• Month: June 2020

2020 APDG Awards Update

The 10th APDG Awards will take place in Brisbane in August 2021. After consultation with a number of members and partners, the APDG has decided that the 2020 APDG Awards will be a combined 2020/2021 event. This decision was based on reports of financial hardship for many of our members, potential travel restrictions and the […]

Interview: Sam Hobbs discusses Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers. Vice President Fiona Donovan APDG interviews production designer and APDG member Sam Hobbs about the film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. […]

Interview: Scott Bird APDG discusses Escape from Pretoria

Scott Bird APDG, designer of the recently released film Escape from Pretoria in conversation with emerging designer, Courtney Westbrook. In relation to the film Escape from Pretoria, how did you find your way into the world of the apartheid era in South Africa? Do you have methods that assist research on this film and others?  […]

In Conversation with Adam Pinnock of Film Cars Australia

The art department is made up of many disparate disciplines. Outside of the art department itself are the suppliers that provide for the productions; construction, animal wranglers, pyrotechnicians to name a few. One of the most important staples of many productions are action vehicles.  From a design perspective vehicles are instrumental in setting the scene. […]

Anna Treloan: The Impossible Project

2020 was the year I had intended to spend some sustained creative time developing my work THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT.  Then it became the year where nothing seemed possible anymore.  The project had had an early incarnation in 2019 where it was presented as part of the Australian Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space […]

APDGreen Conversations – Imogen Ross

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” –Buckminster Fuller This month’s green conversations have been with live performance designers Renee Mulder and Katja Handt about their choices to incorporate sustainability into their work. (Please see separate articles). The full cycle […]

Interview: Isabel Hudson

Isabel Hudson is an award-winning set and costume designer and a NIDA alumna. Isabel won both the 2019 and 2018 Sydney Theatre Award, Best Stage Design of an Independent Production for her work on American Psycho the Musical and Cry-Baby at Hayes Theatre Co. Her designs include Farnace directed by Mark Gaal at Pinchgut Opera, […]

Thelma Afford report: Caitlin Murray’s Thelma Afford Award adventure

Live Performance designers are very fortunate to have a number of generous benefactors who have left a scholarship for designers as part of their legacy. The Thelma Afford Award, Mike Walsh Fellowship and Loudon Sainthill Scholarship all carry the name of these benefactors, and support a new generation of designers, as does the Kristian Fredrikson […]

APDGreen Conversations – Renée Mulder chats with Imogen Ross

 “Ours is a wasteful industry unless you think outside the box” Designers want to be more environmentally aware and to choose sustainability over expend-ability, but often our choice of design materials can go directly in the face of environmental sustainability. Imogen Ross recently caught up with APDG member Renée Mulder to discuss some of her […]

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