Art Department


Art Department members are responsible for the visual artists and storytellers, who, in consultation primarily with the director, create and develop the overall look, atmosphere and emotion that move the story. They do this through the conception and creation of stage sets and the selection and alteration of practical locations and backgrounds. They also collaborate with the visual effects team and provide the designs necessary to maintain a coherent blend between the look of the production, cinematography and the post-production visual effects footage.

Art Department members are more than just motion picture architects and engineers who build sets. They are involved in the overall production design and/or selections of visual effects, lighting, props and set dressing. They communicate regularly with producers, directors and cinematographers and collaborate consistently with the second unit, stunts, special effects and numerous other departments. They also provide all necessary backgrounds and ensure that all sets are well photographed and contribute to the totality of the film.

Production Designer

Production designer is a term used in the movie and television industries to refer to the person responsible for the overall look of a filmed event such as films, TV programs, music videos or adverts. Production Designers have one of the key creative roles in the creation of motion pictures and television. Working directly with the director and producer, they must select the settings and style to visually tell the story.

Art Director

The art director works with the production designer to implement the scenic elements of that vision. They supervise set construction and painting, as well as modifications to existing locations, such as changing signs or installing new carpet. An art director has myriad specialists reporting to them including the Construction Department which includes carpenters, painters, plasterers, riggers and other trades and Propmakers, greensmen (landscapers), sign painters, and scenic artists.

Set Decorators

The set decorator is responsible for finding decorative items for the sets such as furniture, wallpaper, knick-knacks and lighting fixtures. Working under the decorator are buyers as well as a crew of set dressers who bring the items to the set, arrange furniture, hang curtains and “dress” the set.


The following members of the Art Department are available to provide CineMasters classes. For a list of credits, courtesy of IMDb, please click on the link.

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Terry Ackland-Snow Kavanagh QC*; Batman IMDb Credits
Richard Bridgland Tsunami: the Aftermath; Richard III (1995) IMDb Credits
Allan Cameron The Da Vinci Code; Highlander IMDb Credits
Alan Cassie The Queen's Sister; Dragonslayer IMDb Credits
Giles Masters Shanghai Knights; Stargate IMDb Credits
Peter Murton Superman II and III; Death on the Nile IMDb Credits
Kevin Phipps Troy; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory IMDb Credits
Malcolm Stone Lady Chatterley; The Dark Crystal IMDb Credits

*some episodes only


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