RECAP: The Art of Tone and Staging a Home: Workshop with Set Decorator Nya Patrinos

A FREE Filmmaker’s Workshop presented by SIFTMedia 215 Collective and Independence Public Media Foundation.

Held: Sunday, March 6, 2022 | Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm |Virtual (Zoom)

Below is only a short excerpt of this workshop. The full version will soon be available on our Vimeo Channel.

Set decorator Nya Patrinos, is the sister of SIFT’s Executive Committee Member, Lois Moses. Lois asked Nya if she’d come speak at our filmmaker’s series, as we aim to explore other positions, beyond writer/director/producer to which SIFTERS and others interested in the entertainment industry can think about for career opportunities.

Nya’s work can be seen on popular series such as: The Morning Show, Transparent, Dear White People and most recently Pam & Tommy. She discussed the pivotal role that the production design and art department play in film and television and more.   
However, it’s not as glamourous a job as we all may have assumed. Nya works a lot of long hours. Much of it grunt work and organization. It’s not easy to get established, budgets can be very tight. TV series sets run at a break neck speed… Your creative vision and abilities are important when it comes to set decoration, but having stamina and patience turns out to be the key skills required.

A Set Decorator visually interprets the personality of a film or television show from script to screen through set decor. Set Decorators carefully decipher the psychology and taste of the characters which allow them to select, procure, fabricate, layer, mix, and match furniture, curtains, carpets, artwork, wallpaper, and other items that may denote character and/or plot while they also factor in the schedule and other practical considerations like stunts and visual effects. – Art Departmental

  • How she decided upon this as a career. Background and training.
  • What is it like working in Hollywood within a Union structure?
  • What are the key skills you need to become a Set Decorator?
  • How to set tone and mood with production design.
  • What is the difference between Production Design, Art Direction and Set Decoration? And how these teams work together.
  • How to collaborate with the art department, lighting, wardrobe. 
  • How to create a budget for set decoration.
  • Preferred tools from the filmmaker to execute her vision: script, storyboard, treatment, lookbook, production bible or just meetings. 

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Nya Patrinos headshotAbout Nya Patrinos: she has worked as a Set Decorator in Film and Television since 1996. She was awarded a MFA in Set Design from UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse, a BA in Design of the Environment from University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Illustration from Otis College of Art and Design. Nya received an Emmy nomination in Art Direction/Set Decoration for her Set Decoration on “Transparent” and a Dramalogue Award in Set Design for the play “Flyin’ West.” Ms. Patrinos has taught design at UCSD, Columbia College, LMU and FIDM. She loves drawing, yoga and being in nature.   Website:  | IMDB:

About SIFTMedia 215 Collective, : The SIFTMedia 215 Collective is a cooperative that centers Black and Latinx women-identified independent media artists who work in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. As filmmakers, we seek to educate ourselves and the wider community by creating socially conscious, culturally relevant work that challenges mainstream narratives and structures. Our mission is to use our collective strength to amplify the work of and create meaningful opportunities for Black and Latinx Women content creators by providing a community of support to share resources, skills, and creative space.

About IPMF, : IPMF seeks to build power with communities across Greater Philadelphia by investing in community-owned media and community-led media-making. We support work that amplifies voices, ideas, and solutions rarely heard in mainstream media.

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