Welcome to Art Departmental! We celebrate the art and craft of production design.
Art Departmental is a website dedicated to the art and craft of production design for film and television. We attempt to get you excited about production design while learning what we do in the art department and how we do it so well.
In our tenth year writing about the world of production design and the art department we are so excited to be unveiling more content, more features, and more resources than ever before. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter in the sidebar to stay up to date with everything we have in store for you.
What is Production Design?
What you see in your favourite film or television show was most likely not found like that. This is the work of the production designer. Every single set, location, colour, pattern, texture, graphic, hand prop, or piece of practical lighting and furniture that you see on screen is carefully designed and selected to enhance the plot, character arc, and overall tone- creating a cohesive visual story.
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 of the whole project and the cinematographer chooses how best to light and shoot that project, the production designer designs what appears on the screen- the visual world of the project.
The production designer does this with the help of a large, highly skilled crew, the first of which is the art department. They also work side by side the set decoration team, property department, locations department, construction and paint teams, and visual effects department to realize each world you see on screen.
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At Art Departmental, our mission is to celebrate production design. We create inspirational and informative content, provide quality resources, and connect film and television industry creatives in a positive and constructive environment. We are building an art department community around the idea that production design matters.
We also aim to make accessible a thorough understanding of production design and the art department for all who are interested, from the interior design enthusiast to the practicing architect, to the cinephile or fan.
Our mission is simple:
- Inspirational and informative content casting a spotlight on production design
- Quality educational resources for film and television art department and filmmakers
- Community connection for all who are interested in production design, the art department, and filmmaking at large
Who Are We?
The royal “we” is often just our founder, editor, and working production designer Rose Lagacé. To learn more about Rose and her art department journey, click here.
In addition to Rose, we have 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.
Connect with our Community
We care about production design, and we hope you do too. We love talking shop in our art department forum group and on our Facebook page. Sharing content for and about creatives and engaging with you on Twitter and Instagram brings us so much joy. If you ever have a question, a comment, an experience to share, come by and let us know. Never be afraid to say hello!