The Weekend Workshop: Graphic Design for Filmmaking

Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland 

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 two-day 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 DO YOU TEACH THE CLASS?

This workshop is run by Think & Son from our own studio on Dublin’s Merrion Square, where we keep class sizes to a minimum so that I can spend good time with each attendee – I teach all the workshops myself. As well as script-based exercises, analyzing movie clips, and studying behind-the-scenes artwork, you’ll also be making 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 looking to translate your skills to filmmaking, or...
  • You’re a filmmaker looking to use graphic design effectively in your storytelling, or...
  • Neither of the above but you have a huge interest in behind-the-scenes cinema and don't mind getting your hands dirty

 

WILL YOU REVIEW MY PORTFOLIO?

Yes – if you'd like me to look at your portfolio then please bring it along to the workshop on a USB key, as a hi-res PDF with a maximum of 12 pages. I make time for portfolio reviews on the afternoon of Day II, while everyone's getting busy with their 18th century dipping pens.  

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The introductory offer on the workshop is €400 per person, running from 10am–5.30pm on a Saturday and Sunday. I provide all the materials you'll need – paper, drawing pens, vintage typewriters – but if you have some favourite tools then feel free to bring your pencil case. To secure a place on the workshop you'll need to pay a €200 booking deposit with a credit card. 

 

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.

 

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