TV SETS: Boardwalk Empire

Tonight is the season finale of one of my new favourite shows, Boardwalk Empire. The show is a period drama focusing on Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky interacts with several historical figures in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who looked up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky’s expensive and lavish lifestyle for a county political figure.


A look into the set of Boardwalk Empire

A truly fantastic featurette on the production design of Boardwalk Empire which gives great insight into the design process.

Time Lapse video of the Boardwalk being built.


Be sure to catch  the Season Finale of Boardwalk Empire tonight. I’m expecting fireworks so they better not disappoint. Do you watch the show? What do you think of it?

Rose Lagace | @artdepartmental

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Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

  1. Interesting, this makes me want to watch it! The design seems spot on.
    Reminds me of Mad Men, when did this show first air?

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  2. Hi Kelsey, thanks so much for visiting.

    Boardwalk Empire premiered on September 19th this year. The first episode is a work of pure genius directed by Martin Scorsese. If you only see one more episode of television this year that is definitely one to behold. As beautiful as any film. While the rest of the episodes don’t compare to the first, the story, acting, and production design are still superb. They have built up this season to really blow the lid off the next couple seasons given they don’t cancel the show before then. :/

    A lot of people have compared it to Mad Men because it’s a well done period piece but the two shows are remarkably different but perfect in their own ways. I love both shows equally but differently. 🙂

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  3. I tried to get into this series, fascinated by the look of it, but somehow it didn’t grab me. I’ll try again. Love the time lapse video of the set building.

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  4. I meant to watch this show but somehow it slipped through the cracks. I think it’s high time I pick it up since there doesn’t seem to be much to watch on the tele these days (as you know, I watch The Bachelor for social experiment/group dynamics education and research).

    Boardwalk Empire appears to be a beautiful show with substance = awesome and hard to come by these days!
    -J

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