Welcome to Art Departmental! We celebrate the art of production design.
In short, Art Departmental is a website dedicated to the art and craft of production design for film and television. It is our attempt to get others excited about production design while learning what we do in the art department, why we do it, and how we do it so well. If you’d like to learn more about Art Departmental and our goals, read on!
ABOUT ART DEPARTMENTAL
What is Production Design?
Production design in simple terms is the architecture, interior design, graphic design, and art seen on screen in film and television.
Every single color, set, location, hand prop, or piece of lighting and furniture that you see on screen has been carefully selected or designed to enhance the plot, character arc, and overall tone- creating a cohesive visual story.
What you see in your favorite film or television show was most likely not found like that. This is the work of the production designer. This role is not to be mistaken for the work of the art director who works with the production designer to manage the art department and implement the production designer’s vision.
The director, cinematographer, and production designer work very closely together to decide the overall look and feel of a project. While the director may hold the ultimate vision for a project and the cinematographer decides how best to light and shoot that project, the production designer decides what appears on screen- minus the actors and their wardrobe. The production designer does this with the help of a large, highly skilled crew, including the art department, a set decorator, property master, construction coordinator and key scenic painter among many, many others.
For more information on production design and the art department, you might just have to read our blog posts as much as possible for best results. 😉
What Is Our Mission?
At Art Departmental, our mission is to create inspired content, provide quality resources, and connect film and television industry creatives in a constructive environment. We are building an art department community around the idea that production design matters.
From the interior design enthusiast, to the practicing architect, to the cinephile or fan, Art Departmental aims to make accessible a thorough understanding of production design and the art department for all whom are interested.
It’s really simple: inspired content + quality resources + community connection = thorough understanding for all
Who Are ‘We’?
The royal “we” is really just our founder and editor, Rose Lagacé. To learn more about Rose and her art department journey, click here. In addition to Rose, we have various assorted contributors who we reach out to occasionally for insightful new content. If you are interested in contributing to our site, let us know here. We are also in the process of adding dynamic new interns to our team three times a year which you can read about here.