Category Archives: Production Design

HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Master DOP, Robert Richardson on Production Design

DOP, Bob Richardson on the work of the production designer

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“Good work that people think is the cinematographer’s is often that of the production designer. We light their work, and when their work is beautifully Continue reading

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NEW FEATURE: ‘Set of the Month’ Submissions Now Open For Emerging Production Designers

Set of the Month on Art Departmental

Through Art DepartMENTAL I’ve been able to highlight the work of some extraordinary production designers, but having said that– almost every single one of them have been mid-level or fully established production designers. I’m looking to change that. I want to help showcase the work of tomorrow’s great production designers too.

It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally able to announce that our new ‘Set of the Month’ monthly feature will officially begin January 1, 2015. Submissions are now open as of today at 12pm (noon) EST. Submissions must be emailed to artdepartmental@gmail.com. Please read all submission guidelines and the FAQ before submitting.

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In Production Design The Details DO Matter

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Last night, I was sorting through some old emails I had filed away when I stumbled upon this one my former boss, production designer, and mentor had sent a while back. He sent it to all the creative departments involved with one of the biggest sets we had just finished in our studio parking lot of all places and I was quite moved. See email below, published with permission:

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The 2014 Art Directors Guild Award Winners

The complete list of winners:

CONTEMPORARY FILM

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HER (WINNER) – Production Designer: K.K. Barrett
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – Production Designer: David Gropman
BLUE JASMINE – Production Designer: Santo Loquasto
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Production Designer: Paul Kirby
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Production Designer: Bob Shaw

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[UPDATED WITH WINNERS] OSCARS 2014 COMPLETE LIST: The 86th Academy Award Nominations are…

THE 2014 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

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At 8:30am EST on January 16th, the Academy Award nominees were announced. This year’s ceremony will take place on March 2nd in Hollywood, hosted by the lovely and talented Ellen DeGeneres.

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The Ten Commandments of Production Design

Ten Commandments Of Production Design

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1)    All the camera sees is the last coat of paint.

2)    Don’t cheat (unless you have to).

3)    Signs of protest are best done by amateurs.

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Alex McDowell on Technology

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Alex McDowell at 5D Berlinale Presentation

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“We’re in 100 percent digital film space now. I think the industry has to accept that this is like the transition to talkies — it’s massive and it’s game-changing and it’s happening.  Continue reading

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The Master: Below the Line Interview

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The Master- Paul Thomas Anderson

THE INTERVIEW

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Check out this below the line interview for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master with Production Designers, Jack Fisk & David Crank; Costume Designer, Mark Bridges and Editor, Leslie Jones.

Source: The Hot Button DP30 Series

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Art DepartMENTAL’s Top 10 Best Production Design of 2011

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Art DepartMENTAL'S 2011 Top 10 Best Production Design

After some long and hard deliberations I have pared down what are, in my opinion, the top 10 best production designed/art directed films of 2011. In the end, given the subjectivity of film in general,  all this means is these were my favourite designs. Going through the many films I had on my list I was awestruck at the diversity, styles and overall quality of so many of the films. 2011 was really a banner year for production design the way I see it. Last year, I found it easy to just do a top 5 but this year I found it impossible not to do a top 10 and I easily could have made it a top 20.

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What’s in a Meme?

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A meme is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices in this case being the “What People Think I Do” meme. I found it particularly interesting when I started seeing the art department taking part as I do believe people really don’t know what we do. Even major producers don’t know what we do. So I compiled 5 of the memes I felt most related to the art department below:

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