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It’s Time to Raise the Curtain

Top: Kermit and his human pal Gary (Jason Segel) meet with evil oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to see if they can save the Muppet theater from his greedy clutches. Bottom left: Richman and his Muppet henchmen are unmoved by the frog’s appeals. Bottom right: Kermit’s loyal young fan, Walter, sneaks into the frog’s office — a scene shot at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood.

imagine it as it was in its glory days,” says Saklad. “Instead, they discover Hollywood Boulevard is filled with people who want to steal their money, and they find the Muppet studio and theater completely abandoned.” The theater and attached studio backlot are comprised mainly of real locations in Hollywood, but Saklad admits to playing “fast and loose” with reality. For example, the Muppet studio exterior was shot at the gate to Jim Henson Studios on La Brea Avenue, while the backlot was a mix of the Crossroads of the World mall on Sunset Boulevard and Walt Disney Studios in
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Burbank. The art department added a classic studio arch to the Henson gate, tagging the façade with graffiti, scattering trash on the curb and parking a derelict bus (belonging to the Muppet band Electric Mayhem) in the courtyard. With set dressing and some CG aging, Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre served as the exterior of the Muppets’ run-down theater. The theater interior was created on Universal’s Stage 28, which houses a replica of the Paris Opera House used in 1925’s The Phantom of the Opera . The theater set needed a condemned look that still
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hinted at its glory days, and the filmmakers received permission to make it look more like a classic American Vaudeville house. “I worked on a lot of Broadway productions back in the 1980s, so I have deeply personal memories of what the guts of a theater look like,” says Saklad, whose team repainted the set, raked the stage, installed a wall behind the audience and added a balcony rail to suggest an upper level. A proscenium was constructed above the stage, and the wings, backstage area and Muppet dressing rooms were erected on a single, connecting footprint. ➣



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Contents
Editor’s Note
President's Desk
Short Takes: OK Go’s “Muppet Show Theme Song”
Production Slate: Melancholia • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Stepping into the Shadows
Through a Child’s Eyes
Silent Splendor
It’s Time to Raise the Curtain
Filmmakers’ Forum: David Stump, ASC
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
Classified Ads
Ad Index
2011 AC Index
In Memoriam: Andrew Laszlo, ASC
ASC Membership Roster
Clubhouse News
ASC Close-Up: Luciano Tovoli, ASC, AIC
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American Cinematographer - December 2011 - Editor’s Note
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American Cinematographer - December 2011 - President's Desk
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American Cinematographer - December 2011 - Short Takes: OK Go’s “Muppet Show Theme Song”
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