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I Love My Job: A Love Letter to Set Design & the People who Helped Me Find It

Welcome to, I Love My Job.

First, a warning. I have no experience with blogging. I've read a few, but that's it. What I do have experience in, and a great love for, is set design. Set design can mean different things to different people, depending on the medium you're working in. I've held many different jobs with many different job descriptions in film, television and theatre. What I've settled into over the past few years is set design for film and television.

My primary duties include model building and rendering (mostly in CG), and drafting construction drawings. There are other tasks that fall under a set designer's prevue, but these are three of the big ones. The idea of drafting another designer's construction drawings used to terrify me. I was intimidated by the idea of interpreting another designer's concept sketches and research. Now, I think its the best thing ever. It's a new puzzle each time, but the goal is always the same -- to support the story you're telling with the environment you're creating.

This blog may have a bit of a random quality to it. Yes, I'll say that's a quality. I'm thinking of talks between designers about their day jobs and collaborations, and maybe even their side-hustles. I'll give shout outs to show designs that shouldn't be missed, and for designers new to the industry, an exploration of job skills may be in order. It will be a work-in-progress. If you have an idea for a topic, please leave a comment.

Set Design by Shana McKay Burns, Atlanta, GA
WandaVision | Marvel Studios | Sewer Entrance & Manhole Cover, Set Design by Shana McKay Burns


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