Hi! I’m Rose Lagacé, a production designer and filmmaker turned art department blogger based in Toronto, Canada.
I am passionate about bringing insight into the world of production design and the art department for film and television. I’ve been sharing this passion here online with fans and creatives alike since 2009.
I’m also a cinephile who loves designer dresses, holidays wherever I can find great Mid-century modern or Bauhaus architecture, absurd stand-up comedy, and stories about working class heroes and weirdos – not necessarily all at the same time, but that works too. I live in downtown Toronto in the Design District with my incredibly smart and talented friend Samantha and her adorable fluffy cat, Fortinbras.
Art Departmental is my attempt to help others get excited about production design while learning what we do in the art department, why we do it, and how we do it so well. Along the way I expect this website may also tell the story of my own career- from my humble beginnings on micro budget independent films to wherever this daring life takes me. In addition, I believe this blog is a continuation of my own learning process founded at a point when I felt helpless and alone with very few mentors to be found. These days I am determined that no one starting out in the art department ever feel as alone as I did. I’ve spent my entire life trying to express myself visually, and helping others succeed in one form or another, so I think this space reflects that. I thank you for coming along for the ride.
Rose Lagacé is a production designer and aspiring filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada.
Rose made the choice to pursue filmmaking at the age of fourteen and later graduated from Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology having studied film theory and art history before moving to Toronto in 2005.
Dipping her toes onto various film and television productions as a production assistant allowed Rose to find her calling as she became more passionate about production design. Since then, Rose has had the opportunity to design several feature films including the Canadian indie gem At Home By Myself… With You, the Canadian Film Centre’s Old Stock, TIFF 2014 Official Selection Wet Bum, and Almost Adults, which is now available worldwide on Vimeo and Netflix. In addition, she has designed several TV movies including Hallmark’s Love on a Limb, Lifetime’s The Stepchild, and Space’s Mystic. Most recently, Rose has production designed Amy Jo Johnson’s comedy feature directorial debut, The Space Between, and the dramatic thriller Ordinary Days, a feature film told in three acts by three different directors.
I’m a huge fan of the book High Fidelity and the movie of the same name starring John Cusack. Who isn’t, right? Just for fun, here are my top five, top fives. The answers change regularly depending on my mood. Things that don’t change: my absolute love of Annie Hall, Bruce Springsteen, and High Fidelity.
All-Time Top Five Films
- Annie Hall
- Raging Bull
- A Woman Under the Influence
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Scenes From A Marriage
All-Time Top Five Wes Anderson Films
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
All-Time Top Five Filmmakers
- Martin Scorsese
- Woody Allen (pre-1992 underlined)
- Sam Peckinpah
- John Cassavetes
- Ingmar Bergman
All-Time Top Five Production Design
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Blade Runner
All-Time Top Five Springsteen Songs
- Born to Run
- Thunder Road
- My City of Ruins
- I’m on Fire
- Brilliant Disguise (Live Solo Acoustic only)