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STILL SMOKIN'
JIM NEWPORT'S PRODUCTION DESIGN CAREER ON DISPLAY AT BRUSH
AUGUST 8 - 31, 2011


Phuket resident James (Jim) Newport is an Emmy-nominated production designer of both film and television. Jim's production design portfolio and scenes from 6 of his feature films were on display at Brush restaurant in Kalim, August 8 – 31. On Saturday August 13 & 27 Newport discussed production design and signed copies of his latest novel "The Siamese Connection." His alter-ego – blues shouter Jimmy Fame – performed songs from his new CD "WANTED MAN" with the Colin Hill band.

In a career spanning 40 years, Newport he has set the look for such films as Bangkok Dangerous, Brokedown Palace, and the hit series The Shield and LOST. Production designers have one of the key creative roles in the creation of motion pictures and television. They are responsible for the overall look. Working directly with the director and producer, they must select the settings and style to visually tell the story.

In cooperation with Underwood Art Factory Inc., Newport has produced a limited edition signed series of storyboards from hi movies Bangkok Dangerous and Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke. They are available in single panel (30cm X 80cm) or double panel (60cm X 80cm) versions, signed by the author. For more information please click here.

Still Smokin' promotional poster.

What is a Production Designer?

Production designers have one of the key creative roles in the creation of motion pictures and television. They are responsible for the overall look. Working directly with the director and producer, they must select the settings and style to visually tell the story.

While the craft of production design and art direction dates back 100 years to the very beginning of filmmaking, the term 'production designer' was coined by William Cameron Menzies while he was working on the film Gone with the Wind. Previously (and often subsequently) the people with the same responsibilities were called 'art directors'.

From early in pre-production, the production designer collaborates with the director and director of photography to establish the visual feel and specific aesthetic needs of the project. The production designer guides key staff in other departments such as the costume designer, the key hair and make-up stylists, the special effects director and the locations manager (among others) to establish a unified visual appearance to the film.

The 'art department' is a group of people who work under the production designer to implement the scenic elements of that vision. Some of the crew who work in the art department include: art director, set designer (draughtsman), set decorator, costume designer, property master, concept illustrator, graphic designer, and model maker.

The art director supervises set construction and painting, as well as modifications to existing locations. A myriad of specialists work within the construction department, including carpenters, painters, plasterers, riggers, propmakers, greensmen (landscapers), sign painters, and scenic artists.

A production illustrator, provides pre-production concept art and storyboards. The set decorator, often someone with experience in interior decoration, finds decorative items for the sets such as furniture, wallpaper, knick-knacks and lighting fixtures. Working under the decorator are buyers, as well as a crew of set dressers who bring the items to the set, arrange furniture, hang curtains and "dress" the set.

A property master coordinates with the production designer, but also works closely with the director and actors to provide the items handled directly by the actors such as newspapers, weapons, musical instruments and food.

For the most part, the prop crew, along with an on-set dresser, maintain the integrity of the production designer's vision during the shoot and manipulate the items for the camera.

 
Download Jim's film/tv resume.
 

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The Endless Bottle
 

A short film by Jim Newport.

The grandeur of life as seen from the viewpoint of a wine bottle.

What does a wine bottle see during the course of a party? What contrasts happen as the consumers of that wine, enjoy an afternoon and their behavior begins to change due to the magical bottle. What twists and turns does life deliver that afternoon- 6 main interactions (can change)occur between people discussing politics, getting into a fight, becoming romantically entangled, discussing art, magically discovering a talent for music and doing a business deal that might or might not be shady.

Filmed in one day at Phuket's Underwood Studios, The Endless Bottle is an experiment in filmmaking on a tropical island with a local cast & crew – very few having any film experience before.

See the video!



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