Production Design Week

Crafting Space: Set Design for Film and Television

Melbourne, Australia
October 25
19:00 – 20:00 AEDT
Founders Gallery, Victorian College
234 St Kilda Road, 3006 Melbourne
Have you ever thought about designing a spaceship for the future, or an 1800s shanty from the gold rush era? Do you like imagining spaces but finding the real world too limiting for your creativity? Are you intrigued by the immense world building in cinema and want to be part of it? Learn more about the dynamic role of Set Designer for film and television.

From the production designer’s concept drawings and brief, the set designer creates working drawings (sketches, plans, elevations, sections, 3D models and details), by hand or with CAD, from which studio sets, location builds and specific props are costed and constructed. They work closely with art directors to help supervise construction on the sets they have drawn, ensuring the design objectives are realised.

Join a panel of set designers for film and television as they discuss their pathways into the film industry, the skills they use most at work, how they collaborate with other departments and the future of set design in Virtual Production with the rise of new technologies and Unreal Engine. Our panellists include Wei Guo (Shantaram, New Gold Mountain, Crazy Fun Park); Benjamin Donnelly (Thor: Ragnarok, Godzilla vs Kong, Aquaman); Chisomo Banzi (Nautilus, Young Rock, The Wilds); Kennardi Sebastian (Metropolis) and Amelia Hutchinson (Better Man, Foe, La Brea).

This event will be held in-person and over Zoom, moderated by VCA Master of Production Design Co-ordinator Jo Briscoe. The panellists will showcase their work and share their experiences in the film and television industry, and conclude with a Q&A session. After the panel concludes we will host a social networking event for in-person attendees to connect with our panellists. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

About the Organizer:

The Australian Production Design Guild is a community of designers and design associates who advocate and celebrate the art of visually captivating audiences the world over. The APDG recognise outstanding achievements and excellence in design by granting accreditation and showcasing work at our annual awards ceremony. Through partnerships with education institutes and our unique mentor program, we support and encourage emerging designers.

The Victorian College of the Arts is known internationally as a leading tertiary institution for artistic invention. It has a proven track record of developing the change-makers of the future as evidenced by the achievements of its alumni. The VCA brings together an extensive range of creative disciplines, including Dance, Film and Television, Music Theatre, Design and Production, Theatre and Visual Art. It offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate study and research opportunities as well as short-course programs. The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music is home to both the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, co-located on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.