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Job Title: Production Designer, Job Title: Production Designer, Commercials, Job Title: Art Director

Remove the actors from the set, and everything else you see falls under the direction of the Art Department. Responsibilities vary according to the size and scope of a production, with smaller projects requiring that one person fill several positions. Those positions include:

  • • Production Designer: conceptualize and design the project's total look.
  • • Art Director: oversee the conversion of artistic vision into physical reality.
  • • Assistant Art Director: more than just an assistant, the assistant art director is assigned responsibility for various areas of the art director's duties.
  • • Set Designer: give design input and draft the plans used to build the set.
  • • Art Department Coordinator: manages the art department office and budgets.
  • • Model Builder: build scale models of sets for approval prior to construction.
  • • Construction Coordinator: oversee the carpenters who actually build the set.
  • • Set Decorator: create and/or locate all the furnishings necessary to dress the set.
  • • Leadman: manage the set dressers.
  • • Set Dressers/Swing Gang: move, place, pack, and store the set furnishings.
  • • On-Set Dresser: maintain continuity of the set during filming.
  • • Shopper: do the legwork of finding the props or furniture items the Set Decorator needs.
  • • Propmaster: find and maintain those props that the actors will handle.
  • • Prop Man: distribute and collect the hand props to the actors for each scene.
  • • Propmaker: create or alter those props that cannot be rented or purchased.
  • • Storyboard Artist: convert the director's, art director's, or production designer's vision into a sequence of sketches that guide the rest of the crew to achieving a cohesive presentation.
  • • Greensman (Nursery): provide, place, and maintain real or artificial plants and flowers.
  • • Food Stylist: provide any food or drink that will be used or shown during a scene.

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