Brandy Alexander's passion for design is evident in each unique look
she has created. Her talents to convey the personality of a
character's environment and to plan interesting, layered spaces have
allowed directors and actors to shine. In
broad strokes of impressions and feelings, as well as with an
attention to the subtle details, Brandy has become known for her bold
use of color and texture in each set.
Brandy joined the Art Directors Guild
after working in Mexico City for over eight months as the American
Art Director on "Remo Williams, The
in the late 1980's.
She developed her hands-on
approach to design while working in feature films, such as "Milagro
for director Robert
Redford, "Red Dawn"
for director John Milius, and "The
director Taylor Hackford.
Brandy Alexander established herself as a
prominent Television Production Designer early in her career, setting
the look to such high-quality television series as "thirtysomething"
and "Party of Five"
She was twice nominated for an EMMY
- for "Best Art Direction for a Series"
for her work on "thirtysomething"
and then collaborated with the same producers again to design the
time-less series, "My So-Called Life"
During these years, Brandy enjoyed working with such EMMY
directors, producers and writers as Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz,
Scott Winant, Winnie Holzman, Ken Olin, Paul Haggis and Steven
minimal set construction, she has created the style and distinct
look, by modifying the carefully chosen locations,
for many pilots that have become successful
series, such as "Jericho"
with director Jon Turtletaub, and "Providence"
with director Michael Fresco.
In the late 90's, Brandy began to
production design many sit-com multiple-camera shows,
"more theatrical" sets with tight
studio space and smaller budgets, but she enjoyed the energy of
shooting in front of a live audience. She designed numerous
situation comedies for DREAMWORKS
and with the award-winning team of Robert Greenblatt and David
Janollari, including their collaboration with Alan Ball entitled "Oh,
. Several years later, Bob
Greenblatt became the President of SHOWTIME
where Brandy worked for him again designing the sets for the hit
Brandy prides herself on a talent for designing
each show with the knowledge of the needs of
production. While growing up in New York, she observed her father
directing television at the NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center. During
her college years at UCLA
studying Painting, Theater and Interior Design, & Environmental
Art, Brandy began to work as an extra in the Screen
every summer. Upon graduation,
she went to work as a set designer - learning the ropes while
drafting for seven years at many major studio lots.
Brandy was fortunate to be trained under the "UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ART DEPT. SYSTEM"
, working in a large Drafting Room with 20 to 30 Set Designers where she learned from many different Art Directors; and in October of 1978, she joined the Set Designers Branch of IATSE - UNION
She traveled to many distant locations,
including New York, Vermont, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Mexico, and
Canada for weeks, or even months as needed for features, gaining more
designing for over 20 years, she has become more versatile in her
approach, helping to solve schedule problems and financial issues,
always delivering sets on time and on budget - without compromising
Many producers during these same years employed Brandy to design
their private residences, office spaces, and corporate party events.
Brandy's interior design business started and continues to grow
today, as she recently served on the Beverly
Hills DESIGN REVIEW COMMISSION
for two years.
Her appointment to this five-person board of experts was to review
the design of all single-family homes with respect to their exterior
street appearance and their impact to the neighborhoods in the city
of Beverly Hills.
On a personal
note - Brandy and her husband, a clinical psychologist, have been
married 18 years, and have two teen-age children who attend the
Beverly Hills public schools. They share their home with their two
cats, Socks and Mittens.