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Minority Report

  

Minority Report, which shot in Los Angeles, California and the Washington D.C. area in 2000. Had Cinema Greens Owner and Art Director, Bryan A. McBrien as the Greens Foreman and Standby for Greens Coordinator Daniel J. Gillooly. Bryan's key sets were the Greenhouse, built at Descanso Gardens, and the Capital Hill locales built in D.C.

Dan and Bryan studied hydroponic propagation techniques and systems in order to bring an authentic set to Director Steven Spielberg for his botanist character, Dr. Iris Heineman. In the photo above you see Steven Spielsberg along with Tom Cruise in the foreground; Cinema Greens owner and Art Director Bryan McBrien is seen with the white shirt on in the background. With Spielberg's hands-on directing Bryan was tasked with building prototype systems in a temporary greenhouse built at Fox Studios where Steven could oversee the work and tweak the aesthetics. Once approvals were given on the hydroponics Bryan sought to fill the greenhouse with a mix of live and synthetic plants. Many of the unique species of live plants were rented from Cal State Fullerton's Botany Department from their very rare collection of exotic species, many of which only 1-2 specimens exist in the entire world. Artificial plants and flowers were peppered into the set to add bursts of color and provide elements to be used later by Industrial Light and Magic (I.L.M.) for the visual effects team to animate the plants in post production. 

The greenhouse turned out to be so popular with Mr. Spielberg that he rewrote portions of the script after principal photography ended in order to flesh out the Precognitive's backstory. Bryan as again tasked with trying to match one of the most unique and complicated sets he had ever worked on. This time around the greenhouse was built on a soundstage at Fox Studios where the interior had to be redone, but also the exterior of Descanso Gardens had to be replicated to match the actual location. To date, Bryan still describes this set as one of his favorite jobs as a Local 44 Hollywood Craftsman in his 20+ year career.