Ethan Tobman is one of the most sought after production designers in Hollywood. 

He designed the intricate and innovative set for the Academy award winning movie Room (based on this book by Emma Donoghue), and his artistic vision has graced everything from national commercial campaigns for Target and Cadillac, to culture-shaking music videos like Beyonce’s Formation.

In this episode, Ethan explains what exactly a production designer does from start to finish, weaving in his own tales about working with famous directors, actors, and music superstars. 

This is one of the most fun conversations I have ever had with someone in the entertainment industry, and I think you’ll enjoy listening in. 

See more of Ethan Tobman's work on his website.

Ethan talks about just a handful of his credits, including Rob Reiner's 2014 movie And So It Goes starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. 

We also discuss Beyonce's video of the year: Formation

And OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall:

Two books that made an impact on Ethan:

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and Another Country by James Baldwin

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