Going behind the scenes of ‘Love is Messy’ revealed that Louise had the almost impossible task of designing over 50 scenes, that needed to be shot on a 4-day shoot with only 11 days to prep before cameras needed to roll. Someone hold her beer! For those of you who’ve worked with Louise before, you’ll know that she eats most challenges for breakfast. To be honest, we would never doubt that Louise wouldn’t bring the energy, enthusiasm and passion (and fitness!) required to pull this off.
Working on incredibly tight deadlines and often even tighter budgets is nothing new to Louise, she says, ‘We used five main locations over the 4 days, designing multiple environments on each location, maximising time and resources. I thrive on challenges, and collaborating with a director of Mark Zibert’s calibre, whose work ethic and innovation set the standard, is truly inspiring.’
Framegrabs from ‘Love is Messy’
A lot of people might think Louise is ‘too heavyweight’ to work on ‘smaller projects’, but hold it right there. Yes, she has collaborated with big names like Zibert, The Tao’s and Kay Kienzler and works on many international service jobs that are shot in South Africa, but her heart lies with local talent. ‘I love working with local directors. Especially young talent. Yes, the budgets aren’t always that big locally but that is certainly not why you get into this industry,’ says Louise. A good production designer needs to be incredibly resourceful, imaginative and budget-friendly, something Louise can definitely hang her hat on. ‘Whether I have a large team or am going in as a one-woman show, there is always space for imagination and creativity to thrive,’ she adds.
Since starting out in the industry, working her way up through the Art Department, Louise has time and again proven herself as someone who can interpret a brief and understand a director, the product and the target audience. Starting out in the industry she quickly made a name for herself and in 2002 she was picked as one of the top three Art Directors in the world by the International Campaign Screen Magazine’s special ‘Legends of Production Edition’ published for the Cannes Film Festival. So yeah, she’s good, she’s organised, creative and her reel is proof.
It’s impossible, however, to watch ‘Love is Messy’ and not think back to the design Louise brought to the captivating and gritty ‘Right to Play’. Again, directed by Zibert. The spot won a Silver Cannes Lion in 2019 for Film Craft. The two commercials, Kruger and Right to Play, are vastly different, yet so brilliantly showcase Louise’s abilities.