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(written from a Production point of view)
Sara Gardner-Gail is a set production worker who was the set decoration buyer on 2009's Star Trek. It was her responsibility to locate and then purchase or rent the set dressing. She previously worked with Star Trek director/producer J.J. Abrams, production designer Scott Chambliss, set decorator Karen Manthey, and many other Trek production crew members as a buyer on the 2006 film Mission: Impossible III.
Gardner graduated from the University of Maryland in Baltimore with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video in 1985. Her first work experience in Hollywood came was on the 1987 film Tin Men (featuring Seymour Cassel), on which she coordinated the film's "picture cars" (vehicles that were actually being filmed). She also worked with the picture cars in her next film and was a member of the art department in the John Waters films Hairspray (1988) and Cry-Baby (1990, starring Iggy Pop).
Gardner dressed the sets of such films as The Rocketeer (1991, featuring William Boyett, Max Grodénchik, Darryl Henriques, Clint Howard, Ed Lauter, Terry O'Quinn, Paul Sorvino, and Tiny Ron) and Chaplin (1992). Her first credit as a buyer was the 1993 comedy film Dave, starring Frank Langella. She then worked as a buyer on the short-lived cult science fiction television series Earth 2, whose regular cast included Clancy Brown.
Since her time on Stuart Baird's 1996 action thriller Executive Decision (featuring Len Cariou, Ken Jenkins, Andreas Katsulas, Tim Kelleher, Warren Munson, Richard Riehle, Eugene Roche, and Dey Young), Gardner-Gail has worked almost exclusively as a decoration buyer for Hollywood film sets. Set dressings she either bought or purchased can be seen in such films as Contact (1997), Blast from the Past (1999, for which she was also assistant set decorator), Coyote Ugly (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001, featuring Erick Avari, Anne Ramsay, Freda Foh Shen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and David Warner), The Ring (2002, featuring Shannon Cochran and Richard Lineback), The Haunted Mansion (2003, starring Eddie Murphy and Wallace Shawn), and the 2005 Firefly spin-off film, Serenity (featuring Ron Glass).
Including Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III, Gardner-Gail's most recent film projects have all been for Paramount Pictures. Paramount's Letters from Iwo Jima (2006, featuring Mark Moses), Transformers (2007, written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and featuring Andy Milder, Glenn Morshower, W. Morgan Sheppard, Michael Shamus Wiles, and the voice of Robert Foxworth), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008, featuring Alan Dale and Pavel Lychnikoff) have all employed Gardner-Gail's services.