ON COLLABORATION

We asked our colleagues in the industry to describe their work relationship with production designers.

COSTUME DESIGNER

COSTUME DESIGNER

Amy Roth

"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."

CONCEPT ARTIST

CONCEPT ARTIST

Christopher Brändström

"An important thing with 3D is not to get stuck in a bunch of technical aspects that might hinder the creative process."

SET DECORATOR

SET DECORATOR

Diana White

"The most valuable thing during the collaboration is the time spent together with the designer."

CINEMATOGRAPHER

CINEMATOGRAPHER

John Schwartzman

"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".

ART DIRECTOR

ART DIRECTOR

Laura Ballinger-Gardner

"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."

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Maki Takenouchi

"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."

LOCATION MANAGER

LOCATION MANAGER

Nick Rafferty

"It's always a journey, and the designer is your captain."

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

Boaz Yakin

"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."

CONSTRUCTION COORDINATOR

CONSTRUCTION COORDINATOR

Conrad​ ​Chitwood

"For​ ​me,​ ​the​ ​better​ ​the​ ​vision​ ​is​ ​defined​ ​the​ ​better​ ​I​ ​can​ ​estimate​ ​and​ ​plan."

VFX SUPERVISOR

VFX SUPERVISOR

Eric Pascarelli

"I rather consider myself the guardian of the designer’s work through the post process."

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

Katherine Dieckmann

"Working with a production designer always starts with the script and an understanding of the world it suggests."

SCENIC CHARGE

SCENIC CHARGE

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."

LOCATION MANAGER

LOCATION MANAGER

Matthew Kania

"A passionate designer can quickly become a tour guide into aspects of the city that are surprisingly foreign to me, despite my experience. "

PICTURE CAR COORDINATOR

PICTURE CAR COORDINATOR

Ted Moser

"I have found that the knowledge and passion has helped me to work alongside many production designers."

SET DECORATOR

SET DECORATOR

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."

PROPMASTER

PROPMASTER

Dean Eilertson

"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."

SET DECORATOR

SET DECORATOR

JoAnne Ling

"Good relationships between decorators and designers allow for a degree of unselfconscious experimentation."

VFX SUPERVISOR

VFX SUPERVISOR

Kevin Blank

"Collaboration for a VFX supervisor is figuring out how to fit in."

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Lillian Heyward

"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."

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Meagan Lee

" I do my best work when no one realizes I did anything at all."