Thursday, 22 April 2010

hollywood production designer jon hutman

It's funny what can happen to you on the way to work. The other week I suddenly had to pull over because I had a phone call from Los Angeles to interview production designer Jon Hutman. He's the talent behind the looks for films including Something's Gotta Give and the recently released It's Complicated. Other examples of his work include The Time Traveler's Wife, The Holiday and Quiz Show. He was cheerful and fun to talk to as well as generous with his time.

Which five words best describe you? Obssessive, anxious, enthusiastic, energetic and serious.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since? I was at Westwood Playhouse at 15 years old - and I'm still working in the theatre. I've segued from one to the other: but I'm still ushering people to their seats in a very literal way.
What’s been your best decision? Getting out of bed this morning.
What's your proudest achievement? My daughter.
What inspires you? Usually the script I'm working with and the people I'm working with, and the story we're going to tell.
What are you passionate about? My work. The truth. Taking risks.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I've always wanted to meet Francis Coppola.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? Living happily ever after.
What are you reading? City of Thieves by David Benioff.

portrait via boston globe


Anonymous said...

wow, so cool you gotta talk to him! i love his set design!
would love him to do my apartment, hehe! ;)

Paula said...

Natalie, I have just discovered your blog and wanted to say that I love it! I'm glad to have found you (via the Happy Home blog).

Eira said...

I'm so glad to have found your blog ... and just in time for this interview. Ever since I saw "Something's Gotta Give", I've dreamed of a house like Diane Keaton's Hampton's abode, especially the kitchen!

bh said...

Your blog is one of my fav reads! I always love the look of Nancy Meyer films, I think I re-watch them sometimes just to spend a bit of time in the interiors. Was great to find out who creates them!

Natalie Walton said...

Some Style - I agree. I can completely understand why Nancy Meyers uses him for so many of her films.

Welcome, Paula. Glad you enjoy the blog. And hope the craziness of my shoot over at The Happy Home didn't put you off!

Eira - I think the interiors on that film were pretty much their own character. I mean, what movie is referenced so often to interior designers?!

bh - thank you. Yes, I agree. And he was friendly and lovely - kind of like his interiors, I guess.

Fabulously French said...

What a fabulous post. I adore his interiors - lucky you getting to interview him!



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