Production Designer on 'Downton Abbey' The role of Production Designer is a hugely important one on any set.
It is a role that involves a vast amount of research, intensive collaboration with the director of the piece and a level of attention to detail that has to be seen to be believed. They are the visual story tellers of all the TV series' and films that grace our screens. And yet, the greatest compliment they can receive is if no one knows they were there at all! IFTN spoke to BAFTA nominee, Donal Woods, Production Designer of the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey Working on set, my day usually begins withWell 'usually' isn't a very common word for it really, as it's often very varied. If it's a new set or new location, then I'll meet with the director but particularly, on Downton, it tends to be varied. There are three main bases Ealing Film Studios which is where the sets are, High Clare Castle and Bampton Village. If there's a new set or location for a new episode, then I'll go along but having been on the set of the kitchen or louis vuitton shoes trainers the other usual stuff for ages, I tend louis vuitton bags speedy 30 to let them get on with it these days. So 'usually' isn't really the word for it! It's a different animal from lots of other productions. I got into Production Design whenI did a degree in Design in Leicester. I saw a job for a three month contract with the BBC. It seems like a thousand years ago nowwell, it was thirty years ago. Went there on contract, stayed on in a permanent basis for a number of years and then went freelance. Sorry, it's as boring as "I saw a job in the paper"! I had just done a degree but it was a very competitive area. Actually, Martin Childs, who is also nominated for Parade's End, was there in the same summer, so there you are! The two of us have come good! The people who helped me get to where I am today are Everybody really! I mean, in the industry, you work with lots of different people. I remember Laura Mackie, who commissioned Downton Abbey, was Continuity Script Supervisor when I first worked with her. So everybody you meet is a help in lots of ways. It's a learning process so I think, if you enjoy it enough, everybody you meet helps you get to where you are. But mostly your team as well when you get to this stage it's important to pick a good team! The most common misconceptions people have about my job areWhen people look at stuff they believe that it's all there, that you don't do anything! 'Isn't that somebody's bedroom, hasn't it always been there?' Well, no, I had to create it! It's a compliment really if people believe it's always been there. You create an atmosphere or a mood, or create an image that people just believe is real in a sense of television drama or a film or whatever you're doing. I like the reality of things rather than being too arty. Not in a derogatory sense but I tend to believe that you should realise that the art upon the stage really is a Victorian pub or modern office block, you know what I mean? Believability is the main thing. The best thing about being a Production Designer isWell, I suppose there are so many people in the world who do work that louis vuitton bracelet men they never want to do. I'm lucky to be one of those people in the world who actually have a job I enjoy. My father louis vuitton purses blue worked in a factory and didn't enjoy it very much, so I think you're lucky if you end up doing something you actually like doing. I mean, you need a good director, you need good lighting and you need everything else. Being nominated for and winning awards isA great honour! I've been nominated quite a lot for Downton and other things. I was in Los Angeles earlier in the year, for the Art Directors Guild nomination and 'Game of Thrones' won but there you are! I'm not bitter! But it's not just my work, it's the whole team's work. It's great to win and great to be nominated. My advice for anyone hoping to do this type of work is Just keep going, I think. If you want to do it, do it. I've been doing it long enough now and I've worked with young people and you can tell if they want it enough. It's like anything. If you want to do it, whether it's being a tennis player or whatever, you've just got to want it enough. And I think that's the thing. You can be talented but you might have the wrong temperament or just not want to be part of a team.
It's a combination of things. We've got some great young people working with us now. So that's the answer, if you want it enough, keep going.
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