The bulk of Brian's work happens in the pre-production phase and starts with some brainstorming sessions with the director to develop and understand their vision.
During this time, he works out overarching creative decisions, such as: whether to build sets or shoot on location; what the mood, tone, or visual theme of the film will be, etc.
Brian also starts an extensive research work that ultimately results in the moodboards and lookbooks for each of the sets.
After the discovery and research phase, Brian creates design sketches, or models that communicate the mood, atmosphere, lighting, composition, color, and texture of a film so that all members of the department are on the same page. His art director will then turn these design sketches into technical drawings or elevations that the construction department will use to build the sets. All those design materials are also the base for the decorator and prop master's work going forward.
Once the concepts are approved, Brian coordinates with his team of carpenters, set dressers, props, illustrators and painters to implement the design and turn it into a workable set that a full crew can move around while still perfectly rendering the director's vision.
His most prevalent job from that point on is team and budget management, which Brian always executes with a positive and open attitude and communication.