The Filmmakers

Film 101: If a movie looks good, it's probably thanks to this behind-the-scenes star

What does an art director do? Amanda Parris hosts this week's lesson in Film 101.

What does an art director do? Amanda Parris hosts this week's lesson in Film 101

What does an art director do? Amanda Parris hosts this week's lesson in Film 101. 1:01

Don't go judging a book by its cover. But a movie? That's another story.

Sometimes, you know a five-star flick within seconds of watching it — and it's the art director who's in charge of perfecting a film's stylistic vision. Guided by what the production designer and director of photography have mapped out, it's their job to manage all the key creative players and ensure everything on screen looks amazing. But there's even more to it than that. Amanda Parris hosts this week's lesson of Film 101.

Previously covered on Film 101:

Film 101: The steadicam operator

Film 101: The foley artist

Film 101: The props master

Film 101: The best boy

Film 101: The gaffer

Film 101: The boom mic operator

Watch The Filmmakers this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC Television, or stream it at cbc.ca/watch. After the episode, stick around to see this week's feature presentation, J'ai Tué Ma Mère (I Killed My Mother).​

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