He worked as a set dresser on TV programs and commercials before being hired as set decorator for the 1995 film “Unstrung Heroes.” Since then he’s been the set decorator on films including “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “The Last Airbender.”
Movie sets, his workplace, can be just about anywhere imagination and scripts take him. The job is all about collaborating with the director and film designer to find locations, color palettes, furniture styles and art to fill the space behind the actors.
“For instance, on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl,’ I decorated fantastic pirate ships as well as English military ships, a blacksmith shop, English streets and shops from the 1700s and an outrageous treasure cave for which I had over a million period gold coins minted,” Dias says.
“Inception” required Dias to decorate sets in six countries. Because very few computer-generated effects were used, Dias had to decorate everything, from a Japanese castle to fancy hotel rooms.
After “Inception” finished, Dias worked on “Battleship,” the film based on the board game. He’s currently working on the film version of “The Hunger Games,” the story of life in a post-apocalyptic world.
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