Art Department - The Three Key Crafts
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Bursaries supported by the Scottish Government are available for those who are eligible
Delivered over five weekends (24th/25th August, 7/8 September, 21/22 September, 5/6 October and 19/20 October 2019), this course teaches you three essential crafts required to work in the Film and TV Art Department: Hand Drafting, Model Making and Camera Lens Projections
The course covers:
Hand Drafting - a basic requirement within an Art Department. Understanding its technicalities and craft will develop and improve C.A.D. drawing immeasurably.
Being able to draw by hand and by computer is prerequisite for anyone joining an Art Department.
Model Making - a continuation of the drafting process. It is indispensable in explaining the Designers concepts to Producers, Directors, D.o.P’s and everyone involved in the production process.
Camera Lens Projections - a working knowledge of what the camera sees with different lenses and different aspect ratios is fundamental to drafting and designing for the screen.
Through various exercises, you will be able to draw exactly what the camera will see with a specific lens from a given height and distance from the set.
Introduction and showing various examples of drawing and styles
The Plan - how important this is
Elevations and Sections
Details - windows, doors, fireplaces, stairs, etc
Lettering - legibility!
Laying out the page
Making a presentation model from the technical drawing
The use of floating (wild) parts of set
Creation of a set of lens templates for varying lenses and aspect ratios
Tilting the camera up and down and calculating what is seen
How to use lens templates in designing and drafting a location or set build
About the Tutor
This course is led by David McHenry, who is currently working on ‘Outlander’ as a Draughtsman in Glasgow. With over 40 years of industry experience, he has Production Design and Art Direction credits for both feature and television productions, including John Wick 3 and Games of Thrones. He began his career studying Theatre Design at Central School of Art, London and now also teaches as a visiting lecturer at the Norwegian, Swedish and London Film Schools.
His book ‘Drawing the Line, Technical Hand Drafting for Film and Television’ has recently been published and students will receive a copy as part of the course.
Who is this course for?
This course is for those wanting to work in the Art Department or Set Decoration and have an Arts/Design based background.
How to apply
Application deadline: Register your interest
This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.