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Sight, Sound & Story: "Unveiling Production Design for Film and TV Creations"

Moderator: Will Mavity, (Co-founder Next Best Picture)

Panelists: Production Designers Gavin Bocquet ("Silo" ), Nelson Coates ("The Morning Show"), Seth Reed ("For All Mankind"), and Cat Smith ("Lessons in Chemistry").

Inside Episode XXXI: Seize the opportunity to delve into the artistry behind crafting award-winning production design in film and TV. Join us for Sight, Sound & Story: "Unveiling Production Design for Film and TV Creations." Our round table discussion will explore the captivating realm of production design, featuring a distinguished lineup of renowned production designers. Panelists include Gavin Bocquet, the award-winning production designer of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” and the recent series "Silo", Nelson Coates, celebrated for his outstanding contributions to projects like "The Morning Show" and "In The Heights"; Cat Smith, acclaimed for her work on "Lessons in Chemistry" and "The Drop Out"; and Seth Reed, the visionary behind the production design of "For All Mankind" and "Salem."

Guiding the conversation is the talented Will Mavity, who will lead our panelists in sharing insights into the enchanting behind-the-scenes magic that brings visually stunning worlds to life on both the big and small screens.

When: Thursday February 1st, 2024

Time: 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT

General Admission:  FREE!


All registered attendees will receive a link and password for access on the day of the event approximately a half hour before 8:00 PM ET.


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Gavin Bocquet is a production designer and art director, known for “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace”, “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith” and “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”. Bocquet won one Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 and was nominated for two others in the following years for his work on “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” Bocquet is also credited on “xXx”, “Gulliver's Travels”, “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”, and Apple TV+ series “Silo.”


Nelson Coates is an American production designer for feature film and television and currently serves as ADG President. His motion picture credits include the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical "In The Heights" based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway show; Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians," the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the last decade; Robert Zemeckis’ dramatic thriller "Flight," and the biographical drama "Antwone Fisher," which received a 2002 American Film Institute Award. Coates’ television projects include the mystery drama "Home Before Dark" and the second season of the drama  "The Morning Show," both for Apple TV+. 


Seth Reed is an Emmy Nominated production designer known for bolstering a wide array of story worlds through his artistic ingenuity. Seth's highlights include hit shows like Supergirl, The Expanse, and Salem. In 2014, Reed received a Primetime Emmy Nomination and Art Directors Guild Nomination for his work on “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” starring Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Seth is also an Emmy Nominated and award-winning art director, having uplifted a number of high profile projects. Many of Hollywood's most respected directors and production designers have entrusted Seth's artistic abilities, leading to his consistent work on both independent and studio films such as “I Heart Huckabees,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Real Steel,” and “Minority Report.” Recognized for his art direction, Seth won the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award for his art direction on the HBO mini-series “From The Earth To The Moon.”

After receiving a Masters degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Seth practiced architecture for 10 years before entering the entertainment world. He credits his architectural approach to production design as an invaluable skill for the creative visualization/planning process and equally important for cost and time management. Seth's collaborative approach enables him to maximize his artistic vision - designing, sketching and creating something new and original as part of a team.

Seth's other projects include “Tombstone,” his first Hollywood job, as well as “Fight Club,” “Rat Race,” “Miami Vice,” “Blades of Glory,” and “The Express.” Currently residing in Los Angeles, Reed has worked on film and television projects around the world, from South America to Iceland. You can normally find him biking to and from location and enjoying the great outdoors.


Cat Smith is a television and film production designer who was born in Los Angeles. She has worked in the film industry for over 20 years. Besides “Lessons in Chemistry,” her credits include “The Drop Out,” “Transparent,” “I Love Dick,” and “The Society,” as well as creating the pilots for “Better Things” and “Yellowjackets.” Smith has been nominated for an Emmy 10 times and won the production design Emmy for the second season of “Transparent.”


Will Mavity is an attorney and entertainment journalist based in Los Angeles. He has been covering the entertainment industry since 2016 when he was one of the original founders of He served as a guest on BBC and Skynews, and continues to interview industry talent, with a particular focus on below-the-line artisans.

*All speakers are schedule permitting.


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