Art director

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Art director in the hierarchical structure of a movie art department, the Art Director works directly below the production designer and a large part of their duties include the administrative aspects of the art department. They are responsible for assigning tasks to personnel, keeping track of the art department budget and scheduling, as well as over all quality control. They are often also a liaison to other departments; especially the construction department. In the past, the art director title was used to denote the head of the art department (hence the Academy Award for best Art Direction) however, the Art Directors union felt that the title was becoming too diluted, as multiple art directors where appearing on a single show (negating the idea of one person responsible to the look of a show) and people started giving themselves the title without the approval of the union. As a result, the union decided to create the title of Production Designer, and created rules as to the use of the title, namely there can be only one production designer on a show, and the union must approve the use of the title. See also production designer, set designer, set decorator, leadman.

Template:Filming-stub An Art Director is also someone who organizes the pages of a magazine or newspaper. They will first read the text of an article and then decide which pictures, or graphics they can use to make it look eye-catching. This is called the "Print" field. Art Directors are also involved in the designing of websites. They help with the graphics of video games.

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