Paki Smith

Production design

Paki Smith is a designer and artist working in the film, commercial and theatre sectors. His credits include Man About Dog, God’s Kitchen  and 32A.

Paki’s listing on IMDB can be found here

Awards
Nominated Best Film, Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 for '32A'
Nominated Best Production Design, Irish Film and Television Awards 2004 for 'Man About Dog'
Nominated for Best Art Direction, Irish Film and Television Awards 2003 for 'God's Kitchen'

Paki Smith   32A

2007
Screen Film
Production design
Other featured designers
Driscoll Calder
Production company
Janey Pictures
Director
Marian Quinn
Listings
View on IMDB
View on Irish Film Board
Photographer
Patrick Redmond

Artist Statement

Tommy Weir (Producer): I knew Paki Smith, our production designer, from my time working in galleries and when Paki was painting. We bumped into him in Ardmore studios between meetings and he was on his way to LA. I hadn’t seen him in years and we told him what we were doing and got him the script.

Marian Quinn (Writer/Director): It was a brave designer who’d take on 32A, given that it’s a period film on a tiny budget, and so his strategy was to focus on having a great team around him, which was the right thing to do. They scoured car boot sales for months and convinced my friend’s mother to give over her home as the principal location. It’s not easy shooting in a semi-d built in the Fifties but he felt that this house had an authenticity that we couldn’t match elsewhere. We wanted Maeve’s house to have a lot of color and clutter and chaos, in comparison to Ruth’s which was sparsely furnished and with pale colours. Neither Paki nor Driscoll took on the Seventies with a capital S because it’s a subtle story and the design couldn’t overpower it. So we didn’t go crazy with the wallpapers and the patterns.