The Art Director’s Guild is Local 800 of IATSE. Local 800 is comprised of Art Directors, Graphic Artists, Illustrators, Matte Artists, Model Makers, Scenic Artists, Set Designers and Title Artists. The guild first started as the Cinemagundi Club in 1924, morphing into the Society of Motion Picture Art Directors in 1937, and became the Art Directors Guild in January 2000. Each year they hold the ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards, celebrating the best in that year’s art department accomplishments.
“Set Decorators are a key member of the design team for film, television and commercials. Working closely with the Production Designer and the Director, the Set Decorator must research, resource, and acquire all the objects required to dress the sets. Typical examples of this set dressing may include furniture, drapery, lighting fixtures, art and other decorative objects. However, the Set Decorator is also charged with large scale items, which could include machinery or robots, sidewalk window dressing, street items (such as street lamps and mailboxes), even rubble and debris!”
“The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada was originally chartered by the American Federation of Labor as the National Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes in 1893. Our name has evolved over the course of 118 years of geographic and craft expansion as well as technological advancement. The current title, adopted in 1995, more accurately reflects the full scope of our activities in the entertainment industry.” IATSE represents over 104,000 members in both Canada and America.
“The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organisation that represents over 3,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the film and television industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian film and television programming.”
“The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA, or NABET is a labor union. It began in 1934 when the Association of Technical Employees (ATE) began representing employees in Television, Radio, Film, and Production. The union’s name changed to NABET in 1940 and was affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1951. In 1994, NABET merged with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and changed its name to NABET-CWA. NABET represents about 12,000 workers organized into about 35 local unions (called locals).”*
BRITISH FILM DESIGNERS GUILD
“The Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) is a non profit organisation aiming to raise the profile of stage and screen design, highlight the creative contribution made by the mise-en-scéne, draw attention to professional standards, encourage young designers and associated professionals in the industry, recognise excellence for outstanding achievements through annual awards, assess and grant APDG accreditation to outstanding Australian designers.”