It is with great sadness that Outlander is losing its magnificent Set Designer, Jon Gary Steel. Five seasons, 7 years involvement with production have left its mark on the series with Jon’s innovative style, recapturing ages in the past from the 20th to the 18th century. His talents for finding that amazing pallet for the Paris Apartments, that were upcycled to be Jamie’s Printshop in Season 3, to building the new Big House for Season 5. He announced his departure at the Season 5 Wrap Party.
Many of us will miss his great sharing of current tidbits of production, in the “Guess what this will be” teases, sharing of moments past, and look for that Easter Egg. His amazing insight and scouting for that just right motif or architectural wall, or details for the floor of the Great Hall and working with historic sites in Scotland. Always a great champion of his design crew on-site and in LA.
This week Jon and Husband Barry Waldo returned to Los Angeles and were so happy to see the sun. We look forward to new set design and producing ventures of Mr. Steel.
You can keep up with Jon at his very busy Twitter site, @jongarysteel, and his website where he has great break downs of set design and Outlander links. We wish him all the best. He joins his great friend Terry Dresbach, and Ron D. Moore who has stepped back a bit from showrunner, and this last season saw @TheMattRoberts take the lead for show and writer’s room while continuing to produce. New producers Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have just stepped up for the new season.
Jon Gary Steel’s Website is a bit behind. Hopefully, now that he has more time, there will be more great insights.