By Ron Magid, Special to The Times Designing the worlds greatest toy store is hard enough, but when the movie is called Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium, the set better feel, well, magical. No pressure there, quips production designer Therese DePrez (Happiness, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) who knew shed have to conjure up more than the proverbial rabbit to satisfy writer-director Zach Helm. Ill never forget walking into the empty soundstage and saying to myself, Two months from now, therell be a world here and how the hell am I gonna get it all done? DePrez drew on her experience creating edgy-yet-whimsical sets for movies like Hedwig to create the Emporiums Barnum & Bailey-on-steroids look. I wanted the store to marry nostalgia, invention, classicism and vaudeville and to feel like it actually exists someplace in America, she says.
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