Production Design Week

Production Design:
A Life-Long Philosophy

Los Angeles, USA
October 21
13:00 PST
The Mark Goodson Screening Room on the AFI Campus
2021 N. Western Avenue, 90027 Los Angeles
* Please note: the event is now sold out. To be added to the waiting list email the IPDW team at

Steven Spielberg once told an audience of filmmakers, “I’ve always maintained that after the writers, the production designers have the second vision for the film…They just don’t get enough credit for it.”

Who better to illuminate the art and philosophy of production design than a panel of distinguished designers who are now over 70 years old and have been creating cinematic art for many decades? Their collective perspective provides an in-depth, expansive and even soulful look into what it is to have the artistic vision for a film and to realize that vision. This discussion won’t be only a re-telling of old war stories, but also a lively expression of their combined intellectual and emotional perspectives, talents, where-with-all, tenacity and incisive wit that has gone into the creation of this generation's incredible collection of films.

This Los Angeles panel will feature production designers Jim Bissell, Bo Welch, Dennis Gassner, Jack Fisk, Jeannine Oppewall and K.K. Barrett and will be moderated by Rick Carter.

About the Organizer:

Rick Carter won Academy Awards for the production design of James Cameron’s “Avatar” and for his historical production design of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Carter also received Oscar nominations for his work on Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump” and Steven Spielberg’s epic “War Horse.” Carter has collaborated with Spielberg on diversely set films “Munich,” “War of the Worlds,” “A.I. Artificial Intelli- gence,” and blockbusters “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Recently, he collaborated with Spielberg on “The BFG”, “The Post,” and his auto-biographical film “The Fabelmans.” Carter has also designed Zemeckis’ movies “The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Death Becomes Her” and “Back to the Future, Parts II and III.” More recently, Carter co-production designed “Star Wars – The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars - The Rise Of Skywalker” with director JJ Abrams.

Kalina Ivanov most recently designed the upcoming film 'The Boys In The Boat' directed by George Clooney. This is their second collaboration after the film 'The Tender Bar'. Prior to that, Ivanov designed the award-winning HBO series 'Lovecraft Country', created by Misha Green, and produced by Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams, for which she received her second Art Directors Guild Awards nomination. In addition, she earned a Primetime Emmy Award and Art Directors Guild Award for designing the HBO film Grey Gardens, directed by Michael Sucsy. Most recently, Ivanov has lent her talents to the films 'Wonder' directed by Stephen Chbosky; 'Long Shot' directed by Jonathan Levine; and the Oscar - nominated feature 'Little Miss Sunshine'. Ivanov is a co-founder of the Production Designers Collective and on the board of the Sofia Independent Film Festival. She is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Design branch.

Astek On Air Design is the entertainment industry’s leading provider of digitally printed wallcoverings, flooring, grand-format prints, signage, window graphics, and more. The studio's diverse team is made up of the very best design and technical talents in the print and wallcovering industry. On Air is a union signatory shop and proud affiliate of IATSE Local 729 and Local 800.