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Production Designer - TV/Film

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Production Designer TV/Film
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(thousands per year)*
€20 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Has overall responsibility in the film and television industry for creating the style of a production and establishing and planning the visual design.

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The Production Designer is involved from the very outset of the production process and most of their work is in pre-production. He/she develops the initial design concept and the budget for that, working very closely with the Director, the Art Director and Costume Designer.  
The Production Designer generally hires the art department and creates the detailed designs and plans for the work of the art department, along with the Art Director. The Production Designer then is responsible for overseeing the realisation of the initial design concepts for the production. The work includes designs for the sets; deciding on colour schemes, visually appropriate locations, props, costumes, hair and make-up.

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A Production Designer needs to be creative, artistic with a good eye for detail. An aptitude for design work in the electronic medium is essential.  
You must be highly motivated with good communication and organisational skills and it is also important to have the ability to work as part of a team.

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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
Address: First Floor, Palmerstown Centre, Kennelsfort Road, Dublin 20
Tel: 01 6200811
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 6412
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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
Address: First Floor, Palmerstown Centre, Kennelsfort Road, Dublin 20
Tel: 01 6200811
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Organisation: Irish Film Board
Address: Queensgate, 23 Rock Road, Galway
Tel: (091) 561398
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