Crafting Award-Winning Set Designs

WITH Art Director Laurel Bergman

Kino Society

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Visual landscapes and the general set decoration in movies are crucial to understand and immerse into the story narrated. Today’s guest, Laurel Bergman, knows everything there is to know about this field: she is a Production Designer and Artist who comes from a strong Art Director background. What’s more, Laurel has contributed to many of the most successful feature films of the last decade (2012, Godzilla, 50 Shades of Grey, Mission Impossible IV) and has worked with the industry’s leading actors, producers, and acclaimed directors. Laurel’s contributions have been recognized by the Academy Awards, the BAFTA Award for best picture, and the Art Directors Guild Award.


  • Laurel recounts her journey and how she ended up working in the film industry.
  • The difference between art direction and production design, and a typical day for each.
  • She confesses some problems that she experienced on a set.
  • Her experience working on The Revenant and 50 Shades of Grey.
  • She says she loves new technology as long as it doesn’t distract from the main story.
  • Laurel insists that the key is to have an open mind and do a good job building a reputation.

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