Ana Novačić is a Production Designer based in New York. Originally from Yugoslavia, Ana has lived in several countries, including China, Cyprus, Sweden, and Ireland. She obtained her BFA in Scenography from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where she also studied painting and art history. Ana is interested in projects centering on the human condition and the relationship between an individual and society. Her design process is rooted in the value of research, as she believes the aesthetic of any film is a reflection of the characters’ psychological realm, socioeconomic status, and identity. Ana is a Shubert Scholar and a member of the Irish Society of Stage and Screen Designers.
A selection of drawings and visualization work from academic projects.
Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon
“A hatch opens. Yawning space outside. Kane’s body shoots out into eternity. The hatch closes.”
I feel a constant tension between feminine and masculine energies in Alien. To me, it is about life and death – the incomprehensible miracle of life itself, and the frustrating simplicity of destruction. From the omnipresent Mother, to the unhatched eggs on the alien planet, the landscape of this film is a breeding ground for metaphors about fertility and creation. A deceptively straightforward horror/science fiction, the story is philosophical at its core, providing social commentary, and musings on the essence of human nature.
The Great Gatsby
Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola
“Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!”
A young man is the sole resident of Long Island’s most impressive mansion. While money torrentially pours in from questionable sources, he fixates on the green blinking light from across the bay, emanating from the home of America’s beloved socialite, Daisy Fay, with whom he shared a whirlwind romance. His yearning to rekindle young love and subsume his ostentatious surroundings with genuine human connection comes at a grave price, as the hierarchy of wealth capsizes his validity under the heavy sea of old money.
Master and Margarita (Thesis Project)
Screenplay by Roman Polanski
“Manuscripts don’t burn.”
Posing as a professor of the Dark Arts, Satan and his cronies arrive in Moscow to challenge the recently imposed atheist values of the Stalinist regime. His intellectual provocations quickly turn into menacing acts, landing many officials in a mental asylum after experiencing unsettling hallucinations and gory magic tricks. Here we meet the Master, a long-term resident whose literary career and romance were crushed by the government. He longs to be reunited with his beloved Margarita, who must sell her soul to the devil to find him.
The World's Greatest Spaghetti
Bounty hunters go to The World’s Greatest Spaghetti restaurant to kill a notorious criminal, but the Police Chief derails their plans.
Written and Directed by: Blaine Fuller
Director of Photography: Rachael Sonnenberg
Chiqui tells the story of Ruth “Chiqui” Baretto and Carlos “Popy” Cardona, two Colombian immigrants who travel to the United States in 1987 to build a new life for themselves and their unborn child.
Written and Directed by: Carlos Cardona
Director of Photography: Rand Rosenberg
Why don’t you just get a massage?
Directed by: Lana Bolycheva
Director of Photography: Irene Mercadal Albornoz
Storyboarding was my introduction to production design. Prior to sketching out my first shot list, I had focused on scenic and costume design for live performance. I was captivated by how the camera collaborated with the physical environment to tell stories, adding the dimension of distance to the visual vocabulary of space.