Obviously the MTV Movie Awards isn’t your average awards show. I don’t think I need to get into the list of reasons why, aside from bringing up my favorite nominations category: Best Jaw Dropping Moment. In addition to our categories setting us apart from the envelope-opening pack, the overall stage design for the show is always an edgy, eye-catching departure from the glitzy, golden themes in shows like the Oscars or Golden Globes.
MTV News’ Josh Horowitz was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the set design and man, is it a doozy. The Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, has been transformed into a wild, jungle-ish fantasyland filled with psychedelic props like caves, butterflies and enough LED lights to make Times Square sizzle.
Executive Producer Mark Burnett told MTV News that the inspiration for the design is “a little bit of a ’Lord of the Rings,’ our nod to that part of the movie industry. … And our production designer, Roy, [this is] his nod to fantasy in the movies.”
Burnett went on to say that given the popularity of fantastical blockbusters like “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “I think there’s been a lot of movies in the last few years that are very fantasy-driven,” he said, adding that the visionary stylings of Tim Burton’s were also sources of inspiration for the stage design.
There are, of course, a variety of ways to interpret the lushness of the design elements. “It could be 4 a.m., you’ve had too much to drink [and] it’s the end of the party,” Burnett playfully suggested.