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Linda DeScenna

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Occupation  Set decorator
Years active  1979–2008

Name  Linda DeScenna
Role  Set decorator
Born  November 14, 1949 (age 66) (1949-11-14) Warren, Ohio
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Production Design
Production designed  Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty
Set decorated  Blade Runner, Rain Man, The Color Purple, Toys
Similar People  Lawrence G Paull, J Michael Riva, David Snyder, Don Zimmerman, Bo Welch

Linda DeScenna (born November 14, 1949) is an American set decorator. She has been nominated for five Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction.

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Career

When hired to work on the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, one of DeScenna's tasks was to redesign the chairs seen on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. She later credited Mike Huntoon with ensuring that her designs for the film were carried out.

During the production of the 1982 film Blade Runner, DeScenna and her team were tasked with the creation of numerous props ranging from magazine covers, to store signs in order to flesh out the vision of director Ridley Scott.

When she was recruited for the Robin Williams film Patch Adams in 1998, DeScenna was required to build one of the three main shooting locations from scratch. She oversaw the construction of a 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) hospital set on Treasure Island near San Francisco. She worked on Galaxy Quest, which was released the following year. For 2007's Evan Almighty, she worked alongside others on the Ark. She built the bottom level of the Ark from steel-reinforced wood, and the bow from styrofoam.

Awards

DeScenna's set design work has been nominated for five Academy Awards as part of the Best Art Direction. Her first was for Star Trek: The Motion Picture alongside Harold Michelson, Joe Jennings, Leon Harris and John Vallone. On that occasion, the award went to the film All That Jazz. She was nominated alongside Lawrence G. Paull and David Snyder for their work on Blade Runner at the 55th Academy Awards, but lost to the team who worked on Gandhi. She was nominated once more at the 58th Academy Awards for set design on The Color Purple, and twice more for Rain Man and Toys respectively.

References

Linda DeScenna Wikipedia


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