Drew Boughton Q&A: ‘The Man in the High Castle production designer
When discussing his work on “The Man in the High Castle” in our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), production designer Drew Boughton took a moment to reflect on the show’s relevancy to current events. “It is certainly the case that in envisioning this alternative world, it is not the alternative world that any of us wanted to have,” he divulges. Adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick, this Amazon Prime series imagines what life in 1962 America would look like had the Nazis won WWII. Boughton received his second consecutive Emmy nomination for Best Production Design for his work on the second season.
The show took on an added sense of pertinence following the recent Neo-Nazi and KKK rallies in Charlottesville, VA, that left a protestor and two state troopers dead. “It is certainly deeply painful and profoundly upsetting when things like what happened over the weekend occur,” adds Boughton. He reveals that the crew is very careful in how it presents a world where fascism reigns supreme. “We periodically have very serious conversations about what’s happening outside of us as it relates to the show, and making sure that it’s clear that we are an anti-fascist show,” he explains. “We all take a moment to discuss that, and think deeply about what we are doing, and how our show is present in the time that we are all present in.”
Boughton competed at the ADG for the show earlier this year, as well as for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011). His nomination is one of three below-the-line bids the series received: it also contends for its cinematography and visual effects. As well, it’s recognized for Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for “The Man in the High Castle: Resistance Radio.” Last season it won for Best Cinematography and Best Main Title Sequence.