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Craig Jackson: Designing 'Chicago Fire'

Photo by: NBCUniversalPhoto by: NBCUniversalDesigning, constructing, and installing a set in eight days is challenging. Creating several that can withstand on-set fires is a different kind of monster.

The Scavengers: Michelle Torres

Today’s television landscape includes more commercials at shorter intervals, while the viewing public’s attention span and patience is shrinking. However, with the advent of DVR technology, brands have been forced to great lengths to capture and keep your attention. More than ever, commercials are produced as short-form films with higher production values and even A-list directors.

Designing Woman: Laura Richarz

Photo by: John P. Johnson/HBOPhoto by: John P. Johnson/HBOWhat could you buy in a shopping promenade on an alien space station? How does a 2,000-year-old vampire furnish his ultramodern mansion? How do you recreate the apartment Chris Rock grew up in on a Los Angeles soundstage?

Prop Buyer

Picture Warehouse 13 or the expansive storage facility of mysterious artifacts in the Indiana Jones series. Hidden in crates and catalogued on shelves, there are thousands of miscellaneous items that each tells a story. In feature film and television, props are a critical part of storytelling and setting a realistic scene. Like Dr. Jones, the prop buyer is a treasure hunter that combs through those shelves.

Paint Coordinator

The paint coordinator on a film or television show is hired by the production designer or art director and is responsible for the supervision and organization of the paint department, as well as the execution of all paint assignments, including painting sets, props, backdrops, signs, and permanent buildings or soundstages.

Construction Foreman

Scenery is one of the most comprehensive visual elements of a film or television production. Sets establish a time and place but can also become characters in themselves, with great craftsmanship and effort put forth to providing an immersive environment in which the cast plays out the story. Just consider for a moment the iconic places audiences have traveled through scenery, like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise or the untamed and ominous ruins of Kurtz’s Cambodian compound. 

Scenic Carpenter

Green screen sound stages and virtual scenery are becoming more prevalent in film and television production, but most productions—save for maybe some reality programs—still require the labor and skill of trained craftspeople to build the sets that complete the environment that the characters inhabit.

Vicarious Visions

Guha and Karthik Bala started Vicarious Visions in the basement of their parents’ home in 1991 while the two were still in high school. In 1994, the company was incorporated and moved to a college dorm room. Vicarious Visions signed its first publishing deal for the Synnergist PC CD-ROM that same year.

Leadman

Set dressing is a simple task—place a dish there, a curtain here—that plays an important role in the realism and continuity of a film or television production. A bare set of walls or empty backlot street is not nearly as convincing or enveloping as a fully dressed environment with all of the ordinary items that humans interact with in real life.