Filmmaking / Directing : Set Decorator/Dresser by Erika Wingfield

Set Decorator/Dresser

Hello All, I am sure this question has been asked time and time again...but I am looking to try to get into set decoration/set dressing. I have a background in Art History and museum work, both of which require great attention to detail and researching skills. And from what I have read these, among other skills, would be useful in this field. So any suggestions on how to get started? Stories? How did you get your foot in the door? What does your portfolio look like? Does one need a portfolio? How did you get someone to give you a chance?! Many thanks to anyone who has suggestions! Erika

Bradley Scott

A lot of the set designers I work with work with AutoCAD, so make sure you know the basics of that. I've also seen VectorWorks, Maya, Rhino, and SketchUp. A little Photoshop and Illustrator doesn't hurt, too.

Erika Wingfield

Thanks Bradley!

Tema Staig

You can start by working on short films, probably as a PA to get your feet wet. I'm afraid that unless you've gone to grad school for Production Design, you'll probably have to start off working for free for a little while to get on the job training and see if it really is a good fit for you. It will also help you understand the structure of the Art Department. That being said, being totally biased - Art Department is the most fun group on and off set. : )

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