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.
I would like to share with you a short essay, a hypothetical job want ad really, which I created a while back to try and encapsulate much of the knowledge, experiences and abilities that one who is desirous of being a Production Designer for media design might attain over time. As silly as it reads it serves to remind us of the unique work that we pursue and the bits of knowledge that we acquire along the way in the practicing of our unique profession.
“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!"
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