Have you seen the new ABC TV show Once Upon a Time? I missed the first episode, but watched the second one this week. It’s kind of a cool concept – the premise is along the lines of fairy tale characters being banished from fairy tale land and plopped into the town of Storybrooke, Maine where they have no idea that they’re fairy tale characters and live regular non-fairy tale lives. Ginnifer Goodwin plays Snow White/Mary Margaret and Jennifer Morrison plays Emma Swan, a bondswoman who’s Snow White’s daughter (but neither of them know it). Don’t ask me to explain more than that, I’m still trying to figure things out!
The mayor of Storybrooke really isn’t a very nice lady – but that’s not surprising, seeing as in fairy tale land she’s the Evil Queen. But she has a really cool office…
Well, really, it’s an office and a conference room and a living room, all rolled up into one! The series is shot in Vancouver and the interior shots are done at Bridge Studios in Burnaby. Mark Lane is the set director who created this elaborate space, which was designed in black & white because he and production designer Michael Joy thought it fit well with the mayor/Evil Queen. It could also represent good an evil – every fairy tale has to have a hero and a villain.
Set designer Mark Lane – I want his job!
Love the turned lamps flanking the fireplace, and love the tree wallpaper. It makes the room look like an enchanted forest.
I’m pretty sure the wallpaper is this one from Seabrook:
The black marble columns are actually faux-painted Styrofoam, and the marble & granite floor is faux-painted plywood. But not everything on the set is faux – the satin sofa must be made from real silver, because it cost $18,000! And the black leather chairs are the real thing too.
Every little detail is carefully thought out and designed because with HD, the viewer sees everything. But open the sexy upholstered door in the mayor’s office, and it’s all just an illusion…
Not sure if this will help you understand the premise of the show or confuse you more, but here are Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison giving their explanation…
If you want to check out the show and the mayor’s office, Once Upon a Time airs on ABC Sundays at 8:00PM.
Source & images – The Vancouver Sun