production design role


  • Defining and managing every visual aspect of a film
  • Working with the Director and Producer to produce a budget and schedule
  • Directing the team responsible for producing the visual elements e.g., sets, costumes and props

A production designer helps the director define and what you can see in the film, the designer also chooses the locations which would fit the film best, and also helps write the script and speaks to the director about any changes within the shot that will be made e.g CGI and also how the film is going to be shots along with any themes that run through.

They also research sources from the internet, books, photos and paintings to help show that what is being filmed is more realistic.

examples of production designers

  • Rick Carter- Back to the Future Parts II & III, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Cast Away, The Polar Express, Munich, Avatar, Sucker Punch, War Horse
  • Bo welch- Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Men in Black, Wild Wild West, Men in Black II, Land of the Lost, THOR
  • Rick Heinrichs- Planet of the Apes, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest & At World’s End, Captain America: The First Avenger, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie
  • Grant Major –  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Green Lantern
  • J. Michael Riva- Django unchained, the amazing spider man, iron man/ 2, spiderman 3, the pursuit of happyness.
  • Catherine Martin – Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia, The Great Gatsby

How to become a production designer

  • a flair for generating original creative ideas.
  • the ability to communicate ideas through technical drawing and model making.
  • a good working knowledge of the visual arts and production processes.
  • a critical view of film, television or theatre and familiarity with the work of specific designers.



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