Hi! I’m Rose Lagacé, a production designer 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 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.
Also, 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 made a 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 quickly find her calling in the art department. Since then, Rose has had the opportunity to production design several feature films including the indie gem At Home By Myself… With You, the Canadian Film Centre’s Old Stock, TIFF Official Selection Wet Bum, and teen hit Almost Adults, which is now available on Netflix.
Also, Rose has designed several TV movies including Hallmark’s Love on a Limb, Lifetime’s The Stepchild, and Space’s Mystic. Recently, she 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.
Currently Rose is hard at work production designing season 4 of the critically acclaimed series, the Baroness von Sketch Show, airing 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)