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The Art of Production Design: The Spiderwick Chronicles plus Family Day Workshop

The Art of Production Design: The Spiderwick Chronicles plus Family Day Workshop

Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study
1313 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028


 This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

1 p.m.: “The Secret Life of Sets” workshop

3 p.m.: “The Art of Production Design” presentation in the Linwood Dunn Theater with Production Designer Jim Bissell, Art Director Christa Munro and Academy Governor and Set Decorator Jan Pascale. Discussion hosted by Rosemary Brandenburg.

3:30 p.m.: Screening of The Spiderwick Chronicles (101 min)

Families with children ages 7-13 gathered at the Pickford Center, where they spent the first part of the program engaging in a hands-on workshop that demonstrated the art of production design and set decoration, and how these impact the tone of a movie.

Children interacted with motion picture production designers and set decorators and learned how to build their own small sets, working from a script. Children discovered how set decorators, an essential part of the production design team, add the details that make the film's environments look and feel real for both the actors and, later, the audience.

After a short break, families and the general public were invited into our Linwood Dunn Theater for a discussion about “The Art of Production Design,” focusing on The Spiderwick Chronicles. Hosted by Rosemary Brandenburg, Production Designer Jim Bissell, Set Decorator Jan Pascale and Art Director Christa Munro discussed the tremendous attention to detail that this craft brings to a movie set.

Given this new appreciation and understanding of the art of Production Design, we watched a screening of The Spiderwick Chronicles.