What Is an Art Director?

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In filmmaking, an art director is the person who develops the look, feel and texture of the movie. Learn the importance of meetings between art directors and film directors 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 what an art director does. Their first job is to sit down with the director and maybe even the cinematographer and develop an overall approach to the look and the feel and the texture and the world of the movie. A lot of those discussions start off with just the story.You know what is the story, what's the heart of the story, where does the story go and how does the main character you know represent that. And what are the points and the main character's journey that defines the arc of the film. And the theme of the film. Then out of that becomes you know more specific discussions about how do you implement this, how do you execute this, the DP there is certain things you know he can do that magnify certain emotional needs or issues, he'll probably have an arc with his approach throughout the film. Maybe the lens will start wide as the film evolves it goes to longer lenses. A production designer will you know implement his approach as well to the world. Maybe the world starts off very bright and open and it gradually grows more closer and tighter and confined until the main character ultimately breaks out into freedom, who knows. But those discussions with the director and the DP are is where it all starts with an art director. And those are the most important discussions to have before an art director actually goes and designs the set and the scenes. Once the art director has those discussions, his job is to then implement it. Go to his crew ,his set designers and execute the set, make it come to life.

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