The Art of Reality Television Production Design

This year, Orange County’s Saddleback College invited guest speaker Production Designer, John Janavs, to speak about the art of reality television production design to a group of students. They were kind enough to post it online for all to see. John Janavs speaks eloquently about how he entered the field of production design, what he looks for when designing a set, how he chooses materials underlying budget limitations and more. This is the single most informative and insightful set of videos I’ve seen all year concerning production design so I suggest you watch carefully and take notes. Enjoy!







Which tip helped you the most? Do you have a better understanding of television production design now?


Rose XO.




Filed under Art Department Tips, Art Direction, Production Design, TV Sets

4 responses to “The Art of Reality Television Production Design

  1. He makes it sound so easy. I’m inspired but skeptical.

    • John

      Easy it’s not, Pierre, but it is exciting, rewarding, and extremely creative. It sounds easy only after I’ve been doing it for almost 20 years.

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  3. Amy

    omg these videos may just as well have saved my ass. Just got employed by a major tv channel as a fresh design graduate & thrown in the deep end into reality tv set design – felt I was that close to drowning in it. Thx for posting them up!

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