Production designers are responsible for the visual concept of a film, television or theatre production. They identify a design style for sets, locations, graphics, props, lighting, camera angles and costumes, while working closely with the director and producer.
Production Design in Film
You will be selecting a film or TV show that has a very strong production design for which you will be able to get screen shots, images, etc. Some films or shows will have a unified and distinct production design for the entire thing. However, some are divided up into distinct moods such as Game of Thrones and each of the Kingdoms. You may select a specific scene location or character to focus on if there are distinct moods. For example- you may choose the Kingdom of the North and the Wall.
Create a Google Doc called Design Production which will be submitted to the Google Classroom.
Address the following topics in relation to production you choose. Be concise but in depth. Use only your own words and thoughts. Include visual examples for each of the 5 sections. This could be photos and/or videos. Explain each image (what it is showing). Aim for at least 4 images per section.
1. Production Design Goal
Explain the overall mood and goal of the production design for this particular film. Are they trying to represent a specific character? Perhaps a struggle in the plot? This is the most important section. If it's wrong, the rest of your assignment will be wrong :0
For example: In Batman Forever the mood was gritty and dark and the production design team's goal was to reflect each character's specific personality traits and storyline. Catwoman's personality transformation was reflected in the transformation of her apartment from innocent, pink, and ordinary to dark, broken, and gritty. etc.
2. Setting and Props
Sets: Landscapes, Cityscapes, Exteriors of Buildings, Interior spaces including furniture and accessories. How do these choices support the production design goal? In Marie Antoinette they wanted to visually communicate opulence and greed and did that by filming scenes at Versailles. We can see elaborate silk and brocade fabric, gilded objects, ornate woodwork, crystal chandeliers etc. These things are well above and beyond what an ordinary person would have in present or past.
Sometimes characters have objects they carry or things in the scene that help to define them. A character who feels alone and isolated may always appear in large rooms with oversized furniture and accessories to emphasize their diminutiveness.
3. Lighting and Director of Photography work
Time of day, mood lighting in various scenes, areas highlighted with light. How do these choices support the production design goal? Warm lights to communicate intimacy and connection vs cool lights which can emphasize isolation, or coldness and uncaring or unfeeling in a character or location.
4. Costumes and Makeup
How the colors, textures, makeup, clothing and hair styles represent the individual characters? Observe extras as well.
5. Color palette
What is the overall color palette of the production (or scene)? Explain how this color palette reflects the Production Design Goal. Create a color palette in Photoshop and include it with your explanation along with a screen shot of a scene that demonstrates the color palette.