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From Shakespeare to 'Tangled' -- a Conversation with Designer Douglas Rogers

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From Shakespeare to 'Tangled' -- a Conversation with Designer Douglas Rogers

Douglas Rogers was the Production Designer on the upcoming Disney animated film Tangled: "The nice thing about those projects is that I’m given the opportunity to create kind of a melding of different styles to create a fairy tale world."

Photo © Disney Animation Studios, courtesy of Douglas Rogers.

Angela Mitchell: I love that idea about entering the theatre through the wardrobe itself. I never would have left the theatre!

Douglas Rogers: It was a great experience. We had sold-out performances, and Lawson Taitte, the critic for The Dallas Morning News, said it was one of the ten best productions done for the theatre in the past several years at the time, a big compliment.

Angela Mitchell: The amount of detail in your work is really extraordinary. Do you have a particular fondness for certain colors, textures, or historical periods when it comes to designing?

Douglas Rogers: Definitely. I love Victorian things, I love the clutter of the stage, and I also love the Tudor period. I do a lot of animated pictures outside the theatre, and a lot of stuff for Disney, where I’m often called upon to mesh work in a variety of styles and periods.

For instance, I have a movie coming out shortly -- Tangled, on which I was the production designer, which enabled me to design castles, and Rapunzel's tower in particular, as well as a bunch of other stuff.

The nice thing about those projects is that I’m given the opportunity to create kind of a melding of different styles to create a fairy tale world, using everything from Tudor, Romanesque, and Gothic, to Renaissance. Not one pure style, in other words, but a somehow perfect melding.

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