Kevin Downey

Set Decorator (Film & TV)

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  • LocationDublin, Ireland

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About me

 

Dressing a set involves imagination, organisation and a lot of hard work, but it's all worth it when the client's eyes widen with astonishment. Transforming a derelict castle in the Irish countryside into a setting for a sumptuous Venetian masked ball; creating a magical chapel setting for an outdoor wedding; helping decorate sets for Ripper Street and winning a BAFTA for Penny Dreadful; countless TV commercials and feature films.... I've experienced a lot in my 20 years in Set Decoration and Production Design and I'm always interested in the next chapter. I'm available for project work as a set decorator, set dresser and production designer in Ireland or abroad. I'm also keen to work on more once-off events and help create magical once-off experiences. I'm always on the look out for a challenge that will knock the socks off a client.

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Design
  • Set Decorator
  • Set Dressers
  • Word

Work history

Currently

Set Decorator & Production Buyer

Freelance

Jan 2005
  • I am currently working as a set decorator and buyer in the TV industry having just completed season three of Ripper Street as set decorator and I have worked on all three seasons of Penny Dreadful for Showtime. I have also designed opulent parties and weddings for private and corporate clients.

2015

Production Buyer & Set Dresser

Neal Street Productions

Jan 2013 - Dec 2015
  • I have worked as production buyer/set dresser on the multi BAFTA (including best set decoration) winning TV series Penny Dreadful for Showtime TV. As I was onboard this period drama from the outset, I was able to put to use my many creative skills in set decoration which resulted in me decorating many of the key sets for all three seasons. Dressing such large sets involves coordination of several departments. I was key in this area often being model makers, drapes and construction etc on ideas to enhance the overall aesthetic of the sets.

2014

SET Decorator

Tiger Aspect

Jan 2014 - Dec 2014
  • I came onboard season three of this Victorian drama series as set decorator. Ripper Street is based on a very fast paced formula telling an entire story each episode. This made the project challenging and exciting to work on as the quick pace ensured we were always prepared as a team for the episode ahead. I worked very closely with the designer on this project often designing props that were key to specific scenes and helping to realise the overall look of the production.

2012

Production Designer

Animo Television

Jan 2012 - Dec 2012
  • My brief on The Movie Show, a weekly TV show, was to provide a set that was modular i.e. needs to be stuck after each broadcast, something that was modern and eye catching and of course something that was on budget. I ticked all the boxes and this show ran for a very successful season on Irish National Television.

2010

Production Manager

St Patrick’s Festival

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010
  • For two years, running I production managed Brighter Futures on behalf of St. Patrick’s Festival. This involved coordinating 600 transition year students from across the city in a one-o street pageant. My brief as production manager was to oversee the set build with the design department and turn a disused dilapidated warehouse into a comfortable workshop and rehearsal space. I was also responsible for scheduling rehearsals, budget control, transport of the set pieces and health & safety.

2004

Production Manager & EU Day of Welcomes

Arts Council Ireland

Feb 2004 - Aug 2004
  • As part of Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004, I production managed the EU Day of Welcomes in Drogheda, Co. Louth. This project was based around the premise of a one day regional arts festival to welcome Latvia to the European Union. For this project I was deeply involved with the regional arts office, the Gardai?, media and with the town council. A full table of events was scheduled, which included a visual arts programme and several events which involved closing down streets to accommodate a tented village, a marquee-turned-theatre and the public lighting of several of the town’s monuments. This event was a huge profile heightening exercise for the regional arts office. A follow on arts festival has since emerged from this event and runs annually on the June bank holiday weekend. I also production managed this event which included a fireworks display over the river Boyne accompanied by a special sound track broadcast live on radio.

2001

Stage Manager

Riverdance Abhann Productions

Jan 1999 - Dec 2001

Education

1998

Film and Television Production

BCFE

Jan 1997 - Feb 1998
  • Film and Television Production

Awards

2015

BAFTA Television Craft | Production Design in 2015

BAFTA

  • Part of a team lead by Jonathan Mckinstry and Phillip Murphy, awarded the BAFTA Television Craft Award for Production Design 2015 for Penny Dreadful. http://awards.bafta.org/award/2015/tvcraft/production-design