People who work as an Art Directors design sets and adapt locations that will be used for any parts of a film where real actors are involved (as distinct from computer generated images and special effects that are created by other departments). The first few months of most films centre around producing drawings and models, but once filming is under way Art Directors (there are usually several) make regular visits to check on sets that are being built. The construction crew works well ahead of the film crew so I only meet famous actors in costume if I’m ‘standing by’ the camera during filming. The UK film industry is focussed on three major film studios around the M25, at Pinewood, Shepperton and Leavesden – in studios the size of aircraft hangars.
After working on four different productions in 2017 I’ve been having a painting break for the past few months and some of my new oil paintings are now available as greetings cards.