William Cameron Menzies Quote on the Role of the Production Designer

Legendary production designer of Gone With The Wind, William Cameron Menzies describes the various sensibilities he believes a production designer should have.

“He must have knowledge of architecture of all periods and nationalities. He must be able to visualize and make interesting a tenement or a prison. He must be a cartoonist, a costumier, a marine painter, a designer of ships, an interior decorator, a landscape painter, a dramatist, an inventor, a historical and, now, an acoustical expert.”

– William Cameron Menzies

How do you define a production designer? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

  1. …and stay on budget. If not he is finished.


    1. In addition to all of the above, COMMUNICATION! Both with drawings, and verbally. Especially in this world of digital creations.


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