The art department contains a number of sub-departments, each with their own crew and set of responsibilities.
Runs the entire art department and is responsible for translating the film into visual form.
Designs sets, oversees construction, and helps determine the overall look of the production.
Creates the technical drawings telling the construction crew what to build.
Creates drawings that represent the director’s shots to help visualize the framing, movement, and sequence of how the story is told.
Decides what furniture and decorations should be used in set dressing.
Places the furniture and decorations the set decorator chooses on set.
Finds and keeps track of all the props that appear on the screen to add authenticity.
Finds and either buys or rents the set dressings, Construction Materials and atc..
Crafts props by hand that are unique or difficult to find.
Builds and paints the sets. The construction crew includes carpenters, painters, scenic artists, and plasterers.
Creates props that require design and/or text.
Keep the departments running smoothly. The coordinators include the art department coordinator, the set decoration coordinator, and the construction coordinator.
Run errands, handle logistics, and do whatever needs to be done to keep sets running smoothly.
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