Lecture Series: Michael Bricker, Production Designer | Design for Narrative: The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces

Monday Nov. 9, 2020 , All Day

When we watch film or tv, we experience layers of light, color, tone, mood, and character. The frame limits what we know, and it can be revealed in a flash or slowly over time. Either way, it always serves a larger narrative. 


These fundamentals of visual storytelling and in particular, Production Design, transport us to different times, realities, and dimensions. They are also unspoken elements of Architecture - how we feel about a building arguably matters more than how it’s put together.


This talk will explore my recent Production Design work and will discuss how cinematic strategies can be applied to Architectural Design in order to create richer, more dynamic, and more meaningful works.


Michael Bricker is a production designer and filmmaker whose recent television credits include DARE ME for USA Network and HIT & RUN for Netflix. Michael also designed the first season of Netflix's RUSSIAN DOLL, for which he won both an Emmy and an Art Director's Guild Award for Outstanding Production Design Half Hour. Over the last several years, he's worked on a range of independent features, many of which were filmed in Austin and featured at SXSW, including Andrew Bujalski's RESULTS and COMPUTER CHESS. Additionally, Michael is the Founder of PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS, an Indianapolis non-profit and industrial design studio that focuses on repurposing urban fabrics and resources. PUP's work has been featured in Dwell, The Huffington Post, and CityLab, and in 2019, as a selected exhibitor for Exhibit Columbus, an architecture and design biennial in the modern haven of Columbus, Indiana. 


The UTSOA Fall 2020 Lecture Series will be presented digitally through Zoom and will be live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel. All lectures will take place at 1 PM unless noted otherwise.