Introduction to Production Design


Prerequisites: None
Duration: 2 Day
Times: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Capacity: 15 students
Workshop Fee: $199

Looking to work in the art department on a professional set? Learn how to think like a production designer to take a blank canvas and bring it to life!

From Mad Max to Blade Runner, the job of the Production Designer is to deliver the fictional setting of the movie and to bring to life the Director’s creative vision. Learn the various roles and duties of the Production Designer and their key contribution to the visual medium of film.

The Designers decide colour palettes, research era, mood, atmosphere, style, look, they build character back-story, they oversee the key elements of props, set dressing, graphics, hair, make-up and wardrobe, as well as design sets, models, blueprints, and coordinate the work of the various crews (painters, carpenters, model builders, etc.) to ensure successful results. And as with everything on film, delivering on-time and on-schedule is critical.

During this two workshop, students will learn the ins and outs of the art department and engage in practical exercises breaking down scripts as a form of preparation for production. On Day 2, students will build a set and use cameras and monitors to study the frame before the director calls ACTION.

This course will take you through:

  • the various roles within the Art Department
  • the critical relationship with the Director and Producers
  • how to research and develop the era/style/look of the show
  • how to present the look of the show through sketches, mood boards, look-books, prototypes, models, etc.
  • how to break down a script into the various elements
  • key software programs
  • what determines whether to use a live location or a studio set
  • using practical lamps/lighting
  • where, when and how CGI should be used
  • how to budget and effectively apportion the department’s resources
  • how to work with other key departments (particularly Cinematography and Assistant Directing)
  • how to schedule the various crews and elements for successful on-time delivery
  • how to source production elements (set-dressing, props, weapons, etc.)
  • tips and tricks to make life easier on set (gimbals, mirrors, greeking, dulling spray and much more!)
The course will also cover how to get into the Art Department and required experience, background and skills.

Cancellation: Please note we have a strict, full fee 48-hour cancellation policy. If we receive your cancellation notice less than 48-hours before your workshop begins, you will not be issued a refund. A $30 administration fee will apply to all other cancellations.

Rebooking may be done at no cost provided 72 hours notice. Less than 72 hours notice will result in a $25 rebooking fee.

This workshop is for informational purposes only.