The Designer’s Story
: Filmmaking from the Perspective of the Production Designer

  • Jane Barnwell

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The production designer is the person responsible for the overall look of a film,
working in close collaboration with the director, producer and director of
photography. They create the environment and visual style for the story to take
place in. As head of the art department they oversee the realization of their
designs creating real and imagined worlds for the screen. The deployment of
screen space is often physically and emotionally essential in order to underpin
the concepts of character and narrative.

Drawing widely upon the production designer’s professional perspective and
particular creative point of view, the corpus of work comprising this submission
has generated a new method of analysis deriving from five distinct categories
that the designer employs to visualize the script.

This submission consists of a combination of written publications and a feature
length film that exemplify the professional practice of a production designer. To
accompany the film, evidence is included in the form of pre-production
paperwork that details the research and design process. Together the written
and practical work provide an overview of the subject of production design
through the lens of a professional practitioner.
Date of AwardNov 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton
SupervisorJeremy Aynsley (Supervisor)

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