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From the producers of Syfy’s top-rated "Face Off" comes a visually stunning new competition series "Hot Set." Each week, two Hollywood production designers and their teams will compete in an extreme design challenge to create original movie sets inspired by the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. Each episode is one complete competition, with new production designers introduced each week. The episode’s winning designer will be the one who creates the ultimate movie set that is able to transport the viewer into an immersive world based on creativity, technique and overall presentation. A member of an American movie family dynasty, radio and television personality Ben Mankiewicz hosts the series. Ben’s grandfather, Herman Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-winning screenwriter for "Citizen Kane" and his great uncle, Joseph Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-Winning writer and director for "All About Eve" and "A Letter to Three Wives." The contestants will reveal their completed sets and edited film scenes on the Hot Set sound stage to a panel of judges who are leaders in feature film production design -- three-time Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Curt Beech ("The Social Network," "The Help," "Star Trek"); two-time Oscar nominee Lilly Kilvert ("The Last Samurai," "Legends of the Fall"); and Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Barry Robison ("X- Men Origins," "Wedding Crashers," "The Chronicles of Narnia"). The production designers will each have two team members to help them execute the daunting challenges. In the premiere episode, production designers Abra and Craig have just three days and a budget of $15,000 to conceive and build a film-quality world -- a devastated alien landscape to be explored by a crash-landed astronaut. The designers draw support from their skilled team of carpenters and scenic painters, the expansive Hot Set supply room, and many of the prop and set dressing houses located in Hollywood. When time is up, the production designers have 30 minutes to shoot a scene on their original set. In the second episode airing September 25, designers Carl Dove and Kim Tolman must build a film-ready throne room for a gorgeous but brutal alien queen. In the end, one production designer is determined to have that week’s Hot Set and leaves with a $10,000 prize.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCrash Landed Astronaut||Aubra vs. Craig: In the premiere episode of Hot Set, the competition pits two Hollywood production designers against each other in a head-to-head battle to conceive, design and build a movie set for an astronaut who has crash-landed on an alien planet.||43:04||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAlien Queen||Greg vs. Carlos: Two production designers go head to head in a challenge to build a film-ready throne room for a gorgeous but brutal alien queen.||43:04||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAndroid Bordello||Kim vs. Carl: Two production designers go head to head in a challenge to build a film-ready set for three futuristic android dancers.||43:04||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDown the Rabbit Hole||Thomas vs. Brandy: Two production designers are challenged to create an original set inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It's a shape-shifting, forced-perspective challenge in which the set has to create the illusion that Alice is oversized, shrunken, or both as she navigates through at least two rooms in a dream state.||43:03||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBasement of Horrors||Charlotte vs. Roger: Two production designers go head to head in a Halloween-esque challenge to build a serial killer's secret lair.||43:03||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSuper Villain's Lair||Carol vs. Tudor: Two production designers go head to head in a challenge to build a film-ready super villain's lair where a secret agent is trapped in a death machine.||43:03||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Wait and See
Being a fan of Face Off, I immediately bought the season pass for Hot Set. The first episode showed an interesting concept, but didn't have the same "grab" as Face Off. I'll definetly watch the next few episodes, but if it is still lukewarm, I won't be buying next year's (assuming it's still running) season pass.
Not Great, but still worth it.
As a fan of Face Off , I too jumped on board and bought the season pass. Its great to see the "How do they do that? " aspect of making Tv/Movies, and with only having two contestants a show you can really see the process develop. However I miss the whole group dynamic one gets with a larger cast of people in terms of picking favorites and hoping they make it to the grand finale. I will keep watching because I'm a geek for these type of shows, but if they bring it back for season 2 I hope they can tweak it so its more exciting.
Strike the set
If I'm going to endure a reality series, the process matters more to me than how the people FEEL about the process. This is a show about designing movie sets that goes out of its way to NOT show viewers how to design movie sets. Instead, we are shown the mood swings of designers.