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Production Design Showcase 2023

Production design evokes story, character, and tone by building the physical world that the actors inhabit and the cinematographer films for the sound designer to provide a sense of presence. A great production designer pulls all the film crafts together in a seamless way to show rather than tell a complete story. We are so proud to support this next generation of Production Designers as they enter the industry.

Many thanks to the Faculty and Staff for helping these Fellows to bring their vision to life, and congratulations to the Class of 2023.

Susan Ruskin
Dean, AFI Conservatory | Executive Vice President, American Film Institute

Welcome to the AFI Production Design Showcase 2023! This is our annual end-of-year event featuring the design work of our 16 graduating Second Year Production Design Fellows. You will see design work from their classroom projects and their thesis, MOS and cycle productions over the last two years at the AFI Conservatory. The variety of the worlds created by our Production Design Fellows will amaze you. As our Fellows enter into their careers soon, your advice to them means the world.

You will see contact information for each fellow when you go to their individual page. They would love to hear from you if you would like to find out further information about them and their design work. It’s an important and challenging time for each of them as they turn a new leaf.

Thank you for reviewing and supporting the important and collaborative role of the Production Designer in cinematic storytelling.

Joseph T. Garrity
Discipline Head, Production Design

Meet the 2023 AFI Conservatory Production Design Graduates

The AFI Conservatory presents a showcase of the extraordinary talent’s of this year’s Production Design class. Click on a fellow’s headshot to see their bio, contact information and examples of their work.

Suneha Balasubramanya

Andrés Domit del Valle

Nymisha Gummadi

Jose Herrera

Jisoo Jeong

Mingyue “Emily” Li

Jolien Louis

Al-e McWhorter

Rachel Miu

Armaan Pujani

Yajie Qin

Camila Rodriguez

Sandra Rodriguez

Paige Schaeffer

Eleanora Figueroa Steiner

Mojo Wen