2 days HOURS

05/06 . 10 . 2024


PRICE: 599GBP (349GBP Until 30th of July)





Andrew McAlpine is a renowned production designer whose visionary work has left an indelible mark on the landscape of contemporary cinema. Over the years, McAlpine has crafted some of the most memorable and visually striking film environments, earning him acclaim and recognition within the industry. His expertise will be shared with participants in the FEST FILM LAB workshops, offering a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best in the field.

With a career that spans several decades, McAlpine has collaborated with a roster of illustrious directors, bringing their cinematic visions to life with his design concepts. His work with Jane Campion on the critically acclaimed film "The Piano" is a testament to his ability to create deeply immersive and emotionally resonant spaces. For his work on "The Piano," McAlpine was honored with the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, showcasing his talent for crafting visually compelling narratives that enhance the storytelling of a film.

McAlpine's portfolio is diverse, encompassing a wide range of genres and styles. His collaboration with Lone Scherfig on "An Education" demonstrated his skill in recreating historical periods with authenticity and detail, transporting audiences to the 1960s with elegance and precision. His work on "An Education" further solidified his reputation as a master of production design, capable of seamlessly blending historical accuracy with artistic innovation.

Not limited to historical dramas, McAlpine has also worked on films such as "Me Before You " directed by Thea Sharrock. Among his other notable collaborations is with Danny Boyle on "The Beach," where McAlpine's design contributed significantly to the films' visual storytelling. Whether creating whimsical, fantastical landscapes or grounding stories in detailed, realistic settings, McAlpine's designs always serve to deepen the narrative impact of the films he works on.

In "Clockers" (1995), directed by Spike Lee, McAlpine's production design played a crucial role in bringing the gritty, urban environment of the film to life, enhancing the story's raw and powerful narrative. His ability to create a visually compelling and authentic setting helped establish the movie's intense atmosphere and emotional depth. Similarly, for "Aeon Flux" (2005), McAlpine ventured into the realm of science fiction, crafting a futuristic world that was both innovative and believable. His design for the film provided a unique aesthetic that was integral to the movie's storytelling, showcasing his versatility and creative prowess in production design across different genres.

In addition to his film work, McAlpine's influence extends to television and advertising, highlighting his adaptability and broad range of skills within the field of production design. His ability to mentor and inspire others through his work makes his participation in the FEST FILM LAB workshops an invaluable opportunity for production designers and filmmakers to gain insights from a seasoned professional.

Andrew McAlpine's enduring passion for storytelling through visual design, combined with his extensive experience and numerous accolades, makes him a relevant figure in the world of production design. Workshop participants can look forward to an enriching experience, learning from McAlpine's wealth of knowledge and expertise in creating captivating cinematic worlds. Andrew's experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB.


This two-day workshop, led by acclaimed Production Designer Andrew McAalpine, is designed for film professionals seeking an in-depth exploration into the art and science of production design. McAlpine's illustrious career, marked by visually stunning and narratively compelling film environments, serves as the foundation for a workshop that covers the entire spectrum of production design.

Day 1: Theoretical Foundations and Pre-Production Essentials

Defining Production Design: A deep dive into the role of production design in cinematic storytelling, examining how visual environments contribute to the narrative and emotional depth of a film.
Script Analysis for Design: Techniques for extracting visual and thematic elements from scripts, facilitating design that is intrinsically tied to the story.
Visual Conceptualization: Developing a coherent visual strategy that encompasses set design, locations, and the integration of special effects, with a focus on creating mood and atmosphere.
Collaborative Dynamics: Strategies for fostering productive collaborations with directors, DPs, and other department heads, ensuring a unified vision from pre-production through to post-production.
Design Research and Mood Boards: Utilizing historical research, location scouting, and mood boards to conceive and communicate the visual palette and stylistic approach of the film.
Technical Drawing and Model Making: An overview of the tools and techniques for creating detailed plans, elevations, and models that guide construction and set dressing.
Q&A: Interactive Session

Day 2: Practical Implementation, Post-Production, and Industry Navigation

From Concept to Set: Managing the translation of designs into physical spaces, including practical considerations for set construction, prop sourcing, and on-location modifications.
Digital Design Tools: Incorporating digital tools and software in production design, from pre-visualization to CGI and virtual sets, and how they are changing the landscape of physical set design.
Sustainability in Production Design: Implementing green design practices, focusing on materials, construction methods, and set strike, to minimize environmental impact.
Navigating Post-Production: Ensuring the integrity of the production design in the final film, including collaboration with VFX teams and consideration for color grading.
Mastering the Business of Design: Building a personal brand, portfolio development, effective networking, and understanding the financial and contractual aspects of production design.
Career Longevity and Adaptation: Discussing the evolution of the production design role, anticipating future trends, and strategies for career growth and adaptation in a rapidly changing industry.

Case Studies:
Case Study Analysis: McAlpine will present case studies from his notable projects, detailing the challenges faced and creative solutions implemented, encouraging participant discussion and analysis.

The workshop designed for Production Designers, Art Directors, Costume Designers, Set Designers, Directors, Art Directors, DP's, or Film Students

London UK

Duration: 2 days
10:00 - 18:00
Dates: 5th - 6th of October 2024
Location: London UK
Price: 599GBP (349GBP Until 30th of July)
Maximum number of participants: 25
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