The production designer is the person in charge of the art of a movie. On smaller productions, this term might be used interchangeably with that of art director. The production designer works under the director and with the director of photography to develop the look of a film. Production designers control the dressing of the set, wardrobe, props, and other artistic elements of the film.
- The position of production designer…is often used interchangeably with that of art director,…and it's a position that's often neglected…on low budget short film sets.…The production designer works with the director and the DP…to create the visual look and feel of the set.…If a director wanted to make a movie set…in 18th century Vienna,…or in a dusty future apocalypse,…the production designer would be responsible…for figuring out what that looks like,…so that the hair, wardrobe, houses,…forks, cars, or whatever,…all belong together and help to create that world.…
The production designer begins working during pre-production…on creating the look of the film,…since much of their work requires research and prep time.…Technically, we didn't have an art director…on The Assurance.…My wife Heather and I filled those roles.…I personally haven't run into many production designers…in the independent Seattle film scene,…but Heather and I love working together on creating looks…and styles for the sets in our film,…so we thought we'd handle it.…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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