Yep, Jon Gary Steele. I am super crushing on him. Why?
First…have you SEEN the sets on Outlander? They have been perfection since the first episode of season one. Season two has blown my mind.
I just want to crawl in them and take a wee nap!
Third…He is brilliant. THE Jon Gary Steele (and I always say all 3 names because, he is classy like that)
Be prepared. I am going to do some gushing about a few sets for season 2. Why? Because the recap market is stacked to the rooftops. I want to celebrate what Outlander has given us. I want to give credit where credit is due.
This is one example of how the sets on Outlander support the actors in their stories.
I often wonder how people like Jon Gary Steele sleep at night. If this is the kind of thing they envision during their waking hours…what in the world does their brain do while resting?
The Paris Apartment, had so much detail. So much richness…it was like you were visually sinking into the most beautiful fabric ever found.
The story is made richer by the little things.
LOOK at THAT detail. It takes me so long to just scan the Paris Apartment, the moldings, the BLUE velvet, the interior of the fireplace…I mean really. It is THE INSIDE of a fireplace…that Jon Gary Steele made it this elegant little niche a visual worth dissecting.
Master Raymond’s apothecary was one of my absolute favourites. I found myself pausing and scanning. Pausing and scanning. I love how the molding was used in the shop. To my uneducated eye it was framing more treasures…everywhere.
I could play in this room for HOURS, I believe I have!
This apothecary makes me feel like I am in a world…inside of a world.
The Star Chamber. As a HUGE Book fan. I had a hard time imaging the scale in which this set would need to come to life. You can view many images of the Star Chamber on Jon Gary Steeles website
I can not imagine this scene from the books being as powerful as it was; had Jon Gary Steele and his team did not have their hands in this production. The word perfection might get flung around willy-nilly but this absolutely WAS perfection.
Each of these characters took the lead of the Star Chamber. It was a living breathing character. The way the light danced through the dome to the flickering torches. Even the floor in which we see the Comte take his last breath…it enveloped him.
Jon Gary Steele spoke with Variety about the sets. CLICK HERE to watch that video.
I especially enjoyed the sets in the Outlander finale episode this season. As we made our emotional way through the Rev.Wakefields home, sheds & dusty rooms. These places seemed so stale & untouched, yet filled with ghosts.
Culloden House, yes, we have seen in before, yet this time. I noticed the stark coldness permeating through those walls.
You know, I could very well feature each set, each design and all of the set decoration. Jon Gary Steele has an incredible team to work with & I know that he knows how much the fans adore his talent and vision.
Me…I happen to LOVE his brain. What ever it is that goes on in there, I would love to ride one of those waves one day. Watch him in action. I devour interviews & videos to see if I can just grab a nugget of what it is that makes him tick but…I believe what he has, is that unique, that special…that mere mortals such as myself, won’t ever be able to grasp just what is going on in there. I am utterly convinced that Mr.Steele has a Cerebral Cortex external pack as well as what he was blessed with at birth.
My husband often tells me “Sum up.” SO…in conclusion I need to thank Jon Gary Steele. Tell him that he has surrounded himself with greatness in the team he has. I have always said that we are the product of those we share our days with…this product is an Emmy deserving, soul lifting group of people.