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Kenneth A. Larson is the lead Set Designer at Kesign Design Consulting. He has over a quarter century experience in designing and building scenery for the Entertainment Industry working on Features, Television, 3 & 4-Camera* TV, Commercials, print ads, Theme Parks, Theme Interior Design, Architecture, Theme Architecture, Trade Show Display, and other related areas of Environmental and Entertainment Design. Ken is most experienced in motion picture and television, having worked on such films as 3 Batman movies, Hunt for Red October, several Star Trek projects, Shrek, The Polar Express, and countless others. Ken works primarily in the Hollywood region**. Ken Larson uses both traditional drafting (pencil on board) and computer aided drafting in creating his set designs. Ken is also an expert model maker having started as a Visual Effects Model Maker and in time, has built most forms of models including theme park and Set Design models.
* By 3 & 4-Camera, we mean the various forms 3-camera, 4-camera, 3 1/2-camera, sit-come.
** Ken Larson usually works in the region of the Hollywood - Culver City / Century City - Burbank / Studio City / Universal City triangle in the Los Angeles, California area. Ken has ventured west into Simi Valley and as far as Oxnard, north into Santa Clarita and Palmdale, east to Pasadina and beyond, and south to LAX and Long Beach. Ken has worked throughout the Los Angeles County and Ventura County region of Southern California, U. S. A. At some point in Ken's career, Ken has worked at all the major studios. Ken is a native of the San Fernando Valley, not far from the No-Ho theater and arts community.


Ken Larson is versatile and multi-disciplined in the field of scenic design and construction. Ken is equally talented at using both computer aided and traditional approaches to Set Design. Ken has many years of experience building models in most forms including models for camera and study models and now does much of his design work using virtual computer models. Kenneth works in 2D CADD drafting and 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) modeling and CADM (Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing). Ken works in Visual Effects and live action cinema. While Ken has not yet worked in theatre, he spent over a year working in architecture specializing in theatre buildings. Ken had built scenery, props, mock-ups, and Special Effects before shifting emphasis primarily to design in the mid-1990s. Ken creates physical and virtual models and renderings. Kenneth has also created graphics for the film industry using traditional and computer skills.

Ken has extensive experience with Visual Effects, CGI, in adition to most aspects of set, prop, and miniature construction. Ken began as a Visual Effects Model Maker creating physical models of space craft and landscapes for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Ken got his start in the early days of motion control for miniatures and still enjoys model making. In recent years, he has lent his creative talents to Set Designing for all-CGI films such as Shrek and The Polar Express.

Ken Larson has been a Set Designer for numerous Motion Picture and Television productions. Some projects include: Set Designs for Visual Effects Miniatures for Batman and Robin, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle for The Pentagon Wars, period CGI sets for Shrek and The Polar Express, Absolut Versace sets for still shots for Vogue magazine. Also sets for X-Files, Collateral Damage, American Pie II, and C. S. I.. While Ken loves Set Design, he has on occasion acted as Art Director and Set Designer on several student films, short films, and small features.

There is sometimes an attitude in the Art Department that either people design sets, or if they lack design talent, they build them. They sometimes assume that I canít design scenery because I once built scenery. The truth is that as a Visual Effects Model Maker, I designed much of what I built. I have an AA degree in Architecture and a BA degree in Interior Design. I am proficient in several CAD and graphic computer programs. I am a better scenery designer for having 18 years experience building scenery.

Set Designers 50th Anniversary Party
Set Designers 50th Anniversary Party. Event planning.

The Castle
The Last Castle. Study Art Department model.

Lucky Goldstar
Lucy Goldstar, CADD for a simulator ride.

Sea Shadow
Sea Shadow.

Borg Invasion
Borg Invasion a Star Trek attraction.


IATSE Member I.A.T.S.E.*** locals:
Local 847 Set Designers and Model Makers,
Local 839 Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists,
Local 44 Affiliated Property Craftspersons, Prop Makers, Carpenters and Special Effects.

Senior and Computer Specialist rating in Set Designers Local 847.

Member Visual Effects Society. VFX Society

Theme Park Click here for Theme Park
Click here for Trade Show and Museum Displays Trade Show


Models Click here for Set Design and Architectural models.

Click here for Pre-Visualization for Set Design

Computer and Traditional Drafting

Kenneth Larson is a Computer Specialist Set Designer, one of only a few Set Designers with the Computer Specialist rating within Local 847. Ken prefers working with computers because it is faster and more accurate. He began working with Computer Graphics and CAD in 1990.

When working as a Computer Specialist Set Designer, Ken works primarily in AutoCAD© which he started using in 1991 using Release 10 and currently uses AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2004. Ken also use Photoshop, Illustrator, VectorWorks, Poser, 3D Studio Viz, 3D Studio Max, Excel, and numerous other programs. Kenneth Larson is one of a limited number of Set Designers who produce computer renderings in AutoCAD©. Ken also works with Walk-Through, Fly-Through, Pre-Visualization,

Kenneth Larson equally enjoys working with pencil, marker, watercolor, if you prefer. He began traditional drafting with a pencil in Junior High School.

Why you should want a Computer Specialist Set Designer in your Art Department

Absolut Versace
Absolut Versace

Outbreak
Outbreak.

Background

Born in the Media District of Burbank, Ken has always had a passion for buildings, theme parks, and sets. While not from a show biz family, Ken has been successful in the Entertainment Industry by acquiring and using his unique skills. Set Designing is Kenís passion. He has many years experience and a wide range of skills. Kenneth Larson lives and breaths Set Design and can think of nothing that he'd rather have as a profession, yet he has a wide range of other interests.

Ken is a film maker in the sense that his work aids in the film making process, but his passion is the scenery and he prefers working behind the camera. Ken does enjoy still photography.

It was probably logical for Ken to transition from an interest in theme parks to film sets It was always the scenery that interested Ken the most. It was not the round and round and up and down that Ken enjoyed, it was studying the scenery. Ken would go to Disneyland and spend hours studying and photographing the scenery and observing the transitions form one themed area to another. This would explain his reduced interest in non-themed amusement parks. Even today, on the weekend Ken visits historic buildings, sites, and museums and studies the details. Ken has a large library of reference from all areas of the world and major time periods. It is always helpful to study other scenery, but Ken likes to keep grounded in reality by studying the real thing.

While Kenneth Larson is dedicated to his profession, on the weekends, he volunteers at all three branches of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum system where he has served a combined total of over 25 years. Ken and his wife visit other museums and historical buildings and sites throughout the Southern California area and the Western United States. Ken Larson has a large research slide collection and library. Ken is developing two web sites dedicated to historically significant architecture in California and to the California Mission system. Ken is turning his passion for the California Missions into art and sculpture.

American Pie 2
American Pie 2.

Indiana Boomtown Casino
Indiana Boomtown Casino study model.



Availability


Kenneth A. Larson is currently finishing invasion , a new TV series for 2005-06 and working on a house remodel. Ken Larson is also developing web sites of Historical Architecture and California Missions. Ken is also working on his Mission Art series and writing in addition to establishing a photo archive for sales of art and stock photos. Kenneth A. Larson expects to be available for work as a Set Designer starting in mid-April. Ken is not hopeful for the renewal of invasion and is hoping to buy a house and needs work.

To see more detailed samples of Set Designs by Kenneth A. Larson, Art Directors and Production Designers can obtain Ken's phone number form Local 847 and call for a password and then click here.

Updated: 3-18-06.


Note: These drawings are presented here for portfolio purposes only. These drawings are not available for sale or to be given away in hard copy or digitally in any scale. I will be happy to show hard-copy during a legitimate job interview for Set Designer.

Race to Save Nome
Race to Save Nome, 2012.
10 back lot type buildngs for Nome 1917.

Ben and Kate
Ben and Kate, 2012.
Permanent sets for a sit-com.
American Horror Story
American Horror Story, 2011. ADG Nomination.
Season One.

The Guilt Trip
My Mother's Curse - renamed The Guilt Trip, 2011.

The New Girl
The New Girl, pilot, 2011. ADG Nomination.

Rizzoli and Isles
Rizzoli and Isles, 2010.

Justified
Justified, 2009-2010.
Season One.

GORP
Golden Oaks Ranch Project, 2008.
Disney back lot - Block B.

GORP
Golden Oaks Ranch Project, 2008.
Disney back lot - Block H.

GORP
Golden Oaks Ranch Project, 2008.
Disney back lot - Block I.

Polar Express
Polar Express, 2002.

Shrek
Shrek, 1996.

I was Computer Modeling,
when Computer Modeling wasn't cool.
Elevation of Step Building
I included this wire-frame drawings for a Vac-u-form buck using AutoCAD © R12 in 1992, when only a few Set Designers used the computer for anything.
T-square
Invasion
TV IconInvasion, Season One, 2005. AutoCAD ® 2004.


Gilmore Girls
TV IconGilmore Girls, 2004.

Wisconsin State Lottery. Preliminary sketch for bidding purposes for Cinema Production Services, Inc. The criteria was to make a Rube Goldberg like device to propel a lottery ball through a dozen events including two specific events, leading to the final result. AutoCAD ADT 2002 and pencil. 2004.
ER
TV IconER, 2003.
Sea Shadow
In Spring of 2003, I was hired to work as Computer Specialist Set Designer on an untitled Sony feature regarding futuristic Naval
and aircraft carrier designs. My start date was pushed several times until the show was finally canceled. While I waited, I began researching the latest navel designs and produced this 3D computer model of the Sea Shadow stealth ship. AutoCAD ©. 2003.
Everyday Life
TV IconEveryday Life, TV Pilot, This was not a typical Sit-Com, but rather, improvisation. AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2002. 2004.

The Spaces
TV Icon The Spaces. Set Design for futuristic sets for a sit-com pilot. Pencil, 2003.
Set Designers 50th Anniversary Party
Set Designers 50th Anniversary Party. AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 3.3 ©. 2002.

The Polar Express
Feature

The Polar Express for Castle Rock Entertainment. This was my second all CGI feature. I used AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 3.3 © to produce Set Designs for CGI sets. 2003.

I have been asked not to show any of my work on this show until after the film is released. If you wish to interview me for a legitimate job as a Set Designer, I will be happy to show hard-copy during the interview.

Borg Invasion
Borg Invasion a Star Trek attraction for a new Space Theme Park in Germany. I used AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 3.3 ©. 2002.
I Spy
Feature FilmI Spy reshoots. Bridge set and aircraft cockpit. Pencil, AutoCAD ©, and models. 2002
C. S. I.
TV Icon I have worked on C. S. I. - Crime Scene Investigators four times including the episode which was also the pilot for C. S. I. Miami. I began designing new production offices and reconfigured one set to move to a new studio. Later, I worked on several sets. The most recent work as Set Designer on C. S. I. was working on an episode to be used as a pilot for the spin-off series, C. S. I. Miani. Pencil, 2000-2002

Titus
TV IconTitus, pencil drafting and foam core models of sets for the Television series. 2001.
American Pie 2
Feature FilmSecret Disguise - American Pie 2, pencil drafting and foam core models. I was one of three Set Designers on this sequil to the popular feature American Pie. I worked on the light house, Dog Years Restaurant, Spanish Apartment, spotting plans, window and door details and interior room for the main house set, and other. 2001.
The Castle
Feature Film The Last Castle - Set Design Models. I worked at DreamWorks before the show moved to Tennessee. 2001.
Collateral Damage
Feature Film Collateral Damage. I worked as a Set Designer on this feature for three months. Sets included modifications to an existing house to fit our needs and converting an existing location to look like a street, Metro Station and museum. Also drew a cliff face, other smaller sets and objects for Set Dressing. I worked using traditional drawing (with pencil) and model making (foam core and card board) skills. 2000
Gabrielle
Gabrielle. I was the entire Art Department for this student film, including most of the set construction and painting. We remodeled one set and built two others, which was quite ambitious for a student film. AutoCAD © R15, 2000
Family First
TV IconThat's My Bush, original title Family First. Set of the White House State Dining Room, pencil, 2000
Dog Days
TV IconDog Days. I worked as a Set Designer on the three permanent sets, the house (remodeled from the pilot which I didn't work on), the Venice Marketplace, and the junk yard. My last day, I also completed the Italian Restaurant which was about 50% stock units. After three weeks, I left due to a production scheduling conflict. AutoCAD © R14, 2000.
House Beautiful/Art Directors Guild; Hollywood Bungalow Project
House Beautiful/Art Directors Guild; Hollywood Bungalow Project. A still photo spread in House Beautiful magazine (November 2000) and tour at Pacific Design center, July 13 to August 31, 2000. All of the Art Department work was completed by volunteer Art Directors and Set Designers. Pencil, 2000.
Kris' Apartment
Kris' Apartment - plan and elevations for a set of this turn of the (previous) century San Francisco Apartment. Pencil, 2000

Cabot
Cabot sailing ship set - plan. First US ship to sail around the world. AutoCAD © R15, 2000
Summer Nights
Summer Nights, Floor 1 and 2 plan. Contemporary house set. AutoCAD © R15, 2000
Freak Boy
I was most of the Art Department for Freak Boy. AutoCAD © R14. 1999

Generic Hospital
Hospital Emergency Room set. AutoCAD © R14, 1998

Ailen Empire
Feature Film Alien Empire. Plan and section of "Camp" set. AutoCAD © R12, 1997
X-Files
TV Icon I made numerous set designs and director drawings for the series X-Files when it first moved to Century City from Canada. AutoCAD © R14. 1998

Shrek
Feature Film I made numerous set designs and computer models/renderings for Shrek, a CGI film for DreamWorks Animation. I worked as an animator in Visual Development. AutoCAD © R14. 1998

The Pentagon Wars
TV Icon For The Pentagon Wars I made several drawings for the picture vehicle, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. These were plant-on details added to a real vehicle of a smaller size, made to look like a half scale working model of the final design. The story was about the development of this vehicle and how tests were falsified so that the unsafe vehicle would pass. AutoCAD © R14, 1997.

Batman and Robin
Feature Film Batman and Robin Visual Effects and Computer Specialist Set Designer. Dozens of drawings both new and as-built of miniatures. AutoCAD © R12, 1997

Cracker
TV IconCracker Police Station and house sets. Police station reflected ceiling plan and detail.
AutoCAD © R14, 1997
On the Run
On the Run Plan and elevation of Mexican village set. AutoCAD © R12, 1997
Absolut Versace
Absolut Versace, photo spread for Vogue Magazine including sets, furniture, and otehr objects made of ice. AutoCAD © R12, 1997

Temple
Feature Film Temple set, for the feature Ramayan. AutoCAD © R14, 1995

Contact
Feature Film Set Design model for Contact, 1996. This is the sphere that Jody Foster travels in.
Indiana Boomtown Casino
Indiana Boomtown Casino study model. Click for more models. Plastic, 1995

Eye Sign
Feature Film2D drawing of "Eye Sign" for Batman Forever. AutoCAD © R12, 1995
Outbreak
Feature Film I drew several sheets of details for a CGI ship for Outbreak for Boss Film. AutoCAD © R12, 1994

Lucky Goldstar
Lucy Goldstar, simulator ride. I both managed the laser cutting and worked as model maker for Boss Film, 1992. This is the finished model which covered approximately 2,5000 square feet and contained tens of thousands of laser cut windows. Had the windows been cut by hand, the sequence would not have been economical to produce. AutoCAD © R12, 1992

Camera Angle Template
Camera Angle Template. These are valuable tools for Set Designers. AutoCAD © R14, 1998


How to be a Set Designer.

What is a Set Designer and an Art Director?

In Theater, New York, and most places outside of "Hollywood," an Art Director and a Set Designer is the same position. Production Designer is a recent position, used sparingly before the 1960s. Now, a Production Designer does what an Art Director formerly did and an Art Director does what an Assistant Art Director formerly did. Oddly, there are still Assistant Art Directors doing tasks similar to Lead Set Designer.

In "Hollywood," the Art Director and the Set Designer are distinct positions. The Set Designer's job is to take the concepts and ideas of the Production Designer, Art Director, and Illustrator and translate these into working drawings and models to guide the actual construction of sets, props, picture vehicles, signage, and miniatures.

Note: On an IA*** production in "Hollywood," the only people legally allowed to do draftings or Art Department models are Local 847 Set Designers and Model Makers members in good standing.

Kenneth Larson works mostly as a Set Designer and prefers this position, but has worked occasionally as an Art Director/Production Designer.

*** IA is a commonly used abbreviation for, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada. Other abbreviations are IATSE, I.A.T.S.E., International.

Ailen Empire
Alien Empire.

Temple
Temple set for Ramayan.

Gabrielle
Gabrielle.

Moulding blocks for Set Designers.

Note: So far, no one has acknowledged that they are downloading my moulding blocks. As I am quite busy, I will suspend producing them until someone lets me know that someone is downloading them.

I make these Studio Mouldings available to Set Designers so that I can make you come back every week.

I will for now release 20 blocks per week in AutoCAD, DXF and VectorWorks, a different studio each month. Since there are sometimes five Sundays in a month, I will post a stage or other useful item the fifth Sunday.

So Set Designers, stop by about the middle of each week for 20 moulding blocks.

Note:There is a nasty rumor that Disney had discontinued production of moulding. On July 7, 2003, I call Disney molding and verified that DISNEY MOULDING IS STILL BEING PRODUCED and it is just a nasty rumor. I worked at Disney Moulding for several years toward the end of my Prop Maker career and while I returned to school and it is always my first choice in Moulding.

Note: I am busy with a big project and will suspend availability of mouldings for 4 weeks.

Free downloads of studio moulding in AutoCAD© R14 DWG and DXF and VectorWorks 10 MCD.

December 2003 - week 3

Updated: November 21, 2003

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Set Design Resume

Updated: April 30, 2003

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Full Credits
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