When "Parenthood" returns on Sept. 11 for its fourth season, Ray Romano joins the cast as Hank Rizzoli, a curmudgeonly photographer who hires Sarah (Lauren Graham) as his assistant.
When it came to designing a photography studio for Rizzoli, production designer Steven Jordan chose to transform an empty firehouse set on the Universal lot into a relaxed but elegant space complete with a darkroom, framing area and an alcove for hanging backdrops.
“I wanted to create a space that was a little clunky,” said Jordan. “I deliberately stayed away from hip lofts.”
Jordan added several columns to the set to break up the cavernous space and in a technical move, installed stained glass over giant wood doors to temper the light. The two doors hint at street life outside and in a whimsical move, Jordan kept the white lines of a basketball court from the previous set. “It adds another dimension to the space,” he said.
Finding old camera gear for the studio was a challenge for set decorators Claudette Didul and Peggy Casey. The pair, who share a background in photography, searched Craigslist and consulted with Samy's Camera and Calumet Camera for film stock, cameras, paper and darkroom items. Old school photography buffs will enjoy scouring the set for such items as negative cutters, dryers, a photography sink and large format cameras.