Hogwarts Bids a Fond Farewell to a Magical Lady Who Truly “Set the Scene” For Some of the Highest Grossing Films of All Time

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It is sad to be saying goodbye to Stephanie McMillan, filmset director, who has passed away from cancer at the age of 71, August 19th at her England home.

I have to admit that, until today, I was unaware who was behind the set design of one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of our generation, the Harry Potter trilogy. Some of her other well known works include The English Patient, Notting Hill, and Chocolat… just to name a few.

McMillan has been the recipient of multiple Oscars in the span of her career, and contributed to the success of many academy award winning productions.

For any young women who may be aspiring to work in the film industry, here is a quote offering some words of wisdom:

“The production designer has the vision,” she told the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in an interview in 2012, “and as set decorator, you have to bring this vision to life. Set decorating should never steal thunder from actors, nor should it ever be so showy that you’re looking at the furniture rather than the action.”

(Taken from the August 29, 2013 edition of the New York Times, pg B19)

Apart from being a design icon, McMillan was also a loving mother two daughters – Sasha and Tamsin – and a pround grandmother of four.

She will be dearly missed.

(Thanks to the New York Times, and Google Images)