The Weekend Workshop
Graphic Design for Filmmaking
Telegrams, love letters, prison escape maps... it’s not just the movie poster a graphic designer makes, but also any paper props that the actors work with on set. But how do you start designing graphics that can help tell a director’s story, as well as contributing to the genre, period, and visual aesthetic of a film?
This course combines classroom tuition and practical assignments, including:
- When we design graphics for film, who are we designing for?
- How a graphic designer works for the production designer, set decorator, and prop master
- How to read and break down a film script
- How graphics are used as storytelling devices
- Researching graphic design and graphic methods from the past
- How to avoid ending up on the IMDB Goofs page
- How to draw and make graphics by hand
- How to put together an optimal portfolio for applying for work in an art department
- How to contact film productions looking for work
How do you teach the class?
I teach all the workshops myself, keeping class sizes to a minimum so that I can spend good time with each attendee. As well as script-based exercises, analyzing movie clips, and studying behind-the-scenes artwork, you’ll also be finishing some graphic props – drawing lettering, sealing and stamping, and forging passports – so please don't wear your best clothes!
Please note that this is not a software course and we will not be using any computers whatsoever over the two days.
This course is for you if...
- You’re a graphic designer or illustrator looking to translate your skills to filmmaking, or...
- You’re a filmmaker looking to use graphic design effectively in your storytelling, or...
- You're a design graduate wondering what to do next.
Will you review my portfolio?
Yes – if you'd like me to look at your portfolio then I will give feedback via email. You will need to send me a lo-res PDF of your work containing no more than 12 images, plus a short outline of what you're doing now and what you'd like to do in the future.
Please note that this offer is only available to people who have booked a place on a workshop.
Where, when, and how much does it cost?
The 2016 price for the two-day workshop is €600 per person. The studio is on Merrion Square in Dublin, Ireland – if you're flying in from abroad I recommend you find accommodation in the city centre on the south side of the river. The workshops run from 10am to 5pm on both days, with an hour's break for lunch (not provided) and tea breaks throughout the day (snacks provided). All materials and equipment are provided, but if you have some favourite tools then feel free to bring along your pencil case.
Will I get a diploma?
Everyone who attends the workshop goes home with a completely genuine fake diploma. The catch is you have to make it yourself.
When is the next workshop?
The September workshop is sold out. The following workshop is now set for the 22-23 October, but there are only six places available this time, to be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. You can book now at this link: