Production Design Week

Production Design:
A Life-Long Philosophy

New York, USA
October 29
14:30 ET
General Society of Mechanics
20 West 44th Street, 10036 New York , New York
United Scenic Artists Local 829 is proud to present a 2-day seminar dedicated to the art of production design. The event is free and open to USA 829 members - please RSVP to ensure your participation.

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 New York panel will feature production designers Wynn Thomas, David and Karen Gropman, Lilly Kilvert, Patrizia Von Brandenstein, Stuart Wurzel and Kristi Zea, and will be moderated by Kalina Ivanov.

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's other credits include the films “Munich,” “War of the Worlds,” “A.I. Artificial Intelli- gence,” and blockbusters “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park", Back to the Future, Parts II and III". Carter was a key speaker at the Production Designers Gathering, and has been instrumental in connecting colleagues of what he refers to as the "Level 7 club" - our community's legacy mentors.

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.

United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE, is a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists, Craftspeople, and Department Coordinators, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 work in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions.