ABOUT JANESSA HITSMAN

I find beauty and joy in pushing the boundaries of a films world.  Creating, imagining, world building.  Whether it's fastidious research for a period piece, or dreaming up furniture for the future, I love fleshing out the details of cinematic worlds.

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VARIETY - OSCARS PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

January 7, 2021

And the Predicted Nominees Are: 
1. Mank
2. Personal History of David Copperfield
3. One Night in Miami
4. News of the World
5. Midnight Sky

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FILMMAKER MAGAZINE - WONDER WOMEN: BELOW THE LINE AT THE 2020 SCAD SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL

November 3, 2020

While laudable causes to achieve gender parity in the film industry have been all the rage for a number of years (remember the mad rush of fests signing on to – and then publicizing their signing on to – the 5050×2020 pledge?), too often the result seems to be simply seating a woman in the director’s chair and forgetting about the rest of the table.

GOLDEN DERBY - 2021 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  

November 10, 2020

As is the case with most below-the-line Oscar categories, bigger equals better when it comes to Best Production Design. The more lavish the sets, the more accurate the period detail, the more extravagant the designs, the more likely your film will win an Academy Award.

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AWFJ - SPOTLIGHT NOVEMBER 2020: REGINA KING, ACTRESS, ACTIVIST, MOVIEMAKER

October 31, 2020

Regina King is on fire. There’s no denying it. Though her acting career started in 1985, when she was only 14, she’s been scooping up awards left and right in the last few years, winning a Primetime Emmy in both 2016 and 2017 for her role in American Crime, and another in 2018 for Seven Seconds.

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SETDECOR - JANESSA HITSMAN SDSA

March 12, 2020

Spotlight on Janessa Hitsman, Set Decorator

HOW 'PROJECT BLUE BOOK' PRODUCTION DESIGNERS EVOKED THE GOLDEN AGE OF UFOS

January 16, 2020

To transport “Project Blue Book” viewers into the top-secret world of the U.S. government’s Cold War-era U.F.O. investigations, production designer Ross Dempster and his team were tasked with conjuring a moment in time—from scratch.

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