Category: Art Department 101

A scenic painter prepares his paint and tools in front of an epic landscape backdrop showcasing the Scenic Paint Department Roles

Scenic Paint Department Roles and Responsibilities in Film & Television

Understanding the scenic paint job roles, responsibilities, and hierarchy on any film or television project is very important before starting in the industry.

Architectural Lettering

Learning Architectural Lettering: How to Write Like an Architect

Lately I have put in a valiant effort to change my handwriting permanently to architectural lettering. You too can learn how to change your handwriting.

How to Use a Tape Measure

How to Use a Tape Measure Correctly: Imperial Measurements

Just when you think you know how to use a tape measure it turns out there is a lot more to it that you can use to do faster measurements with ease.

Hail Caesar! / Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh / Set Dec Responsibilities and Set Decoration Department Roles
Hail, Caesar! | Production Design by Jess Gonchor, Set Decoration by Nancy Haigh

Set Decoration Roles, Responsibilities, and Hierarchy in Film & Television

Understanding the set decoration crew roles, responsibilities, and hierarchy on any film or television project is very important before starting in the industry. Read further for North American standards in the set decoration department.

Hail Caesar! / Production Designer: Jess Gonchor / Film Art Department
Hail, Caesar! (2016) | Universal Pictures

Art Department Roles and Hierarchy in Film & TV Production Design

Understanding the art department crew roles and hierarchy on any film or television project is very important before starting in the industry. Read further for North American standards in the art department.

Matthew Clark working away on Doctor Who

Life in a British Art Department for Film and Television

In this interview, graphic designer Matthew Clark discusses what it is like to work in a British art department for film and television.

Production design

10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Film School About Production Design

Here is a list of ten things I wish more production designers and filmmakers knew about production design before they started out in the film and television industry. Unfortunately most film schools don’t teach these things.

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The Psychology of Colour in Cinema

Watch this video explaining the importance of colour in storytelling and an explanation of the psychology behind the choices.

Dr.Strangelove War Room - Perspectives on Production Design
Dr. Strangelove (1964)

DESIGN TALKS: Perspectives on Production Design with Sir Christopher Frayling

Watch this video that lays out essential perspectives on production design theory in this keynote address by professor Sir Christopher Frayling.

Production Design Details - Medal of Honor

Production Design Details Matter: A Story from the Frontline

Have you ever noticed the production design details on a film or television set that moved you in some way or allowed you to tap into a memory? One military consultant did and it moved him to tears.