Working with a director to agree a visual style, a production designer will be responsible for translating a screenplay or treatment into a real-life environment. Whether it’s a historically accurate period piece or far-fetched sci-fi, they will design sets, props, sometimes costumes and – vitally – work out how much it’s all going to cost. Their detailed sketches are then given to the production company or art department on feature films to start the build – but their job isn’t done there. Often the first on set during a shoot, production designers will make sure the dressing of each set matches their designs, as well as collating a final budget once filming is complete.
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