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Passing of Ross Major, respected Production and Costume Designer

Very sad news, one of our most talented and respected production and costume designers Ross Major passed away Sunday 12th June. Ross was in the vanguard of the Australia’s feature film new wave of the late 1970s and 80s with his work on “Dawn”, “Far East”, “Heatwave”, “BMX Bandits”, “Burke and Wills” and later “Quigley”, […]

OzAnimate talk on the financial state of the animation industry – May 1 – Melbourne

The DLF ( Digital Labourers’ Federation) and Autodesk has Paul Lalo from OzAnimate giving a talk on the financial state of animation the industry – specifically what animation studios, freelancers and teachers are charging. Some of you may remember OzAnimate completed an industry survey last year (www.ozanimate.com/resources/2017-industry-survey-results). On Tuesday Paul will be discussing the results of this […]

The APDG Peter Rabbit special screening at AFTRS

The APDG Peter Rabbit special screening at AFTRS with an Animal Logic “making of” short film with Q & A afterwards on Tuesday 27 March was a successful and insightful industry event. The event was well attended with lots of children who created the right atmosphere as Peter Rabbit is a film for young children. Production Designer, […]

APDG supports safe workplaces

Live Performance Australia have recently released two important documents towards ensuring safe workplaces in the live performance and events industries: The Safety Guidelines for the Entertainment Industry, and the Australian Live Performance Industry Code of Practice: Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying. “In a positive safety culture, everyone accepts personal responsibility for ensuring their health and safety and […]

APDG at Tropfest 26 Craft Awards

Friday 16 February 2018 By Diaan Wajon Education Manager For the second consecutive year, APDG members judged the Best Production Design category in the Tropfest26 Craft Awards. Matt Putland APDG, Fiona Donovan APDG and I were invited to preview the 16 Tropfest finalist films, with the aim of both spotting ‘the rose’ (a.k.a. the ‘signature item’) […]

INTERVIEW: KAT CHAN Theatre Designer

Jo Briscoe interviews Theatre Designer and APDG member Kat Chan following her appointment to the 2018 Women in Theatre program at Melbourne Theatre Company. APDG: Congratulations on being named one of the participants in the 2018 Women in Theatre program at Melbourne Theatre Company!  KC: Thank you! APDG: How did you first get interested in a […]

My time in the UK by Daniel Willis

In early 2014, whilst working on A Place to Call Home, I made the decision to try my luck for work in the film and TV industry in the UK. I’d been working as an Art Department Coordinator for roughly three years, but I really wanted to get into graphic design – something I had been […]


The APDG Live Performance Committee are proud to announce that the Live Performance Standard Agreement is now available online for live performance designers young and old to use as your very own contract, tailored to your specific needs in your work in the live performance industries. Every designer will find something here that you will […]

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