Heading towards the apocalypse with Jonas Akerlund and Madonna

Research starts up as Jonas Akerlund and I start looking for the perfect setting to tell the story. Jonas knew he wanted an apocalyptic narrative, but what form was that to take?  Inside, outside, personal, global... the car starts driving and we put miles on the odometer searching for the perfect locations

Research starts up as Jonas Akerlund and I start looking for the perfect setting to tell the story. Jonas knew he wanted an apocalyptic narrative, but what form was that to take?  Inside, outside, personal, global... the car starts driving and we put miles on the odometer searching for the perfect locations

Judy Garland's abandoned mansion in Beverly Hills came to our attention.  I had just driven past the boarded up mansion and asked our scout Bruce, if he could investigate further.

Judy Garland's abandoned mansion in Beverly Hills came to our attention.  I had just driven past the boarded up mansion and asked our scout Bruce, if he could investigate further.

Inside the former Hollywood film stars home we discovered sad stories.

Inside the former Hollywood film stars home we discovered sad stories.

And still, you can find beauty in it.

And still, you can find beauty in it.

Distress and abandonment though, took us to so many locations across Los Angeles.  The search was intense and full of beautiful moments - an art director's dream palette.  But we still couldn't find the right setting. 

Distress and abandonment though, took us to so many locations across Los Angeles.  The search was intense and full of beautiful moments - an art director's dream palette.  But we still couldn't find the right setting. 

Until we took it outside to an abandoned steel mill.

Until we took it outside to an abandoned steel mill.

Jonas, the director knew exactly what he wanted, now I had to get it done.

Jonas, the director knew exactly what he wanted, now I had to get it done.

Feeling overwhelmed are we?

Feeling overwhelmed are we?

So, we start with the mood boards.

So, we start with the mood boards.

And so with scenic paint, hammers, an amazing crew and a ton of props, we were off!  A couple of days to install and we had the groundwork for the set for Ghost town. 

And so with scenic paint, hammers, an amazing crew and a ton of props, we were off!  A couple of days to install and we had the groundwork for the set for Ghost town. 

Christian and I looking our glamorous selves in our hard hats and safety jackets. 

Christian and I looking our glamorous selves in our hard hats and safety jackets. 

Carefully selected props found in antique shops and collector's vaults across Los Angeles and some from New York.  The artist also brought a selection of meaningful personal props.

Carefully selected props found in antique shops and collector's vaults across Los Angeles and some from New York.  The artist also brought a selection of meaningful personal props.

i loved our tango floor that was laid piece by piece through the night.

i loved our tango floor that was laid piece by piece through the night.

One of the most hard working and talented women in the arts, it was an honor to work on the project.

One of the most hard working and talented women in the arts, it was an honor to work on the project.