Hot Set

Hot Set

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From the producers of Syfy’s top-rated "Face off" comes a visually stunning new competition series "Hot Set." Each week, two Hollywood production designers and their teams will compete in an extreme design challenge to create original movie sets inspired by the Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror genres. Each episode is one complete competition, with new production designers introduced each week. The episode’s winning designer will be the one who creates the ultimate movie set that is able to transport the viewer into an immersive world based on creativity, technique and overall presentation. A member of an American movie family dynasty, radio and television personality Ben Mankiewicz hosts the series. Ben’s grandfather, Herman Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-winning screenwriter for "Citizen Kane" and his great uncle, Joseph Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-Winning writer and director for "All About Eve" and "A Letter to Three Wives." The contestants will reveal their completed sets and edited film scenes on the Hot Set sound stage to a panel of judges who are leaders in feature film production design -- three-time Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Curt Beech ("The Social Network, ", "The Help, ", "Star Trek"), two-time Oscar nominee Lilly Kilvert ("The Last Samurai, ", "Legends of the Fall"), and Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Barry Robison ("X- Men Origins, ", "Wedding Crashers, ", "The Chronicles of Narnia"). The production designers will each have two team members to help them execute the daunting challenges.
From the producers of Syfy’s top-rated "Face off" comes a visually stunning new competition series "Hot Set." Each week, two Hollywood production designers and their teams will compete in an extreme design challenge to create original movie sets inspired by the Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror genres. Each episode is one complete competition, with new production designers introduced each week. The episode’s winning designer will be the one who creates the ultimate movie set that is able to transport the viewer into an immersive world based on creativity, technique and overall presentation. A member of an American movie family dynasty, radio and television personality Ben Mankiewicz hosts the series. Ben’s grandfather, Herman Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-winning screenwriter for "Citizen Kane" and his great uncle, Joseph Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-Winning writer and director for "All About Eve" and "A Letter to Three Wives." The contestants will reveal their completed sets and edited film scenes on the Hot Set sound stage to a panel of judges who are leaders in feature film production design -- three-time Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Curt Beech ("The Social Network, ", "The Help, ", "Star Trek"), two-time Oscar nominee Lilly Kilvert ("The Last Samurai, ", "Legends of the Fall"), and Art Director’s Guild Award nominee Barry Robison ("X- Men Origins, ", "Wedding Crashers, ", "The Chronicles of Narnia"). The production designers will each have two team members to help them execute the daunting challenges.

Season 1 (6 episodes)

  • 1. Crash Landed Astronaut

    Original air date: 09/18/2012 Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Original air date: 09/18/2012 Runtime: 43:00 min. Aubra vs. Craig: In the premiere episode of Hot Set, the competition pits two Hollywood production designers against each other in a head-to-head battle to conceive, design and build a movie set for an astronaut who has crash-landed on an alien planet.

  • 2. Alien Queen

    Original air date: 09/25/2012 Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Original air date: 09/25/2012 Runtime: 43:00 min. Greg vs. Carlos: Two production designers go head to head in a challenge to build a film-ready throne room for a gorgeous but brutal alien queen.

  • 3. Android Bordello

    Original air date: 10/02/2012 Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Original air date: 10/02/2012 Runtime: 43:00 min. Kim vs. Carl: Two production designers go head to head in a challenge to build a film-ready set for three futuristic android dancers.

  • 4. Down the Rabbit Hole

    Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Runtime: 43:00 min. Thomas vs. Brandy: Two production designers are challenged to create an original set inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's a shape-shifting, forced-perspective challenge in which the set has to create the illusion that Alice is oversized, shrunken, or both as she navigates through at least two rooms in a dream state.

  • 5. Basement of Horrors

    Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Runtime: 43:00 min. Charlotte vs. Roger: Two production designers go head to head in a Halloween-esque challenge to build a serial killer's secret lair.

  • 6. Super Villian's Lair

    Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Runtime: 43:00 min. Charlotte vs. Roger: Two production designers go head to head in a Halloween-esque challenge to build a serial killer's secret lair.