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Designer reveals set for Sundays Oscars

on Tuesday,February 17,2009 22:02

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With less than a week left before the 81st Academy Awards are handed out, the man responsible for designing the set is talking about his project.

David Rockwell is the first architect to be asked to work on the sets for the Kodak Theatre, which he had also designed. Envisioning a fresh approach to the ceremony, he created an interior that is suitable for an elegant party rather than a formal gathering, and the audiences will be able to enjoy a visual narrative unfolding through twelve different sets throughout the night.

"We created a spatial and architectural solution for the 2009 Oscars that is based on storytelling, spectacle, and community," says Rockwell, founder and CEO of Rockwell Group.

He adds, "We wanted to use a surprising and dramatic integration of technology and movement to celebrate the awards ceremony, which has become one of the greatest shared rituals of our time."

Among the few details of the interior decorations - most of which will be kept secret until the day of the ceremony - the designer revealed that the set will feature a curtain studded with approximately 100,000 Swarovski crystals.

In addition to that, the organizers have done away with one big flat screen to show movie clips and montages, opting instead for five LED screens that will transform and reconfigure as well as 20 other still LED screens.

The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on February 22, and will air at 8:00pm EST on ABC.
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