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Production Design w/ Joyce Kline

October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >>

It’s entirely possible to create a compelling, professional looking film on a shoestring. Leo Award winning production designer Joyce Kline wants to show you how! A well thought out plan for set, costumes and props can not only enhance the look of your film, it can simultaneously convey tone and mood, and further plot and character development.

On low-budget films the production designer wears many hats. This workshop will take you from initial script breakdown to post production, touching on all aspects of visual storytelling: creating an overall concept that allows for story and character arcs, overcoming location limitations, and integrating set, wardrobe, and props to create a cohesive “visual ecology.” Areas covered will range from larger design principles like shape, texture, perspective and colour palettes, to practical tips on local rental sources, getting set and prop donations, researching, planning and bookkeeping, collaborating with a fluid (and usually overstretched!) team, set dec, clearance and continuity, and what to include in an on set tool kit or look for in an amateur PD.

Film is visual — especially short films where there isn’t time for exposition. This wide-ranging workshop will expand your tool kit beyond cinematography and lighting to open your eyes to how set, costume and props can tell your story.

10am – 4pm Pacific Time

Mentorship sessions Oct 4-6


Joyce Kline is a 2017 Leo award winning production designer with a passion for visual storytelling. Formally trained as a visual artist, she draws on wide-ranging experience as a writer, playwright, dancer, theatre designer, home stager and storyboard artist. Joyce has exhibited across Canada and in Finland, had theatre pieces produced and workshopped in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto, and received Ontario, Toronto and Canada Council visual arts and arts writing grants. For many years she taught visual narrative at Victoria College of Art. She currently hosts Push In – The CineVic Podcast, and is winding up post production on her first short film Cancelled Stamp, which she wrote, directed and co-produced.


October 2, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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