Process - The images that are the foundation of building a visual world.

When I read a script for the first time I form a fluid world in my imagination. To help translate these ideals I start really rough moodboards thinking about color, attitude art work and textures. Sometimes the projects never take off the ground but I'm left with a collection of photo's that tell a story. Here is one of those collections. As projects develop further these image collections grow. They become more refined, sketches get added, notes from the director layer on top, until we have a production bible that the entire art team can access to understand the visual world we are building. I look forward to sharing more of this process. 

What does a Production Designer do?

I have been in the industry for nearly 10 years and still people ask me what I do. This hypothetical job add written by Thomas Walsh says it all. 

“Wanted, an individual with a Type-A personality and the centered calm of a devote Buddhist. They must be capable of channeling the life experiences, talents and knowledge of an artist, painter, color consultant, writer, forensic researcher, historian, military strategist, digital artist, photographer, sculptor, dramaturge, thespian, humorist, architect, urban-planner, engineer, general contractor, interior designer, draper, furniture mover-fabricator-restorer, blacksmith, armorer, quartermaster, master of business administration, accountant, producer, director, cinematographer, logistics manager, naval architect, teamster, navigator, physicist, anthropologist, archaeologist, biologist, herpetologist, meteorologist, psychologist, sociologist, theologist, zoologist, alchemist, botanist, forester, shaman, wizard (black & white magic), mind reader, master of the Ouija board, raconteur, snake oil salesmen, fisherman, gourmet, baker, bartender, disc jockey, party planner, camp counselor, long-distance-runner and sprinter, diplomat, train conductor, air-traffic controller, choreographer, hotel concierge, code breaker, soldier-sailor-tinker-spy, world builder and most importantly….. Survivor!"

Thomas Walsh is an award-winning production designer who is currently designing the series Longmire. He served as President of the Art Directors Guild from 2003 to 2013 and is a founding co-chair of the its Research Library, Designer Apprenticeship program, and highly regarded Film Society. 

More amazing articles and bits of inspiration can be found on this amazing site and resource http://www.productiondesignerscollective.org