A nocturnal workshop
21.02.2022 - 25.02.2022, HEAD – Genève

Movie Set is a workshop led by the set designer Florian Sanson, who designed the sets for Alice Winocour's Proxima, Holy Motors and Leos Carax's Annette, and proposes to build a real film set for the filming of five moments of the night, from dusk to dawn, recreated artificially in the space of the Cube at HEAD – Genève.

Set design is the creation of the physical space in which the action of a performed event takes place. Primarily used to describe theater and film productions, it constitutes all the scenery, furniture, props, appearance, and overall look of the stage. It is a central part of the visual production of a film. 

Movie Set offers an insight into the practice of set design through the creation of night scenes for potential domesticies. The workshop reflects upon the condition and nature of nocturnal props and accessories, setting up an experimental lighting system to create a night-time atmosphere. Shooting scenes in travelling and lateral tracking shots, students explore the relationship between front and backstage as similar artifices, exploring interior architecture and set design as the intersection to conceptualise film sets, guaranteeing the film's scenographic. The design fabricates spaces that will give meaning and style to the world of a cinematographic fiction.  

Workshop leader : Florian Sanson
Assistants : Julie Sando
Collaborations : HEAD – Genève Interior Architecture, Cinema, Visual Arts
Photos : © HEAD – Genève, Guillaume Collignon