ADG Perspective

November-December 2022

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2 6 P E R S P E C T I V E | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 2 N E W S 2022 ADG Production Design Initiative Program B Y C O R E Y K A P L A N , J A C K F I S K , J O H N I A C O V E L L I , M A R C I A H I N D S , T O M WA L S H , C O - C H A I R S EXAMPLES OF PDI PORTFOLIO MATERIALS. A. YIJIE "EJ" LI. HAND DRAWING. AWAKE LAPD OFFICE. B. PRAIRIE TRIVUTH. RENDERED KEYFRAME THE LOBSTER. In June, the Art Directors Review Panel selected 24 new and exceptionally talented young designers from a field of 52 applicants for its 2022 Production Design Initiative (PDI). Since its inception, this groundbreaking and well-regarded initiative has been extremely successful at introducing a true merit- based diversity into the ADG's creative community. The demand within our professional community for these eager and focused participants remains exceptionally high. The participants are employed and compensated just as any production assistant would be, by the signatory production company that might hire you or them. The initiative is designed to provide on-the-job mentorship, supervision and training to future Art Directors and Production Designers, providing the participants with real- time workplace experience and exposure to our profession. In tandem with their work opportunities, they participate in ADG community service activities, such as the annual awards program, Film Society and other endeavors. Applications to the program are accepted once a year in spring, and in addition to a personal statement and letters of recommendation, applicants submit a portfolio of sketches and digital illustrations, physical models, plans and elevations, graphic designs, visual research and images of produced work. Final selection into the program involves an interview with members of the PDI Committee. We encourage all AD Branch members to consider these talented participants in the hope that your Art Departments can find a place for them to learn, contribute and grow. If you have an opening for a production assistant, please consider one of them. Contact Laura Kamogawa at the Guild office: 818 762 9995 or A B

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