Anne M. Strick: All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them
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What does a Production Designer actually do? How do you go about it?
"I'm the point person for the movie's overall look", says Production Designer BILL BRZESKI. "Anywhere from helping pick locations, reflecting time of day, overseeing all the real to virtual scenery and the shape of buildings, to designing an entire world." The title of Production Designer, he says, originated with the movie Gone with the Wind. "Before then, films often had more than one Art Director, and it became custom to name a Supervising Art Director. With William Mendes, on GWTW, that designation became Production Designer."
In movies' early days, he tells, most Art Directors came from the world of architecture. "They had to design schools, buildings, cities." And conversely, some of early Los Angeles architecture was influenced by the fancies of movies the architects worked on -- "castles, witches' cottages, Moorish palaces, world-of-future stuff."
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