What Does a Set Designer Do?

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A set designer and a production designer are essentially the same thing, which means creating the world that the film takes place in. Discover why a good set designer should be a craftsman with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, my name is Jared Drake and I'm going to talk to you about set designers. Typically a production designer and a set designer are the same thing. A production designer is in charge of the world. How this is the world created; it's a, it's huge creative part of the process with the director and the cinematographer. Those three typically develop the look of the film, the feel of the film; how that look evolves throughout the story. The set designer is in charge of executing the production designer's intentions. They put up walls, they put up fake walls, they put up, they go and buy couches stated by, whatever the set needs, they paint the set; do anything to the set that, that they think will serve the production designer and the director's vision. A good set designer is a craftsman. They have resources to you know, flats tib to wood, they know how to build stuff, they know how to hang stuff and at the same time they're an artist. They know how to paint things, they know how to shape things and give things an overall emotional texture while using, you know, the world that we live in. You know, the rooms that you're in, the houses that you're in; they create a piece of art out of the room you're in that serves the story and what the director and production designer come up with.

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