Production Design Initiative
What is the Production
An Art Directors Branch administered and funded program, designed to provide mentorship, supervision and on-the-job training to future Production Designers/Art Directors. The goal is to provide trainees with a clear and direct path towards obtaining real-time workplace training, and, on completion of their term of training and a satisfactory mentorship review, membership within the ADG Art Directors Branch as Assistant Art Directors.
If you have any questions regarding the Production Design Initiative, please contact Laura Kamogawa at firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION PERIOD & TIMELINE
- A demonstrated passion for narrative design
- A demonstrated desire to collaborate with others in a professional working environment
- A demonstrated experience and/or educational background relating to the discipline of design for the narrative arts (film, theater, digital media, architecture, interior design, graphic design, fine art, photography)
- Must supply an online portfolio (submission) materials conveying skill and experience
- Able to commit full-time to the program
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Must be legal to work with any U.S. employer
NARRATIVE STATEMENT (PDF)
- Maximum 500 words, typed and double-spaced
- 2-3 paragraphs about your background and prior training (a focused and a thoughtful demonstration of your thinking and understanding of the profession of design for the moving image)
- Detail your professional work and education to date
2 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (PDF)
- Recommendations must be signed by recommender
- Include the recommender’s e-mail address & phone number
- If you are re-applying; submit one new letter of recommendation
VISUAL PORTFOLIO (PDF)
- Work samples of design creativity, drafting and model-making skills, perspective and life-drawing ability, set or prop construction experience and/or computer knowledge
- Work can be finished, or in various stages of development
- Maximum of 20 individual (single or composite) page images
SCOPE OF WORK, DUTIES & ACTIVITIES
- The goal of the Production Design Initiative is to expose trainees to a full range of workplace experiences (feature, episodic, commercials, reality shows, live events, and theme parks)
- Once admitted, the trainee’s name will be placed on an availability list managed by the Program’s staff supervisor
- The Program requires approximately 260 days of consecutive or nonconsecutive participation by those accepted
- Announcements will go out to all Guild Production Designer/Art Director members that Trainees are available for immediate placement on film, TV or commercial projects. (Note that placement is not guaranteed and will depend on the schedules and requirements of the Production Designer/Art Director members and the projects on which they are employed)
- Trainees would be hired, compensated and insured in the same manner as all other Production Assistants by the producers of the particular production
- Trainees will be supervised by the show’s Production Designer and Art Directors. These members will serve as the Trainee’s primary mentors and networking agents for their further placement and advancement during their training period
- Guidelines governing the assignment, supervision and periodic assessment of the Trainee’s progress will be issued by the Training Program to the participating Production Designer/Art Directors
- Trainees may not displace Guild members or other IATSE represented crafts. Only productions that have fully satisfied their required staffing for all positions may participate in the Program. Trainees may not be used as alternative low-cost employees for the creation of essential covered work on the production
- Trainees are responsible for their own housing, transportation and living expenses
- Researcher: Search and acquire research materials as directed.
- Art Department Archivist: Manage digital database pipeline and hard copy files for research, set plans, location files, graphic files, stored set assets
- Copyist: Reproduce all reference materials and blueprint reproduction services
- Information Distribution: Distribute research and set drawings to all departments
- Resource Collection: Follow-through on collection of material samples and swatches from vendors
- Location Surveys: Assist in measuring and documenting as required.
- Observer and Auditor: Attend concept and production meetings, location and tech scouts; have access to all shooting sets and locations
- Story Analysis Skills: Practice script and concept presentation.
- Drawing & Illustration Skills (analog and digital): Practice quick sketch, drafting, rendering
- Model Building Skills: Practice construction techniques (analog and digital)
- Document Creation Skills: Set and decoration estimating
- Logistics 101: People skills, resource management, art of work delegation
- Survival Skills: Flexibility, resourcefulness, communication
- Continuing Education: Access at subsidized or reduced rates to digital and fine arts training programs
- Trainees will be required to attend in person or audit online all ADG sponsored master classes, outreach programs and workshops
- The Training Program’s staff supervisor will be responsible for scheduling all ADG related community service activities
- Trainees are expected to participate in ADG programs (Archive Library, Awards program, Film Society, Comic-Con, Special Events and Gallery 800)
- Trainees participate in the acquisition and creation of content for the Guild’s publications: Perspective, News You Can Use and the website
SUPERVISED CURRICULUM & PROJECTS
- Story Analysis Skills: Practice script and concept presentation.
- Drawing & Illustration Skills (analog and digital): Practice quick sketch, drafting, rendering.
- Model Building Skills: Practice construction techniques (analog and digital).
- Document Creation Skills: Set and decoration estimating.
- Logistics 101: People skills, resource management, art of work delegation.
- Survival Skills: Flexibility, resourcefulness, communication.
- Continuing Education: Access at subsidized or reduced rates to digital and fine arts training programs.
- PA Trainees will be required to attend in person or audit online all ADG sponsored master classes, outreach programs and workshops.
PRODUCTION DESIGN INITIATIVE COMPLETION
- At the end of approximately 260 days of consecutive or nonconsecutive participation, the Trainee’s mentor/supervisors will be required to submit formal letters of review to the ADG Council, addressing the applicant’s abilities and suitability for acceptance into full membership within the ADG’s Art Directors Branch as Assistant Art Director
- Membership status will be reviewed by the ADG Council. It will approve or decline the awarding of craft membership as an Assistant Art Director. Upon approval the Trainee will be responsible for the filing of all formal membership applications to the ADG and will be responsible for paying the prevailing initiation fees that may be applicable at the time of membership application
- Formal Industry Experience Roster placement will be approved once the new member has secured employment on a production that is a signatory to the Basic Agreement
REVIEW PROCESS & NOTIFICATION
- Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail
- Ten applicants will be invited for the final round for consideration at the offices of the Art Directors Guild in Los Angeles, CA
- Finalists will be chosen to participate in the program
- Should you not be selected, you may re-submit your materials for the following year
- The Committee does not provide critiques of any applicant’s work
- The decisions of the Committee are final and not subject to appeal
- All materials submitted by applicants will be retained by the ADG
- Please do not contact the ADG offices regarding application status