Art DepartMENTAL… because ART DIRECTION MATTERS
Art DepartMENTAL exists to prove art direction matters. We are a website about art direction dedicated to educating and inspiring film and television fans and professionals; the green and the jaded alike.
Creator | Writer | Editor-in-Chief
Rose Lagace is an art department professional for film and television, and a filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Currently she is developing her first short film as writer/director with Collective Friction. She is also directing her first feature documentary concentrating on art direction and the fascinating creative personalities found in art departments everywhere.
As a production designer, Rose has designed and art directed over forty projects to date. Her designs have screened all over the world and at many major film festivals. In 2010 she was the recipient of three ‘Best Production Design’ awards for the film, Patient, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not designing Rose can also be found in the art department as a coordinator.
Rose is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and has collaborated in various capacities with several top film, television, and media companies including: NBC Universal, Fox Searchlight, Revolver, the Canadian Film Centre, Bravo, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Toronto Star, Sun Media Corporation, CTVglobemedia and the National Film Board of Canada.
Contributing Writer- Toronto | Researcher
Alison graduated from the Media Arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada this past year. During her time at school, she art directed numerous student films while volunteering as a set dresser and props assistant on non-union productions. The art department is a natural fit for Alison given her passion for graphic design, theatre, film, and interior design.
Most recently, Alison has joined the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) in the art department and spent her summer working as an Art Department Trainee on various shows shooting in Toronto. She hopes to continue working in the art department and gain more knowledge about every aspect of her craft.
Contributing Writer- Los Angeles
Monica Sotto is an Art Director, Art Department Coordinator and avid #artdept tagger born and based in Los Angeles. She studied film production at the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts (then School of Cinema-Television), where her love for art direction was honed and implemented in student, then professional production work. She found that art direction melded two of her favorite worlds together – fine art and film.
She currently works in both the union and non-union production worlds as a freelancer and as a member of the Art Directors Guild and IATSE Local 871. Previous motion projects also took her to Chicago and San Francisco – she looks forward to the next opportunity to work outside of California’s borders.
Monica also maintains the site eldestandonly.com, where she writes about design, and the occasional love letter to art direction found in film, television, theater and music events.
Contributing Writer- London
Film design geek and full-time DeLorean evangelist. Lover of industrial design, constructivism, mid-century interiors, brutalism, ceramic tiling and the works of Giugiaro.
Matthew’s art department specialty is SketchUp digital previs, both for sets and props, and either as plans or rendered images. He also makes excellent tea. Matt has a BA in Film and Television Production, and slightly less uselessly is a graduate of Terry Ackland-Snow’s Art Direction program at FDi Pinewood and a BFDG Affiliate. Represented by Sara Putt Associates, he also has experience with white model making – both practical and digital, draughting, graphics, set dressing. With a background in both propmaking and carpentry, Matt is well versed in the processes of getting things made as well as a deft hand with Photoshop and Illustrator.
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“This week I had the chance to discover Art DepartMENTAL and I just dived into it for hours. It’s an incredibly rich website that should interest anyone receptive to visual inspiration and solid content… Art DepartMENTAL is the first website that I really enjoyed with such a specific angle.”
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” ‘Art DepartMENTAL’ – an absolutely wonderful name for a blog detailing what actually goes on deep in the bowels of the Art Department… Art Department takes care of the sets. Headed by a Production Designer, the Art Department designs, builds, paints the sets on stage or on location, among other things. A couple of people make the decisions, while an army of carpenters, painters, and floor people (carpets, phony hardwood, linoleum, and tile veneer) do the work. Other than a stand-by painter on hand for any last-minute painting or aging of the set, the Art Department is usually gone by the time the actors, director, and the rest of the first unit crew arrive to shoot the scenes. Art DepartMENTAL takes you into that world.”
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“Because art direction matters,” is the tagline of Art Departmental and the greatest reason you should start reading this site. It’s chock full of interviews, case studies (called “production design porn”), and generic industry advice. But you don’t need me to tell you that — once you go visit and see the pretty pictures yourself, you’ll get sucked in.”