Hi! I’m Rose Lagacé, a Toronto-based production designer and the editor of Art Departmental.
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 bona fide cinephile who makes it her mission to watch as many movies as she can every year, sometimes for research, but more often for fun. I adore vacations in close vicinity to MCM or Bauhaus buildings, designer shoes, absurdist stand-up comedy, stories about working-class heroes or “weirdos”, and lastly, creativity whenever and wherever I can find it. Not necessarily all at the same time, but that could be great too.
Art Departmental is my attempt to help you get excited about production design while learning what we do in the art department. I am truly, madly, deeply in love with my job as a production designer and I hope I can glean some light on this magical profession.
Along the way, I expect this website will also tell the story of my own career- from my humble beginnings on micro-budget independent films to wherever this daring life in showbiz takes me.
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 on their journey as I did.
I thank you for coming along for the ride, and I genuinely look forward to learning and growing together with all of you.
Rose Lagacé is a production designer based in Toronto, Canada. Rose chose 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 to pursue filmmaking.
Dipping her toes onto various film and television productions as a production assistant allowed Rose to quickly learn the lay of the land and find her calling in the art department. Since those early days, Rose has had the opportunity to production design several independent feature films including the indie gem At Home By Myself… With You, the CFC’s Old Stock, TIFF Official Selection Wet Bum, and the teen hit Almost Adults, which is now available on Amazon Prime Video.
Rose has designed several TV movies including films for CBC, Hallmark, Lifetime, and the Space network. She also production designed Amy Jo Johnson’s comedy feature directorial debut, The Space Between, the dramatic thriller Ordinary Days, a feature film told in three acts by three different directors, as well as, Trouble in the Garden, a story involving the devastating after-effects of the Sixties Scoop.
Most recently, Rose had the pleasure of production designing season four of the award-winning critically acclaimed series, the Baroness von Sketch Show, which will air in Fall 2019 on IFC and CBC.
All-Time Top Five
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 all-time top five, top fives. My answers change regularly depending on my mood. Things that don’t change: my absolute love of High Fidelity and Bruce Springsteen.
All-Time Top Five Films
- Raging Bull
- Scenes From A Marriage
- A Woman Under the Influence
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
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
- Ingmar Bergman
- Sam Peckinpah
- John Cassavetes
- Martin Scorsese
- Francois Truffaut
All-Time Top Five Production Design
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Blade Runner
All-Time Top Five Bruce Springsteen Songs
- Born to Run
- Thunder Road
- My City of Ruins
- I’m on Fire
- Brilliant Disguise (Live Solo Acoustic only)