Would you say you need any specific training for what you do?
There are many different elements which go into making a television show or film, so an ability to collaborate and good communication is vital. We are constantly collaborating with a range of different departments, such as prop makers, painters and construction. Making sure that everyone is on the same page is essential.
I started working in the film industry after doing a BA in graphic design, which has been very useful. I don’t think it’s vital to have a formal education in graphic design; I know plenty of people working in graphics who started out in different departments and have learnt on the job. However, I do think it is helpful to have an understanding of the main principles of graphic design, such as layout, typography and colour theory. These are tools for communication, which is the core of graphic design; regardless of whether you’re creating a logo to express a brand’s values or a Victorian newspaper.
In terms of practical skills when starting out, I think a basic understanding of Photoshop and Illustrator is desirable. Being handy with a scalpel and ruler is also very useful as, in my experience, there is a lot of cutting and trimming of paper.