What do Art Directors do?
What is the Art Director job?
On big budget films, Art Directors start work up to 4 to 5 months before shooting begins (on low budget films 8 weeks may be sufficient). When the final schedule is delivered (detailing the precise order of scenes in which the film will be shot), Art Directors begin the work of overseeing the preparation of the first sets required. Art Directors analyze the script to identify all props or special items that may require longer lead times. Simultaneously, a team of draughtsmen draw up numerous plans for sets and locations for use by Art Directors when working with the construction managers and their team. This is an extremely busy, pressured time for every member of the art department; as well as coping with this pressure, Art Directors must also tightly control the budget (which is prepared and monitored on a spreadsheet).
On big productions, weekly meetings with the accountant are key to this process. A major part of Art Directors' work is troubleshooting - they must find cost effective solutions which also provide practical answers to construction and decorating problems. During pre-production, they are also responsible for commissioning all special effects (such as explosions or car crash sequences), hiring all vehicles (from cars to horse drawn carriages) and organizing the casting of all animals (chosen by the director). As the shooting date approaches, Art Directors liaise closely with the location manager to negotiate when locations can be prepared and dressed.
During filming, Art Directors continue to oversee the construction, dressing and striking (dismantling) of the remaining sets. After the film wraps (shooting is completed), Art Directors must ensure that all sets are struck and locations cleared, and that all outstanding art department bills are paid.
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Art Director jobs which have appeared on the Media Match Magazine jobs board:
|Sr. Designer/Art Director – Trailer Motion Graphics|
Los Angeles, CA
|Production Designer/Art Director|
New York, NY
Job description sources include (but are not limited to) imdb.com, skillset.org and wikipedia.