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. More about me: I adore vacations in close vicinity to MCM or Bauhaus buildings, absurd stand-up and sketch comedy, stories about working-class heroes and outcasts, 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. She 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.
Rose quickly learned the lay of the land and found her calling in the art department. Since then, she has had the opportunity to design several feature films including the indie gem At Home By Myself With You, CFC’s Old Stock, TIFF Official Selection Wet Bum, teen hit Almost Adults, and Amy Jo Johnson’s comedy feature directorial debut, The Space Between. She is also proud of designing the unique three part dramatic thriller Ordinary Days, the sweet romantic comedy Getting to Know You, a timely thriller about extremism named Hysteria, as well as Trouble in the Garden, a story involving the devastating after-effects of the Sixties Scoop. While Rose loves designing indie films that inspire her, she also enjoys her work on TV movies including films for CBC, Hallmark, Lifetime, OutTV and the Space network.
Most recently Rose made the jump to production designing various television series. She had the pleasure of designing the award-winning critically acclaimed series, the Baroness von Sketch Show for IFC and CBC, and the hilarious new sketch comedy show TallBoyz helmed by Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch for CBC. Her most recent project is the latest season of the crime thriller series Blood and Water for OMNI.
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
- Scenes From A Marriage
- Raging Bull
- A Woman Under the Influence
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Do the Right Thing
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
- Spike Lee
All-Time Top Five Production Design
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Blade Runner
- The Conformist
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 underlined)