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Emmy-Award Film and TV Art Director Speaks at CBU

Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2015) – An Emmy Award-winning art director and production designer in film and television advised California Baptist University students to direct their own careers during a lecture Oct. 13.

Dan Bishop's address was part of a lecture series for the CBU College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design (CAVAD). Bishop is known for his work on TV series such as "Minority Report" (2015) and "Mad Men" (2007-2015). He also has done work in movies such as "A Single Man" (2009) and "The Replacements" (2000).

Art directors and production designers are responsible for the overall look of a filmed event. They work closely with the director and producer to tell the visual elements of a story.

Bishop, who spoke about his experience designing scenes and sets, geared his remarks toward architects and their relation to production design.  He said a variety of skills are needed to become successful in production design.

"Visually, the product is a photograph," he explained.  "The visual artists and the (performing) artists must work with each other."

Bishop also offered advice for student's career pursuits.  

"You have to steer your own career. Some of it is luck, some of it are the choices you make," he said. 

Mark A. Roberson, dean of CAVAD , said the lecture series offers students a chance to be exposed to the work of professionals and expand on their career goals.

"What we love to do is to get people to talk to our students about non-traditional career paths that might be available to them that they never thought of before," Roberson said. "In production design, for example, there is an opportunity for architects, graphic designers, artists and other people who may not have thought ‘That's a direction I'd like to pursue with my life.'"