Virginia Mesiti • Production Designer and Art Director

Virginia is an Australian-born production designer whose work spans TV drama, film, music videos, TVCs and Events. Several short films Virginia’s designed have gone on to win awards nationally and on the international festival circuit. The first series of Southern Star’s Spirited which Virginia art directed won an AFI in 2010 for Best TV Drama and was nominated again in 2011 for Series 2 with Virginia as Production Designer.

Graduating from AFTRS in 2004 with a Masters in Production Design for Film and TV, Virginia was granted the InDesign Magazine Award for Design Excellence. The short film Philatelista she co-designed was also recognised with the SMPTE Creative Technology Award for Collaboration. Both her Masters and Graduate Diploma short film projects were nominated for Dendy Awards, Car Park in 2003 and Blue Poles in 2004. 

Gathering experience throughout her career in both locally-made feature films like Rowan Woods’ Little Fish as well as the US Warner Bros production of Superman Returns, Virginia has been exposed to the broad spectrum of budgets and resources allocated to the various projects she’s worked on. She has always taken pride in delivering a quality product where the vision is executed creatively and the process of collaboration respected.


Qualifications

AFTRS  2002 – 2004  MA of Film and Television in Production Design           

Film & Television

Production Designer • Sando (tv) • Oct 2017 - Dec 2017
ABC & Jungle Entertainment
Director(s): Van Vuuren Bros, Erin White

Production Designer • Here Come the Habibs! series 2 (tv) • Jul 2016 - Oct 2016
Channel Nine & Jungle Entertainment
Director(s): Darren Ashton, Peter Templeman, Phil Loyd, Fadia Aboud

Art Director • House of Bond mini-series (tv) • Mar 2016 - Jun 2016
Channel Nine & CJZ Worldwide Productions
Director: Mark Joffe • Production Designer: Scott Bird

Production Designer • Here Come the Habibs! (tv) • Sept 2015 - Nov 2015
Channel Nine & Jungle Productions
Director: Darren Ashton 

Production Designer • Teenage Kicks (ff) • June 2014 - Aug 2014
Azure Productions
Director: Craig Boreham 

Production Designer • The Moodys (tv) • July 2013 - Oct 2013
ABC & Jungleboys Productions    
Director: Trent O’Donnell  

Production Designer • A Moody Christmas (tv) • Feb 2012 - April 2012
ABC & Jungleboys Productions
Director: Trent O’Donnell                
Executive Producers: Debbie Lee & Jason Burrows 

Production Designer • Laid series 2 (tv) • July 2011 - Sept 2011
ABC & Porchlight Films
Director: Abe Forsythe                
Executive Producers: Debbie Lee & Liz Watts
    
Production Designer • Spirited series 2 (tv) • Dec 2010 - May 2011
Southern Star Productions
Directors: Rowan Woods, Jonathan Teplitzky, Jonathan Brough, / Michael J Rowlands & Stuart MacDonald.
Producers: Jacquelin Perske, Claudia Karvan

Art Director • Laid (tv) • June - Aug  2011
ABC & Porchlight Films
Production Designer: Pete Baxter

Art Director • Spirited (tv) • Oct 2009- Jan 2010
Southern Star Productions
Production Designer: Felicity Abbott

Production Designer • Dream Life (tv) • Aug - Oct 2008
Porchlight Films & MTV Pilot Series    
Director: Scott Otto Anderson

Art Director’s Assistant • Justice League of America (ff) • Oct ‘07 – Jan 2008
7 Friends Productions
Production Designer: Owen Paterson
 
Art Director • Love My Way (tv) • Jan – Feb 2007
Southern Star Productions
Production Designer: Colin Gibson   

Design Assistant  • Superman Returns (ff) • Dec 2004 – Aug 2005
Red Sun Productions
Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas 

Assistant Set Dresser • Little Fish (ff) • Sept –Dec 2004
Porchlight Films
Production Designer: Luigi Pittorino  

Selected TVC’s & Promos

AutoGuru I'm the guru Jungle Entertainment • June 2018 • Dir Al Morrow

Optus The Good, The Bad, The Beautiful Photoplay Films • May 2018 • Dir Scott Otto Anderson  

Fox Sports Studio Set Design • March 2018  

Freeview Meet the Freemans Jungle Entertainment • July 2017 • Dir Al Morrow

Mortein Powerguard Jungle Entertainment • September 2017 • Dir Al Morrow

St George Thumbs Photoplay Films • July 2015 • Dir Scott Otto Anderson  

Oral B Mouth Myths Photoplay Films • April 2015 • Dir Andrew Lancaster
    
Big W BabyMothers DayEaster Luscious International • Jan - Feb 2015 • Dir Tina Bull

Pepsi Max Exchange Photoplay Films • Oct 2014 • Dir Scott Otto Anderson

Google Albert’ & ‘Party Jungleboys Entertainment • Sept 2014 • Dir Scott Pickett

Hyundai i30 Odometer Photoplay Films • Sept 2014 • Dir Scott Otto Anderson

Purina Fancy Feast Photoplay Films • May 2014 • Dir Scott Otto Anderson

Young Talent Time Channel Seven Promo • Dec 2011 • Dir Ed Holmes

Open Universities Australia, 8Com • Nov 2011 • Dir Luke Shanahan

Nestle Chokito Jungleboys Productions • April 2010 • Dir Trent O’Donnell & Scott Pickett

Energy Efficiency Campaign Black Balloons 8Com • July 2009 • Dir Paul Goldman 

Canon iXUS Sliding Stories Photoplay Films • March 2009 • Dir Scott Otto Anderson

Short Films

A Low Hum • Dir Scott Otto Anderson • Photoplay Films

Greg’s First Day • Dir Scott Otto Anderson • Photoplay Films • Prods Florence Tourbier, Oliver Lawrence

The Last Race • Dir Jeremy Cumpston • Alagna Films • Prods Tristram Miall, Anita Belgiorno-Nettis

The Farm • Dir Romaine Morton • Brown Cab Productions • Production Designer: Alex Holmes
    
Ralph • Dir Deborah Mailman • Goalpost Pictures Australia • Production Designer: Alex Holmes

At The Tattooist • Dir Sophie Miller • YFF FTO short film

Blue Poles • Dir Darcy Yuille • AFTRS
Nominated 2004 Dendy Awards, Short Drama

Filatelista • Dir Jacob Zaremba • AFTRS Co-Designer
Winner 2004 SMPTE Collaborative Project Award

Car Park• Dir Darcy Yuille • AFTRS
Nominated 2003 Dendy Awards, Short Drama

Music Videos

Hilltop Hoods I Love It • Dir Nash Edgerton

Midnight Juggernauts Lara vs The Savages • Dir(s) Lucinda Schreiber & Beatrice Pegard

Short Stack Sway, Sway, Babay • Dir Dan Reisinger

Josh Pyke The Summer • Dir(s) Scott Otto Anderson & Yanni Pounartzis

Sneaky Sound System Kansas City • Dir Adam Cullen

Events

APDG Awards Sept 2011
Australian Production Design Guild Board Director

Filming Awards Feb 2008
Set Design

Show Crew Coordinator 15th Asian Games, Doha Qatar / Sept -Dec 2006
David Atkins Enterprises. Construction Manager: Jeremy Sparks

Design Assistant 15th Asian Games, Doha Sydney / Feb – Sept 2006
Art Directors: Michelle McGahey, Deb Riley & Catherine Perez-Mansill

Awards

2016 APDG Award for Design of a TV Commercial (Finalist)

2004 InDesign Magazine Award for Design Excellence

2004 SMPTE Creative Technology Award for Collaboration

 

Enjoying travel as well as a challenge, Virginia worked in Doha, Qatar on the 15th Asian Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2006. She has also worked across Australia on various film and TV productions including Adelaide with the SAFC, in the Northern Territory, shooting in both Darwin and Alice Springs, Melbourne for Film Victoria; designing the second series of the black comedy Laid, an ABC and Porchlight Films production.

Also for the ABC in 2012-13 Virginia designed the comedy hits A Moody Christmas and The Moody’s. In 2014 she designed the feature film Teenage Kicks for Azure Productions and in 2015 she designed the Channel 9 comedy Here Come the Habibs! Recently nominated for an APDG Award for her work on TV Commercials, Virginia is currently based in her hometown of Sydney where she continues to work as a Production Designer across film and TV.

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