What is production designer? What does an art director need to know? The production environment. Scenic building blocks. Production designers use special effects. Lighting equipment. Techniques for effective lightinh. Meet the producer and the director. Here's the script. Using research materials. Make some sketches. Tools for construction drawings. The construction drawings. Finishing the construction drawings. Model making. Supervising construction and setup. A production designer on location. Staging a news broadcast. Designing a commercial. How to get started and where to look.