Originally from Harbin, China, the artist Xi Yang is a Los Angeles based set designer. She has a BFA in Digital Media Art, an MFA in Filmmaking and a second MFA in Production Design at American Film Institute. Yang has designed and art-directed multiple short films as well as a feature film. Her distinct visual style has been showcased in books and magazines. Yang was recognized at the 2016 American Movie Awards in the category of Production Design/Art Direction for her work on the film, Pressure-Man. Yang was chosen as one of the 2017 Art Directors Guild apprentices.
Production designers are responsible for the visual concept of a film, television or theatre production. They identify a design style for sets, locations, graphics, props, lighting, camera angles and costumes, while working closely with the director and producer.
Scenic design (also known as set design) is the creation of theatrical, as well as film or television scenery. Scenic designers come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, but in recent years, are mostly trained professionals, holding a B.F.A. or M.F.A. degrees in theater arts. Scenic designers design sets and scenery that aim to support the overall artistic goals of the production.