The film’s production designer BARBIE says they used so much pink paint on set that it caused an international shortage

Greta Gervig’S Barbie the film is directed this summer and the trailers and photos have promised a total Barbie experience. From the costumes to the sets, the pink paradise that is the earth and Barbie’s dream home is a fantasy come true for fans of the brand. It’s amazing to see the classic props and outfits come to life after playing with them as a kid.

It was a great feat for the film’s production designer, Sarah Greenwoodand set decorator, Kate Spencer, to make everything a reality. The couple explained to Architectural Digest that they’ve never owned a Barbie before, so they ordered a Dreamhouse on Amazon to study.

“The scale was kind of weird,” Spencer recalls, explaining how they scaled the bizarre proportions of his rooms to 23 percent less than human size for the set. Says Gerwig: “The ceiling is actually quite close to the head, and it only takes a few steps to walk across the room. It has the strange effect of making actors look large in space but small overall.

Gerwig went on to talk about what she wanted to capture with Barbie’s dream house:

“I wanted to capture what was so ridiculously funny about the Dreamhouses. Why go down the stairs when you can slide into your own pool? Why trudge up the stairs when you take an elevator that matches your dress?

For Barbie’s bedroom, the team paired a velvet-upholstered shell headboard with a sequined bedspread. Her closet, meanwhile, reveals matching outfits in toy box displays. “It’s definitely a home for a single woman,” says Greenwood, noting that when the first Dreamhouse (a folding cardboard house) was sold in 1962 it was rare for a woman to own a home of her own. She adds Spencer: “She’s the ultimate feminist icon.”

Everything had to be pink too. “Maintaining ‘childhood’ was key,” says Gerwig. “I wanted the pinks to be very bright and everything to be almost too much.” In other words, he continues, he didn’t want to “forget what made me love Barbie when I was a little girl.” The construction, Greenwood notes, caused an international rush for the fluorescent hue of Rosco paint. “The world,” she laughs, “has run out of pink.”

It seems they ended up getting everything they needed! And it was worth it to bring this amazing set to life. The film is the protagonist Margot Robbie like Barbie with Ryan Gosling like Ken. They are united by Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Kate McKinnon (Saturday night live), Ariana Greenblatt (Love and monsters), Issa Rae (Insecure), Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim versus the world), Hari Nef (Transparent), Will Ferrell (Saturday night live), Kingsley Ben-Adir, Elena Mirren, Ncuti GatwaAND America Ferraraas well as John Cenawho plays a mermaid version of Ken!

Barbie hits theaters July 21.

by Jessica Fisher
Source: Geek Tyrant

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