Art Director

On a really big film, a production designer will become more of an administrator, delegating many of the practical design aspects of the job to the art director. An art director's job is more directly related to the actual construction of the sets. It falls to the art director to make allowances for minor details, such as tweaking to make sure the molding is right. And if the film's director asks for new construction just before the scene is to be shot, the art director should be ready to perform miracles.

It's not a far step from art director to production designer, and on low-budget films, the two jobs are often combined. A solid background in art and construction techniques is needed for both, plus a vision for how the whole design will appear on film.

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