Production designers and art directors are supposed to know a little about everything, and have to keep a sharp eye out for detail. Robert Cecchi, art director and set decorator recalls:
I was working on a period picture which took place on a farm. Some kids had to slide down a haystack and the crew thought you just pile the hay up. Well, the haystack had to withstand six kids sliding down for take after take and the haystack just collapsed each time. I showed them how to pile the hay in layers, like the farmers did to shed the rain and snow.
Larry Miller, Hollywood production designer says:
When I assemble my staff, I look for people with a high degree of skill. I seem to be sympatico with people with ...