Ian Renner New York - Foundational Knowledge

Ian Renner of New York has been designing sets for movies and TV for nearly a quarter of a century. He says that he loves what he does, and movies have become his life. But when he talks to people who are outside of the movie industry, he quickly finds out that many of them don't have the he slightest idea what it is that a set designer does.

"Well – I design sets, right?" he says with a laugh. "That's what some people say, and they think that's all there is to it. Or maybe they think I spend my days at the drawing board sketching out ideas. Which I do. Or at the computer with CAD software. Which I do. But it's a lot more than that."

Ian Renner of New York says that set designers are in charge of designing and creating sets for films and TV projects, and that they work closely with a production's directors, producers, costume designers, and others to realize an artistic vision. He got his start by attending the New York Academy of Film, and served a kind of apprenticeship by designing the sets for television commercials in New York and Los Angeles.

"I grew up loving movies," he says. "And I think that's true of just about everyone who works in the film business, no matter what their role. It's a tough industry to break into and it takes a lot of perseverance. A little luck helps, too. But it's that knowledge of movies that can make all the difference." He says that without even knowing it, all the time he spent watching movies as a kid was providing him with an invaluable foundational knowledge that he uses to this day.

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