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We asked our colleagues in the industry to describe their work relationship with production designers.
"We both do a lot of research in the early preparation of the film and are looking at similar elements as we read the script and begin the design process."
"An important thing with 3D is not to get stuck in a bunch of technical aspects that might hinder the creative process."
"The most valuable thing during the collaboration is the time spent together with the designer."
"Studio pictures now require much longer prep and usually involve not only the Director, PD and DP but usually the VFX supervisor weighs in heavily as well".
"When the art director is keyed into the PD’s concepts and viewpoints, the PD is free to focus on the larger task, collaborating with the Director, DP & Locations."
"The art department is like an orchestra, with different players contributing their own harmonious tone and rhythm. In this grand symphony, the production designer creates the melody."
"It's always a journey, and the designer is your captain."
"The specific style and ideas of the production designer and the other keys need to be refined and refined through discussion and trial and error."
"For me, the better the vision is defined the better I can estimate and plan."
"I rather consider myself the guardian of the designer’s work through the post process."
"Working with a production designer always starts with the script and an understanding of the world it suggests."
Lauren Doner Hirn
"Each and every one has his or her own style and design process. Learning to adapt to those needs is a big part of my job."
"A passionate designer can quickly become a tour guide into aspects of the city that are surprisingly foreign to me, despite my experience. "
"I have found that the knowledge and passion has helped me to work alongside many production designers."
Cherish Magennis Hale
"You have to know that your partner will have your back and, more than anything, a relationship between a PD and his or her decorator is a partnership."
"The only way I can start to understand the scale and direction our project is taking is to understand what the production designer is envisioning."
"Good relationships between decorators and designers allow for a degree of unselfconscious experimentation."
"Collaboration for a VFX supervisor is figuring out how to fit in."
"what I truly love and share with the production designer and my fellow crew members is the passion to create something that can only be done as part of a team."
" I do my best work when no one realizes I did anything at all."