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Making the Cut

Intermediate Drafting Course tutored by Brendan Rankin Accepting Applications
2017-04-19 16:00:00 : Katie McNeice
Drafting Sample
The five-day course begins Monday May 8th, 2017 and takes place in Smithfield, Dublin. It is aimed at trainees, trainee drafts people and assistant art directors interested in honing their skills to intermediate level.

The deadline for applications is Thursday April 27th. A breakdown of training topics per day is provided below.

Day 1

  • Review of basics of surveying, use of surveying equipment and information that needs to be acquired on a survey, sketching of plans and elevations for purposes of recording data
  • Use of photography to record detail
  • Introduction to the interior/exterior space to be surveyed with a view to the areas of greatest interest
  • Review of participants’ survey notes
  • A quick review of principles of scale and dimensioning prior to drawing up of the surveys

Day 2

  • Time to finish survey drawings if required
  • Introduce the main exercise of drawing up of a new set to either complement an exterior space or fit in an interior space
  • Setting up new drawing, choosing a scale and starting plans/elevations of a new set
  • Short slideshow at end of day using an example of a set from Game of Thrones to demonstrate how the design process works from preliminary concepts, choosing a location, creating construction drawings and building the final set

Days 3-5

  • Carry on with drawing up of a set
  • Introduction to doors and windows and other important details
  • Discussion of line weight, using texture to indicate set finishes
  • Dimensioning and annotating drawings
  • Introduction to use/need for backing flats, painted backing/translates. Introduction to camera angles, lens tables
  • Review of drawings, Q&A based on participants’ questions
  • Short presentation to finish up

About Brendan Rankin
Brendan Rankin is an art director and draftsperson with 20 years’ experience in film and television. Art director credits have included Game of Thrones, Grabbers, Hunger, Closing the Ring and Leap Year, as well as draftsperson credits on a wide variety of productions from Braveheart, The Count of Monte Cristo, Veronica Guerin and City of Ember, as well as The Tudors, The Fall, Ripper Street and Vikings.

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