…in movie terms means the section of a production’s crew concerned with visual artistry.
We gladly fulfill duties in all the following fields of the art department, or put together teams for appropriate duties within the project.
Art direction is the ability to create a visual statement.
In collaboration with the production designer the art director creates the look and feel of the whole film, or for defined sequences of a film – for example if shot in different countries, or in different epoques.
Working in close liaison with set decorators, prop-masters, construction-managers, as well as the locations department, the special-effects, and transportation department, the art director pulls the whole art-department together. This implies control over every visual aspect of a film, including costumes.
The art director keeps track of the art department budget and scheduling as well as overall quality control.
Property masters liaise with directors, production designers and art directors to break down the script, and to determine what props are required, ensuring that they are available on time, and within budgetary requirements.
The propmaster is the person responsible for purchasing, acquiring and/or manufacturing any portable objects on a set, from the books on the book shelf to the box of cereal in the pantry – in case there is no set-decorator in charge of this. He is responsible for all the objects handled by actors themselves or that interact with the actors. This can be everything from a whisk to a computer lap-top or a hot air balloon.
Vehicles, weapons, food styling and animals are directly or indirectly within the property master’s domain. For props that must be made, property masters work closely with carpenters, prop makers, or other artists, to oversee and coordinate the construction and completion of these props.
The set decorator is in charge of the set dressing on a film set, which includes the furnishings, wallpaper, lightning fixtures, and many of the other objects that will be seen in the film.
Props and set dressing often overlap, but are basically provided by different departments. Props are defined as items which are handled directly by actors, and discussions take place between set decorator and the prop master in order to check that everything is being covered.
The set decorator maintains a set dressing budget separate from the set budget or the prop budget and answers directly to the production designer or the art director.
Set construction is the process of building a set for a theatrical, film or television production.
The technical director is the person responsible for evaluating the finished designs from a set designer and considers budget and time limitations. He or she engineers the scenery, has it redrafted for building, budgets time, crew and materials, and liaisons between the designer and the shop.
A scene shop is overseen by a shop foreman or master carpenter, who assigns tasks, and directly supervises carpenters, plasterers, welders, etc. Scenic painting is a separate aspect of scenic construction, although the scenic painter usually answers to the technical director.