What do I do as a Production designer?

Stage measurements  27'W by 24'D

16 actors on stage

A piano on stage

and a 6 piece band

Spring awakening

  • reading scripts to identify factors indicating a particular visual style;​ considering the production brief, which may be written or oral;

  • meeting the producer and director to discuss concepts and production requirements;

  • researching art history, background politics, historical information and producing design ideas;

  • planning and monitoring the design budget;

  • providing scale drawings or models for studio or theatre sets;

  • producing design ideas for costumes, wigs, props, special effects, make-up and graphics;

  • identifying and assessing potential studios and locations;

  • sourcing appropriate materials and researching effects;

  • presenting ideas to others involved in the production, such as actors and camera operators;

  • researching, estimating and preparing a property list;

  • hiring and managing an art department team or teams (depending on the size of the production);

  • instructing the set construction company, scenic artists and special effects specialists and monitoring their work;

  • liaising with the costume designer and the director of photography, as well as the props, lighting and sound directors;

  • attending progress meetings, rehearsals and filming to advise on visual presentation;

  • checking sets and locations during filming to make sure requirements are met and to deal with any queries.

budget: $3200​​