At the tender age of 4 years old Lana started
creating imaginary worlds for her and her dolls to live in.
She wove fantasy into reality by using whatever she could
find: her mother’s curtains to make dresses and crystal
bowls for Barbie beds. It was this imaginary world that
fuelled the creativity of an only child and this creativity
that never stopped developing
by this intense desire to create she started fashioning the
worlds of her mind into reality. Over a span of 30 years
Lana has proven that this gifted talent has been put to good
use, and in this creative nature has completed an impressive
number of, TV commercials, documentaries and feature films
first studied fine arts, dress design and then photography
she can now claim to be an all rounder when it comes to
translating a concept into a visual representation. This she
does with a well trained and a keen eye for detail and
colour. Besotted with film from a young age, she was
determined to do whatever she could to get into the film
industry. Having started in the industry as a production
assistant, sweeping the studio floors, she quickly
progressed to a production manager. Both the latter stages
obviously layed the good foundation for understanding and
implementing both budgets and schedules that would become
vital at a later stage. However that ever present
blossoming flower of creative talent could not be held back
and it wasn’t long before she was recruited into the art
department. Lana went on to be the assistant to her mentor,
Jon Jon Lambon, another Art Director, for some 10 years
before she went it alone and made a name for herself. She is
both versatile as an Art director and Wardrobe Designer. It
is in this way that Lana has worked her way to where she is
today, learning the ins and outs of the film industry from
every aspect. As an Art Director she has completed over 400
commercials as well as been accredited with many feature
films behind her name. This then proves that she can handle
both long format and tvc’s films with ease and is an asset
to any production. She has woven her magic creativity from
the Lakes of Tahoe to the shores of the Seychelles and from
the salt pans of Africa to the shops of Singapore, bringing
her artistic talent to such prestigious commercials as The
Peter Stuyvesant and Dunhill campaigns amongst many others.
worked with both local and international directors and
production companies. Due to her professional outlook, her
hands on attitude and tremendous team spirit she is known to
work well with out of town production designers as well.
The fact that she has worked all around the world makes her
comfortable working with crews of any language and she can
certainly slot into the saying “When in Rome” with ease.
She is always available and loves to travel to any
destination at any time.
these comfortable and friendly ways she has done extensive
work in Africa, especially Nigeria and Kenya where she has
worked on productions of all sizes and has successfully
implemented budgets both big and small. This is a discipline
to which she is constantly committed.
incredible stamina, and will work around the clock to get
the job done. Her ability to interpret a brief and
understand the director’s needs and vision make her a huge
support not only to the director but an asset also to the
producer and his team, this she achieves by keeping an ever
watchful eye on the budget as well as the creative side .
Likewise with her experience and trouble shooting she keeps
a client and agency feeling very secure. Lana is known to
maintain the same energy level and passion throughout the
production and honesty is key to her philosophy of life.
While she has a bubbly, and fun loving personality her
sense of professionalism keeps her serious, without loosing
her youthful and spontaneous outlook on life.
After 30 years of film making, one might ask
the question, ’Where to from here?’ Her aspirations for the
future are only to be better than her last job and for that
flower of creativity to continue to grow with wisdom and
spirit. Her fuel is the passion for success and “The force”
behind her is the Angel Gabriel- Angel of art, design,
communication and brave new ideas, the essence of her core.
CV OF ELAINE CHRISTIE-GOODALL