What went into transforming Sandringham House into a setting straight out of The Shining? That accomplishment – and any others relating to the audacious art direction in Pablo Larraín’s Spencer – can be attributed to prolific production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, who was as essential to Spencer‘s success at showing a different side of Princess Diana and the Royal Family as anyone involved with the film.
As a two-time Oscar nominee (once in 2010, for Christopher Nolan’s Inception, and once in 2016, for Morten Tyldum’s Passengers) and two-time ADG winner (also for Inception and Passengers), Dyas is a known name to many in the film community for his continually creative production design, delivering in several different genres (sci-fi with the two aforementioned films, fantasy with The Cell and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and so on and so forth). However, just because Spencer represents one of his most intimate efforts to date, that doesn’t make it any less exemplary.
Already finding acclaim for his wondrously imaginative work in Pablo Larraín’s latest historical lark, Dyas took the time to talk about his contributions to the film with Awards Watch, discussing how they matched Diana’s moods with the sets in each scene, created locations they’d never seen before (such as Diana’s childhood home), and designed that delicious food Diana and the Royal Family devour.
Spencer is currently in theaters from NEON.