Saturday, December 19, 2015

Production Designer Nick Bassett Creates A “Twisted Reality” For Ash Vs Evil Dead

For the new Starz series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, production designer Nick Bassett was charged with conceptualizing and executing the look of the show, shooting in New Zealand. “It is an odd world,” he stated of the series, a ‘sequel’ to the popular trilogy of Evil Dead films. “I got invited by [producer] Rob Tapert. I’d done quite a few shows with Rob before. Next, I talked to Sam [Raimi], the main creative drive on the first episode. We talked as a group together with Sam.”

With an introduction from afar, with Bassett located in New Zealand, and Raimi and Tapert at the Los Angeles headquarters of their Renaissance Pictures production company, the group first discussed the artistic ideas in broad terms, gradually getting more specific, with Bassett first reviewing all the original films. After Bassett read the pilot script, a question befell him which all production designers ponder at the outset of a new project, big or small. “How the hell are we going to do that?’” recollected Bassett, knowing he needed to invent a way to approach the show and present his vision back to Raimi and Tapert months before production. “We got an introduction, went off and did our own thing, then regrouped. It gave us time to think about it on our own. Sam has a spirit to him and style of working that’s collaborative. You get what he means without having to spell it out.”

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