In order to authentically portray the two distinct periods in Anne of Green Gables—A New Beginning, every set was extensively researched and painstakingly recreated by the Production Design crew headed by thespian Sullivan designer, Ray Lorenz. Every subtle detail of color, texture and lighting needed to reproduce a visual sweep in time spanning the late 1890’s to the mid 1940’s, where both of Anne’s stories take place. The set design team examined and took into account the differences in trends, resources, technology and historical advancements that shaped each time period in order to assemble and create each required backdrop and setting. The team also had the challenge of recreating the original sets that were used and made iconic in the Anne of Green Gables trilogy; requiring extremely accurate attention to every pre-existing detail; such as the interiors of Green Gables.
Many of the film’s sets where staged and constructed at the Sullivan Studio and Backlot in Toronto, giving the Production Design team a blank canvas to create their vision of the engaging time period of Anne’s youth. Although the film employed a mixture of sets, actual location photography and “blue and green-screen” CGI technology, each visual backdrop had the task of bringing to life two unique eras in history as seamlessly as if the entire film had been shot on location in a real world that sadly no longer exists.