Kevin Downey
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Kevin Downey

Set Decorator (Film & TV)Dublin, Ireland
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Kevin Downey

Set Decorator (Film & TV)Dublin, Ireland
About me
Dressing a set involves imagination, organisation and a lot of hard work, but it's all worth it when the client's eyes widen with astonishment. Transforming a derelict castle in the Irish countryside into a setting for a sumptuous Venetian masked ball; creating a magical chapel setting for an outdoor wedding; helping decorate sets for period pieces such as The Terror, Little Women, Mary Shelley, Ripper Street and Penny Dreadful (winning a BAFTA) ; countless TV commercials and feature films. I've experienced a lot in my 20+ years in Set Decoration and Production Design and I'm always interested in the next chapter. I'm available for project work as a set decorator, set dresser and production designer in Ireland or abroad. I'm also keen to work on more once-off events and help create magical once-off experiences. I'm always on the look out for a challenge that will knock the socks off a client.
Projects
  • Wedding at Marfield House
    Wedding at Marfield HouseThis was an usual event to put together as it was for my own wedding! With the magical backdrop of Marlfield House, Wexford (marlfieldhouse.com), we arranged for guests to be welcomed by some performers on stilts. The ceremony was held outside with a specially created 'chapel' and the night was rounded off with a memorable fireworks display.
  • Ripper Street Season 3
    Ripper Street Season 3I came onboard season three of this Victorian drama series as set decorator. Ripper Street is based on a very fast paced formula telling an entire story each episode. This made the project challenging and exciting to work on as the quick pace ensured we were always prepared as a team for the episode ahead. I worked very closely with the designer on this project often designing props that were key to specific scenes and helping to realise the overall look of the production.
  • Penny Dreadful
    Penny DreadfulI have worked as production buyer/set dresser on the multi BAFTA (including best set decoration) winning TV series Penny Dreadful for Showtime TV. As I was onboard this period drama from the outset, I was able to put to use my many creative skills in set decoration which resulted in me decorating many of the key sets for all three seasons. Dressing such large sets involves coordination of several departments. I was key in this area often beig model makers, drapes and construction etc on ideas to
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Work history
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    Set Decorator & Production BuyerFreelance
    Freelance
    I am currently working as a set decorator and buyer in the TV industry having just completed season three of Ripper Street as set decorator and I have worked on all three seasons of Penny Dreadful for Showtime. I have also designed opulent parties and weddings for private and corporate clients.
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    Set Decorator, Little WomenBBC
     - IrelandFreelance
    3-part period drama, Ireland. I decorated this much loved television classic for the BBC. It is a 3-part mini-series set in Concorde, Massachusetts. As Set Decorator, one of my tasks was to ensure that the subtle differences between Victorian America and Victorian Britain were observed. The timeline is set over three years, with scheduling in and out of seasons, so snowing up entire sets overnight to ensure a new season could be delivered the very next morning was commonplace. This job involved coordination of buyers both in Ireland and London, budget control, model makes, graphics, etc.
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Skills
  • Events
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Design
  • Set Decorator
  • Set Dressers
  • Word
Education
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    Film and Television ProductionInstitute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire
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    Film and Television Production
Awards
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    BAFTA Television Craft | Production Design in 2015BAFTA
    Part of a team lead by Jonathan Mckinstry and Phillip Murphy, awarded the BAFTA Television Craft Award for Production Design 2015 for Penny Dreadful. http://awards.bafta.org/award/2015/tvcraft/production-design