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Set Decorators Discuss Their Role in Film and Television

Design Talks: Three Set Decorators Discuss Their Role in Film and Television

In this video, set decorators George DeTitta, (Birdman), Regina Graves, (The Knick), and David Schlesinger, (Annie), discuss their creative process.


Working in collaboration with directors and production designers, set decorators are key members of the design team for film and television, tasked with converting the blank canvas of the set into a space that feels authentic and believable. They must research, resource, and acquire all of the objects required to dress the sets — from interior items like furniture, drapery, and knickknacks to exterior elements such as street lamps, trashcans, or rubble and debris.

Andrew Jackness, film production designer, leads a discussion with prominent set decorators George DeTitta, SDSA, Birdman (2014); Regina Graves, SDSA, The Knick (Cinemax); and David Schlesinger, SDSA, Annie (2014), about their work and creative process, from preparation to dressing and shooting the sets.

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How would you describe the role of the set decorator? As always, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

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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.

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