Richard Wright began designing with David Gordon Green’s debut film “George Washington“ and has continued to work on many of his films including the latest, “Our Brand is Crisis,“ and the upcoming TV show “Vice Principles.“ Other work includes Craig Zobel’s “Great World of Sound,“ Ramin Bahrani’s “Chop Shop,“ and Jeff Nichols’ “Mud.“
Some days I wish my department could read my mind. Most days it’s probably for the best that they can’t…and best they don’t have to dig through the jumble of conflicting ideas that tumble around in there.
The film design process for me is more often than not a process of gradual discovery. Whether it’s a yet to be found location, unapproved budget, or existing scene that is promised to shortly be rewritten, there are always unknowns preventing future plans from being much more than assumptions.
With a shortage of time and a valuable team of artists on the clock, you have to “feed the monster.” So when it comes to communicating plans, designs, desires and up to date news: the faster and more widespread the communication is, the better. Of course everybody wants the information NOW and nobody wants to be the last to know.
In the past few years, Dropbox has become an invaluable tool for my team. My first recorded bits of information on any project now begin collecting there and continue to be added and edited throughout the entire process. Research photos and documents, reference photos, location photos, sketches and drawings, graphic files, breakdowns and the latest script notes can all reside there as they develop and even remain for reshoots many months later. All relevant crew can be given full or specific access as needed.
It allows me to collect thoughts as they come to me and keeps them available to be conveniently recalled at any time. It’s there for everybody to access and continue the collaboration when I’m not immediately available. And it is the ultimate notepad when an idea occurs in the middle of the night.
With all the meetings, scouts, napkin sketches, impromptu brainstorm sessions, emails, texts, rainbow colored scripts and endless department chatter…there is a whole lot of information floating around out there. And a lot can be forgotten, misinterpreted or become outdated fast. By collecting a universally accessible and collaborative store of maintained, up-to-date documents and files, Dropbox has brought a versatile and “concrete” communication platform to my department. It saves a lot of ink too.
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