noted.
He's worked with the magazine on many occasions, and "Cliff Watts is the latest photographer I have had the pleasure to partner with through EW," Nemeth mentioned. "He always has a clear vision of what he wants, yet he leaves the execution open to interpretation, and that fosters an attitude of collaboration among all of the stylists. It allows us to put out the best imagery possible."