UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts – CONNECT – Summer 2021

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Darcy Prevost, M.F.A. ’09 If you’ve seen Disney+’s original TV series, Earth to Ned, you’ve seen the work of Darcy Prevost, a UCI alumnus who worked as the production designer on the show. Prevost, who has worked for several major television companies including HBO, ABC Studios and Warner Bros., completed her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. She then began her Master’s program at UC Irvine, graduating with an M.F.A. in Set Design in 2009. While working on Earth to Ned, Prevost worked with executive producer Brian Henson to create a 16-foot, hand-sculpted alien spaceship set that served as a focal point of the production’s stunning visuals. During her presentation at UCI’s digital “Stay @ HOMEcoming” event in February, Prevost shared her designs through a series of slides detailing her creative process. “Because of the organic shapes, I didn’t feel comfortable computer-drafting everything, so I started just by sculpting a quarter-inch clay model,” said Prevost. From there, she created a series of renderings, technical drawings, and models to help map out the spacing and lighting of the set itself. She explained her work on both the design and setconstruction progress, showing how a quarter-inch set model became a 16foot, elaborate spaceship interior. Image: (left-right) Raymon Carr, Image: Donna Kimball, Morgana Ignis, Greg Ballora and Darcy Prevost, enjoy a moment inside the set she designed for Earth to Ned, Ned , an original series on Disney+. Photo: Courtesy of Darcy Prevost

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“These artists hand-sculpted all of these sets out of Styrofoam with hot-wire tools; it was really incredible to watch,” said Prevost. “The first time I showed up and saw the scale of these [set pieces], I was blown away.”