I’ve been giving my project some thought in regards to context and have come up with a list of potential avenues of research.
The question:- Given the post production techniques available today, what is required from the Production Designer at the pre-production stage in terms of scenic design?
Initially I can break this down into a list:-
Each one gives me a vast amount of potential research. I have started to look at the role of the Production designer and art department, seeing where it fits in to the production as a whole. I am also looking at the Pre-production stage. As my chosen genre is Sci-Fi- the post-apocalyptic/dystopian film/TV production, I will mainly concentrate my scenic design and Production Designer research within these parameters.
The genre choice also gives me a wide base of potential research:-
Science fiction in film and contemporary culture.
The role of Production Designer within Science Fiction/changing role?
The culture of Post Apocalypse/Dystopia in modern culture.
Scenic design in Science Fiction.
Post-production techniques in relation to pre-production.
Does Science Fiction differ from other genres in regards to design, pre/post production, the designers, knowledge etc.
Visual research for Science Fiction/the chosen novel (this will form the basis for my practical development in stage 2)
I also wrote down a few thoughts when I attended the past MA students lecture that relate to the above and my learning agreement.
-Do culture and politics impact on the books and films that are being produced…and why?
-What do Production Designers think in regards to above(this may become part of my case studies)
-Audiences/readers in regards to science fiction/dystopia/post-apocalyptic books, films, TV. What do they think? (a possible case study/survey/poll. This might be useful for the production designer when dealing with budgets/metaphors/pre-production techniques.
-Determine if there is scope for change within Production Design. The future of the film industry with Sci-fi in mind.
-Can we promote a more holistic approach in the design process, from pre-post production?
With this in mind, the contexts for research are as follows:-
Technology:- skills, techniques for sci-fi in a changing world.
Culture/philosophical/social/political:- an overlap of background research into dystopia/post apocalyptic ideas and how it relates to society and film.
Economic:- this relates to technology in regards to the changing film industry/design roles/budgets. Producers?
Audience:- aesthetic issues when turning books into films/how the designer uses visual metaphors/symbolism in design. The designer has to portray the directors vision while keeping audience in mind.