A frequent collaborator of directors Todd Haynes and David O.
Russell, production designer Judy Becker
is back this year with new films from both filmmakers, Caroland Joy. Oddly enough, both are New York
period pieces named after their central characters. And they’re both squarely
inthe awards conversation this year….
Carolactually was shot in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a decision partly
driven by state tax incentives. A native New Yorker who had only been to
Cincinnati once during her college years, Becker was surprised by the way the
city could masquerade as another. And though the illusion is pulled off to
great effect, it wasn’t without its challenges. "Even when you go to a place
like Cincinnati, there’s always modern stuff. So that’s the constant search—for
exteriors that can be transformed into the past without costing way beyond what
our budget allows,” she says.
Still, Becker was quite pleased with the results: "I
actually fully believe that we found a better 1952 New York in Cincinnati than
we would’ve found in New York.”