Production Design for Film, Video
Three-time Emmy award-winning production designer Katha Seidman has extensive experience designing sets, organizing the art department, and working within any budget, be it large or small. Capable of creating sets for simple tabletop shots Seidman has also designed productions with full-scale artillery battles and exploding forts.
Seidman works closely with the director and the producer to assure that the dramatic settings contribute to the overall style of the film. Whatever the period or style of the project, she extensively researches the look and feel of the subject and its era. In the end, her goal is to create a space in which actors can fully embody the narrative and bring the script to life.
MYSTERY of MATTER: Search for the Elements Emmy Award for Scenic Design, 2016
The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is an exciting three-part series about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long and continuing quest to understand what the world is made of. Three hour-long episodes tell the story of seven of history's most important scientists as they seek to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter.
FORGOTTEN GENIUS Emmy Award for Scenic Design 2015
The grandson of Alabama slaves, Percy Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a place for himself in a profession and country divided by bigotry—a man who would eventually find freedom in the laboratory. By the time of his death, Julian had risen to the highest levels of scientific and personal achievement, overcoming countless obstacles to become a world-class scientist, a self-made millionaire, and a civil-rights pioneer.
JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS Emmy Award for Scenic Design 2007
“John & Abigail Adams” chronicles both an inspired marriage and the birth of a nation. John Adams was brilliant, argumentative, sometimes irascible, and wholly in love with his wife. Abigail Adams was a savvy observer of the tumultuous political scene, and not afraid to speak her mind in an age when women were excluded from politics. Together they forged one of the greatest partnerships in American history.
DESPERATE CROSSING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE MAYFLOWER Two Emmy nominations, Art Direction and Makeup 2007
Based on original source material, this three-hour History Channel Marquee Special tells the story of a band of religious dissidents and their flight to Holland from England; their stormy, trans-Atlantic voyage on the Mayflower some twelve years later; and the terrible suffering the Pilgrim’s endured during their first year in America.
THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA
“The War that Made America”, a four-hour PBS special, brings to life the events that prepared the ground for the American Revolution. The French and Indian War (1754-1763) began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier, spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. It was a war the British won, but the fruit of their victory contained the seeds of the Declaration of American Independence.