Marcela Shaw

Marcela Shaw is a Production Designer with a background in Industrial Design. Throughout her career she has worked for different companies in a number of areas such as product development, production line optimization, and graphic design.

Her passion for films started when she was just a little girl, observing the backgrounds of the movies she watched. She got her start in films in 2009 as an On-Set Dresser. Her work as a Set Decorator and Prop Maker has extend into theatre, like Virginia Christmas Spectacular, and themed attractions, like the Ark Encounter.

She and her husband work as a team: Production Designer/Art Director, respectively. They recently had the opportunity to travel to Zelenograd, Russia to teach about design techniques and the importance of teamwork. Her career has been motivated by a great desire to never stop learning and growing, and she hopes to always continue on that path of discovery.

Guild Workshops

Basics of Art Department: Part 1
The Art Department is one of the most foundational elements of any film, where the visual magic begins. This class will explain the basics of running a successful Art Department, including the purpose and scope of the department, it’s organization, and the process of pre-production.

Basics of Art Department: Part 2
We will continue exploring the function and purpose of the Art Department, through the challenges of production and post-production. Then we will demonstrate how to create a script breakdown, walking through one of the most essential steps in taking a script and making it a reality.

Basics of Production Design
William Goldman says that Production Designer is one of the most important positions on a film crew, right alongside the Director and the Writer. Come see what makes this position so special, and learn some of the basics of how to fill this challenging role.