Design the visual universe of This is how i love you was a real Olympic sprint for artistic director Dominique Desrochers and her team. In four weeks, they stepped up their efforts with Kijiji, former decorators and collectors in the province to reconstruct the atmosphere of Sainte-Foy in 1974, the year in which this incredible series by François Létourneau takes place.
“We drew a lot of inspiration from our childhood photos,” she explains. But it was important not to fall into caricature and that the settings do not take over the characters. Here we are in a 1970s suburb where ordinary people live. A decade perhaps not so long ago, but very difficult to relive. “Surprisingly, the 70s and 80s are much more difficult to reconstruct than the times at the turn of the century. It was the arrival of mass-produced furniture. Everything was more cheap. Nothing was kept. Designer furniture has stood the test of time, but that is not what everyone had in their living room. ”
Dominique also provided artistic direction for Eden Museum and the first four seasons of Upper country. “The furniture from this period has been preserved, restored. It’s solid. For the 70s, we are at the mercy of what we find. It’s a long process, we have little control and it’s more difficult to get an overview. We rent a warehouse, we collect everything and we make a big store to create sets. ”
Dominique and his team had the same preparation time as for a contemporary series to revive the 70s. Imagine when you have to give life to a big-box store (where Serge works)! “We found lingerie which, by cheating a little, resembled that of the time. A gunsmith provided us with the weapons. The hardest part was on furniture and appliances. One month of work and all the scenes were shot in two days. The Olympic sprint is here. Not to mention that a plateau looks like a big move with all the work that it can entail.
The vast majority of the series was shot in Boucherville. “We were taking suburban bungalows that had not been transformed. The doors and windows had to be original, the distribution of the rooms too. In Gaétan and Huguette’s house, we had to redo the floor, put in linoleum, have a carpenter make an entrance door, repaint the colors of the walls and even change the melamine kitchen counter.
At Serge and Micheline’s, we leveled the ground to put in a period swimming pool that we painted. The basement had the barn plank walls, the bar, the mirrors. Amber windows with relief were added to the cabinets. We are lucky to be able to count on extraordinary owners who agree to welcome us, to be relocated, and to have their homes modified. We take great care of it and after the shoot, we put everything back as it was. ”
Currently everything has been put away. The second season should be shot in the spring. The work can now be fine-tuned. “I have an extraordinary and seasoned team. We work in harmony. The whole team of this production is wonderful. But it is not for nothing that we no longer produce period series in Quebec. It’s expensive and we have little time. We measure ourselves against big American series whose teams are three times bigger, and the budgets are not comparable. It is admirable what we are doing here. This immersion so right in the heart of the 70s allowed Dominique and his team to win the Gemini for the best sets. let’s remember that This is how i love you won 10 Gemini, including Best Drama Series.
The 70s and 80s on our airwaves
Bringing the 70s and 80s back to life is a real challenge. These series from here have allowed us to dive back into memories of that time.
(2005-2008 at TVA) Set in the 1970s, this series inspired by events experienced by court columnist Claude Poirier follows CJKM reporter Mac Cloutier (Frédérick De Grandpré) in the rise of his career, but especially on the trail of criminals and Mafiosi.
My little misfortunes
(2016 at Radio-Canada) This series starring Jean-Michel Anctil and Catherine Proulx-Lemay tells about a summer of 1986 at the family chalet of young Jeffy as he entered adolescence.
(2008 at Radio-Canada) Sad family saga seen through the eyes of Yves Lavigueur, the only survivor of this ordinary family from the Center-Sud who became famous after winning the jackpot of $ 7 million at 6/49. We are in 1986 when the family is torn apart.
The 70s and 80s fascinate
In recent years, the American series that take place in the 70s and 80s abound. Netflix has allowed a new generation to experience their parents’ times. Here are a few that strike a nostalgic chord, which fascinate or which help to make these years rather ” cool “.
This comedy featured a group of teenagers from a suburban Wisconsin between 1976 and 1979. It launched the careers of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Young people here have discovered the series offered until recently on Netflix.
This Is Us(since 2016 on NBC and CTV) This popular series flirts with the end of the 70s and especially the 80s. It follows the evolution of a family whose three children were born in 1980. Although the series is contemporary, the many flashback take us back to the childhood and adolescence of adult children.
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A fantastic series very popular with young people, it helped revive interest in the 80s and inflated subscriptions for the channel. We follow a group of friends caught up in supernatural instances that plague a small community in Indiana.