As Quentin Tarantino walked on the journey re-create 1969 Los Angeles for Sony's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, he turned to veteran production designer Barbara Ling, whose previous endeavors include Batman Forever, Fried Green Tomatoes and another '60s-set drama, The Doors.
Being a Los Angeles native and a teenager at the time of the events shown in the film, Ling did not focus on making an exact replica of the city's locations, focusing more on creating a nostalgic world that represented the vibe of the era. "Quentin always said, 'We're not making a documentary," Ling says. "We wanted to capture what the city felt like at the time."
In a recent interview, Ling spoke about the challenges of showing historical locations in a constantly changing city, bringing back to life a long-lost Los Angeles for Tarantino's alleged most sentimental movie yet.
Ling has designed crucial locations for the movie that includes Pandora's Box, James Dean mural, Hullabaloo, Van Nuys Drive-In, a 60's Taco Bell, Aquarius mural and Cinerama Dome. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has had global success and has bagged awards at the Golden Globes 2020 and has 10 nominations for The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2020.