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All School Meeting - Missy Parker '89

October 20, 2017 — 8:30am - 9:30am

Missy Parker ’89 has been working in the film industry for 20 years. She started as a Production Assistant in 1997 on the film A Simple Plan, in her hometown of Minneapolis. Soon after the completion of that film, she realized that Set Decoration was the department for her. Moving to Los Angeles was the next obvious step. Over the years, she has worked on various films moving up from Production Assistant to Buyer, to Assistant Set Decorator, and now Set Decorator. The Set Decorator is responsible for designing and building the worlds inhabited by the characters in the film; be it a spacecraft, a bedroom, or a pirate ship. 

Missy recently decorated the film, Hidden Figures, a period drama about three African American female engineers working at NASA in the 1960s. The film was the untold story depicting the lives of African American women at NASA. The film explored the multitude of challenges they faced dealing with racism and sexism in their work and daily lives. It also offered an opportunity to show the private lives of these women, and a glimpse into their proud homes of the times. 

In her work, Missy has been lucky enough to be part of other films that have taken her all over the United States. She has worked on large blockbusters like, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Avengers, and Pirates of the Caribbean. She has also been able to work on period character pieces like, the new Showtime series, I’m Dying Up Here, set in 1970s Los Angeles comedy clubs.

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