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On April 13th the APDG, in partnership with Docklands Studios Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, held an introduction to the new possibilities of real time virtual production using LED Volume technology.  This emerging and rapidly developing field has the potential to make significant contributions to the way we tell screen stories by bringing together […]


“What we do isn’t merely a job. You have to hone your skills, workshop your craft, prioritise your art if you want it to develop.” Mentoring artists comes almost as naturally to Jason Baird as Special Make Up Effects does. There are very few senior artists and technicians in Australia in this field that haven’t worked with, […]

President’s Letter – Winter 2021

Congratulations to the newly elected 2021/2022 APDG Committee and thank you to those who served on the 2020/2021 Committee. This quarter, I would like to share my yearly AGM report.  It has been a tough year, 12 months of Covid pain and uncertainty in our industries with many colleagues facing tough times and financial hardship with little support […]

World Stage Design 2022

WSD 2022 Theme and Vision – The Three Sisters: Located near Canmore, Alberta, between UCalgary and Banff National Park, is a mountain known as the Three Sisters. The mountain is known for its three peaks and is a significant landmark to the area with stories and the name originating with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.  Big Sister […]


In 2019, Karla Urizar won “Design for Live Performance: Production, costume and set Design” for “Welcome the Bright World”. 1.     Do you have any fond (or not so fond) memories of working on Welcome the Bright World?  I only have fond memories of designing Welcome the Bright World. Being born in South Australia and studying Theatre Design there, it was wonderful to go back and design Stephen Sewell’s deeply philosophical and political […]


Ian Gracie APDG received the 2018 APDG Award for Excellence in Screen – Acknowledging excellence in Design and Practice or Artisan Excellent on Australian or International Productions for his work as Supervising Art Director on Alien: Covenant.   1. Do you have any fond (or not so fond) memories of working on Alien: Covenant?  Pictures of that scale […]

AWARDS INTERVIEW: Louise Wakefield

Louise Wakefield won the 2012 APDG Costume Design For Screen Award for her work on “Underbelly: Razor”. The APDG caught up with Louise to ask her about her award winning work.  1. Can you tell us a bit about your design process for Underbelly: Razor?  Early days Paddy Reardon (Production Designer) and I joined with the writers to discuss […]

Awards Interview: Edie Kurzer

Edie Kurzer APDG has received a costume design award the last two years running. Edie won in 2018 for the 6-part television drama  “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and another in 2019 for her work on the feature film “Judy and Punch”.  Why did you decide to enter your work into the APDG Awards? I appreciate the APDG and […]


Nick Schlieper has had numerous APDG Award nominations and won the 2013 Lighting Design for stage or event award for his work on Face to Face.  The APDG interviewed Nick about his work and his award win. 1. Do you have any fond (or not so fond) memories working on Face to Face?  I have both fond and […]


In preparation for the APDG 2021 10th Anniversary Awards the Live Performance Committee has been working on the best way to represent all sectors of live performance design: set, costume lighting, video and makeup design. We have initiated some changes that increase the representation of live performance across the whole field of categories, and also acknowledge […]

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