The Art of Reality Show Production Design with Production Designer John Janavs

This year, Orange County’s Saddleback College invited guest speaker Production Designer John Janavs, to speak about the art of reality television production design to a group of students. They were kind enough to post it online for all to see. Reality show production design is much more fascinating than I thought it would be.

John Janavs speaks eloquently about how he entered the field of production design, what he looks for when designing a set, how he chooses materials underlying budget limitations, and much more.

This is the single most informative and insightful set of videos I’ve seen all year concerning production design so I suggest you watch carefully and take notes.

Production Designer John Janavs Discusses Reality Television Production Design





Which tip helped you the most? Do you have a better understanding of reality television production design now?

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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. He makes it sound so easy. I’m inspired but skeptical.


    1. Easy it’s not, Pierre, but it is exciting, rewarding, and extremely creative. It sounds easy only after I’ve been doing it for almost 20 years.


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  3. omg these videos may just as well have saved my ass. Just got employed by a major tv channel as a fresh design graduate & thrown in the deep end into reality tv set design – felt I was that close to drowning in it. Thx for posting them up!


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