About Rose

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 professionals, technicians, fans, and creatives alike since 2009.

I’m a genuine cinephile on a mission to watch as many films as I can every year, sometimes for research but often for fun. More about me? I adore elaborate European vacations, brutalism, absurdist stand-up and sketch comedy, stories about working-class heroes and outcasts, and lastly, creativity whenever, wherever, and in whatever form I can find it. Not all at once, but I’m sure I might love that 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 madly in love with my job as a production designer, and I hope I can glean some light on this exciting profession.

This website was founded at a point when I felt helpless and alone with very few mentors to be found. These days, I don’t have this issue; my mentors are successful and plentiful, but I will never forget those early days. I am now determined that no one starting out in the art department ever feels as alone on their journey as I did.

If you can’t find a mentor, at least you’ll have me. You’ll have this website to point you in the right direction. That’s what I want for you and for everyone who is confused about their way forward. Let me help you.

I thank you for coming along for the ride, and I genuinely look forward to learning and growing together with all of you.

Official Bio

Rose Lagacé is a production designer based in Toronto, Canada. She 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 those early days, 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.

Most recently, Rose made the jump to designing for television. She had the privilege of designing for the award-winning, critically acclaimed series the Baroness von Sketch Show for IFC and CBC and the progressive new sketch comedy show TallBoyz, helmed by Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch for CBC. Her latest project is the crime thriller series Blood and Water: Fire + Ice.

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

  1. Scenes From A Marriage
  2. Raging Bull
  3. A Woman Under the Influence
  4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  5. Do the Right Thing

All-Time Top Five Wes Anderson Films

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Rushmore
  3. The Royal Tenenbaums
  4. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox

All-Time Top Five Filmmakers

  1. Ingmar Bergman
  2. Sam Peckinpah
  3. John Cassavetes
  4. Martin Scorsese
  5. Spike Lee

 

 

 

All-Time Top Five Production Design

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Playtime
  4. The Conformist
  5. Metropolis

All-Time Top Five Bruce Springsteen Songs

  1. Born to Run
  2. Thunder Road
  3. My City of Ruins
  4. I’m on Fire
  5. Brilliant Disguise (Live Solo Acoustic underlined)

 

Connect with Rose

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