Marcela Shaw

CWVFF Speaker20172019

Marcela Shaw is a production designer with a degree in Industrial 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 on the period drama Alone Yet Not Alone as an on-set dresser. She has since designed varied films like Polycarp, about the first century martyr, and Champion (2017 CWVFF winner), centered around dirt track racing. As set decorator, she has worked on Like Arrows (2018 CWVFF winner), and the Kendrick brothers' latest film Overcomer. Her work as a prop maker has extended into theatre, like Virginia Christmas Spectacular, and themed attractions, like The Ark Encounter, and an escape room in Albany, Georgia called Race2Escape.

She and her husband work as a production designer/art director team, always eager to teach and share their experiences. respectively. A few years ago, they had the opportunity to travel to Zelenograd, Russia to teach about design techniques and the importance of teamwork.

2019 Workshops by Marcela Shaw

  • Foam to Stone: Scenic Painting for Cinema

    A practical class on using paint to give your movie an amazing look without killing your budget. We will share actual samples of simulated wood, stone, metal, and cement, with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.

  • Tips & Tricks of the Trade

    A collection of top tens for anyone interested in art or production design. Lists include Top 10 Tools, Top 10 Apps, and Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid. These down-to-earth, rapid-fire suggestions will share some of the biggest lessons we've learned about what to do...and what NOT to do.