It's not often I get to cover one film from two perspectives. I first wrote about The Help for the International Cinematographers Guild magazine (read the story here). Now here's my interview for the Carrboro Citizen with production designer Mark Ricker, the talented guy behind the sets on the hit movie, as well as Julie & Julia.

Burlington native and UNC grad Mark Ricker designed the sets for The Help. Rena DeAngelo, set decorator, helped bring his vision to reality. (Photo courtesy Mark Ricker)

Burlington native and UNC grad Mark Ricker designed the sets for The Help. Rena DeAngelo, set decorator, helped bring his vision to reality. (Photo courtesy Mark Ricker)

Caught on Film

by Margot C. Lester
Like many kids, Mark Ricker dreamt of working in the movies when he grew up. But unlike most of us, the Burlington native made it a reality. Ricker is the production designer behind the sets of The Help, which debuted last month.

The production designer creates the overall look and feel of a film, working with the director and cinematographer to select or create locations and settings, right down to the paint on the walls and the knickknacks on the mantle. “I love being part of that core group that figures out the best way to tell a story through cinema,” explains Ricker, who graduated from UNC with an English degree 1990. (Continue reading)