‘Barbie’: Set Designs Led to Pink Paint Shortage

With just a few mystifying teasers and fewer than two months till the premiere of the live-action “Barbie” movie, audiences nonetheless don’t know precisely how the movie will unfold. But the manufacturing workforce has began to disclose perception into the movie — together with how they triggered a world pink paint scarcity.

In a current Architectural Digest profile with manufacturing designer Sarah Greenwood, set decorator Katie Spencer and director Greta Gerwig, the group clarify that they set out “to capture what was so ridiculously fun” about Barbie’s world, however particularly that of Architectural Digest’s topic: Barbie’s Dreamhouse.

“I wanted the pinks to be very bright, and everything to be almost too much,” Gerwig acknowledged. She shared that “the ‘kid-ness’ was paramount” — evoking the sensation of by no means forgetting “what made [her] love Barbie” as a younger lady.

“Why walk down stairs when you can slide into your pool? Why trudge up stairs when you take an elevator that matches your dress?” mentioned Gerwig.

To obtain that whimsy, Barbie’s world wanted to develop into simply that — Barbie’s world. The solely means the manufacturing workforce believed they might obtain the duty was to create a world of pink props, units, garments and something that was positioned throughout the movie’s body.

That’s when Greenwood knew she wanted to acquire that signature shade from the corporate Rosco till there was nothing left. “The world ran out of pink,” mentioned the manufacturing designer.

Before operating Rosco out of pink paint, Greenwood, Gerwig and the workforce constructed a set on the Warner Bros. lot in London, pulling inspiration from the Palm Springs’ Kaufmann House, San Francisco Queen Anne Victorian manse, Wayne Thiebaud’s work, in addition to movie historical past’s “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and Gene Kelly’s “An American in Paris.”

Soon after the dialog with Gerwig, Spencer and Greenwood, the Los Angeles Times inquired concerning the scarcity and turned to, Lauren Proud, VP of world advertising and marketing at Rosco, who confirmed, “They did clean us out on paint.”

“There was this shortage,” Proud added, “and then we gave them everything we could.”

Fans will have the ability to immerse themselves in Barbie’s pink world on July 21.

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