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Set decorator

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Collection: Arts Occupations, Film Crew, Filmmaking Occupations, Scenic Design, Set Decorators
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Set decorator

A set decorator is in charge of the set dressing on a film set and television set which includes the furnishings, drapery, lighting fixtures, artwork and many of the other objects that will be seen in the film. Props and Set Dressing items sometimes often overlap but are provided by different departments.

Props are items handled directly by actors, and discussions take place between set decorator and prop master in order to make sure that everything is being covered. The set decorator gives direction to their shoppers and to the leadman, who is in charge of the set dressers. The set decorator maintains a set dressing budget separate from the set budget or the prop budget and works on the overall look of the film or TV show.

Set decorators are eligible to receive the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Art Director's Guild Award along with the production designer.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ LoBrutto, Vincent (2002). The Filmmaker's Guide to Production Design. New York: Allworth Press. p. 21.  
  2. ^ Cury, Ivan (2007). Directing and producing for television: a format approach. Oxford: Focal Press. p. 47.  
  3. ^ Rizzo, Michael R. (2005). The Art Direction Handbook for Film. Oxford: Focal Press. p. 37.  

External links

  • Set Decorators Society of America
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