Production designer Bob Shaw (‘The Irishman’) on the film’s 295 locations and 28 sets, and his own connection to the mob [Exclusive Video Interview]

Production designer Bob Shaw reveals, “We had 295 locations and we built 28 sets” for “The Irishman.” Upon first reading Steven Zaillian‘s script for Martin Scorsese‘s gangland epic, it was “quite clear how expansive the project was, and not only how many locations there were and how many things that had to be found, but often what a brief period of time we would spend in any of these given locations.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Shaw above.

The Netflix release tells the true story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a working class truck driver who became a hit man in league with Teamsters honcho Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and Mafia bigwig Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci). Spanning the late 1940s through the early 2000s, the film was a daunting challenge for any designer, especially considering the number of sets needed for the three-and-a-half-hour saga. “We would find something
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