Production design for films is a natural extension of the work we do as designers of spatial communication. In this medium, we work with pre-assembled storylines and the director's vision. We realise visual spaces for the film by adding physically to the look. We work in envisioning the characters, their personalities and each scene and location from a spatial point of view, looking at colours, sets, props and so on.
Our work has spanned creating conceptual spaces as in "Dance of the Wind" and "Samsara", both Indo-German productions, where we had to work with real spaces and be highly sensitive to the choice of colours, props etc. all blended seamlessly with the story to establish the given spaces, to the exacting standards of German films like "Shadows of Time" where production design was planned and executed to the T.
"Partition", a Canadian production, required us to build a village from scratch to be set in a 1947 scene. We did that, successfully ageing the sets and props and providing an authentic look and feel to the film. In "Parched", an American production, we also built a village with a dance hall which featured as an important element in the film.
Our production design work in films has been exciting, opening up new vistas as we worked with international film makers in India.