65 Days Later….it’s finished and online for all to read. Over the course of writing this diary, it has very much turned into a Handbook for Production Design – real advice put to the test with real experience. I encourage anyone to look back at a job, to remember and evaluate all the good, the bad and the uglies – it’s a liberating experience and teaches you so much about yourself, the way you work and how we can always improve. There is so much to discover about Production Design but I hope for all those studying and just starting out, this is the most honest, explanatory and passionate accounts of one the best jobs in the world! Click here to read it.
**With special thanks to the David Lean Foundation for supporting this project**
Just taken part in the BBC Academy Design Trainee Scheme application process – working with 2 other industry professionals, we spent 3 days looking through 337 submitted portfolios to get down to the final 20 for the next interview stage. Great experience and what a wealth of diverse talent out there! Good luck to everyone who applied. And if you have questions about how to pursue a career in design in film & TV, please listen to my podcast for the BBC’s College of Production, talking alongside Costume Designer Howard Burden and Make-Up Designer Catherine Scoble: listen here.
Now online is The Still Life Experience – here you’ll find posted weekly a very unusual diary of life in the Art Department on my current project ‘Still Life’. But unlike Chic Fun Gory Silly this is written entirely by the work experience volunteers we have each week – the job, unedited, through their eyes. It is an account of what they do and what they learn, intended as a way to share the realities of a first time working experience for other students and graduates. It is also a way to help me and other designers make sure placements are providing an honest real-world insight and the right education of set design. For all those thinking about careers in film & TV Production Design, I hope this inspires you and prepares you for your first steps in the industry.
It all starts in the final weeks of prep, just before tech recces begin…
RANDOM – Winner of Best Single Drama at the 2012 BAFTA TV Awards. Well done to everyone involved, a huge thank you to Debbie, Kate & Polly for giving me the opportunity to work on an inspiring and bold project, and heartfelt gratitude to my team: Set Decorator Jo Berglund, Construction Manager Russ Daly, Character Buyers Beck Rainford, Charlotte Cooke and Fiona Albrow.
Here’s a snapshot of my process as Designer on ‘Still Life’ – the Look Book that is issued to all HoDs and Art Dept. Some ideas have remained from my interview look book but the resources/restraints of the job have led me to a different aesthetic.
My last two jobs ‘Random‘ (Channel 4, dir. Debbie Tucker Green) and ‘Holy Flying Circus‘ (BBC, dir. Owen Harris) have been nominated for a TV BAFTA in the Best Single Drama category – the odds are looking good! Congratulations to everyone involved and especially to my fantastic art departments – I couldn’t have done it without you. Awards are on Sunday 27th May so keep your fingers crossed.