Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Art Department Panel Recap

November wrapped up our last panel of the semester, The Art Department Panel. This panel featured 3 well-known, incredibly sweet ladies from the Austin creative community. Check out our recap below and what each panelists had to say.

Top 3 Takeaways
2. Even in the creative, artsy department, organization is a requirement.
3. Thrift Town and Thrift Land are two of the best places to find treasures to make your set stand out.

Kari Perkins, a long-time costume designer, began her career by simply knowing how to sew. She jumped into the Austin community theater scene and soon after made her film debut with Dazed and Confused.  To this day, Kari still works with director Richard Linklater on many of his projects.  Her most challenging film experience to date? Working with 20 principle actors and 250 extras; all had 10 costume changes. We know what you're thinking, and yes, our jaw dropped too.  But she championed through with patience and teamwork: five people dressing extras, one person in the trailer, and three people dressing on set. Hats off to you, Kari!

Caroline, an MFA alum of The University of Texas at Austin, got her start in the fine arts world. She graduated from art school with a degree in photography and printmaking.  After attending graduate school at UT, she jumped into the Austin film scene and has since worked on films like Lovers of Hate (nominated for an Independent Spirit Award) and The Bounceback. Oh, and Kari gave a special shout out to Megan Gilbride (featured in our producing panel here) and Bryan Poyser for being such a great team to work with.  Caroline also shared some advice for students looking to gain more film experience: "If you admire someone's work, shoot them an email and ask to intern or work for them so you can see the department."

Yvonne, currently art director for the ABC Family Show The Lying Game, comes from a diverse background of architecture, dance, and set design.  Having worked both on film (Machete, Black Metal) and TV sets, she emphasised the differences between the pre-production process for film and TV.  Working on a TV set, Yvonne usually has 6 days for pre-production (sometimes less - yikes!), as opposed to on a film shoot where she has a longer pre-production period, usually 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the project.  Her advice for someone working in the art department?  “When going over budget, always communicate with the producer.”  We’re pretty sure the ladies from our producing panel would agree with that!

Dazed and Confused
Lovers of Hate

We want to give a big thanks to everyone who attended the Women In Cinema panels this semester.  We have great things planned for 2013 so keep an eye out. Cheers to the New Year!

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