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Caroline Hanania, production designer for <i>Turn</i>, talks about one of the models used in designing the set for <i>Turn</i> that was built in Petersburg to look like a New York street. She says, “I have high hopes for this [series]. The scripts are really good, and the performers are excellent.”
Photos by Ian Hurdle
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Production designer Caroline Hanania shows the model for the village of Setauket on New York’s Long Island. It was recreated at State Farm, on the property of the James River Correctional Center in Goochland County.
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The model for the village of Setauket on New York’s Long Island was recreated at State Farm, on the property of the James River Correctional Center in Goochland County.
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This is the exterior of one of the rooms built on the set of Turn, in a warehouse near Richmond International Raceway.
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The outside of a room on set shows the back of a working fireplace used during the filming of Turn. Fires help to provide realistic lighting.
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Production designer Caroline Hanania explains that the design for this room, in the home of the character Judge Woodhull, is recreated from a room in the Shirley plantation in Charles City County.
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This working fireplace is part of the dining room in Judge Woodhull’s house. Because of the way filming was done, there was no need for the room to have a ceiling.
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This is where the scenes in Abraham and Mary Woodhull’s bedroom were shot. Abe Woodhull, a farmer drawn into the conflict, joins his boyhood friends in the spy ring.
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In the kitchen of the Strong Tavern, the walls are plastered to add texture.
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This shows interior of the gathering place at Strong Tavern. It replicates another version that was used on location.
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Realistic details in the tavern include a newspaper copied from the period.
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This room is where scenes in the cellar under the tavern take place.
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Costume designer Donna Zakowska points out some of the pictures she used for inspiration.
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Executive producer Craig Silverstein says the American Revolution as “a wild and unruly time — that’s one of the things we’re trying to bring through in our show.”
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Actor Burn Gorman (from left), who plays the British Major Hewlett in Turn, talks with executive producer Craig Silverstein and Seth Numrich, who portrays American military intelligence director Benjamin Tallmadge.
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Costume designer Donna Zakowska points out some dresses that arrived from London, to be used in a brothel scene.
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Brad Watson, a Mechanicsville resident, moved to the Richmond area when he was working on the HBO mini-series John Adams. When doing fittings for the male characters, he says he tries to channel the emotion that costume designer Donna Zakowska wants through the color palette and fabric used.
A warehouse near Richmond International Raceway became the headquarters for AMC’s new series, Turn, a drama based on members of the Culper Spy Ring, a network that gathered intelligence about British troop movements for Gen. George Washington. The series premieres Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. Though set in New York, the filming has been done in and around Richmond. Here, we take a tour of the set and meet some of the people working on the show.
MORE: Read about Richmonder Richard Blankenship, who serves as the art director for Turn.