On set - The (Un)Holy Trinity


I am a London/ Essex based production designer
and art director. I was selected for Berlinale Talents 2022, I am a member of BAFTA crew, the British Film Designers Guild and the Production Designers Collective.

Recent shorts I have designed include, Dream Big (2022), directed by Pip Swallow and produced by Georgina French which is currently in post-production, Pops (2021), directed by Lewis Rose and produced by Chris Hees with leading short film production and distribution outfit - Salaud Morisset. Pops premiered at Oscar-Qualifying Flicker’s Rhode Island International Film Festival and officially selected at Oscar-Qualifiying  Indy Shorts International Film Festival, 2021. Other recent shorts Her Majesty (2021, dir. Rebekah Fortune) and The Honey Makers (2020, dir. Jeneffa Soldatic) were both officially selected at the Oscar+BAFTA accredited LA Shorts International Film Festival, 2021. My production design work on short films, Affection (2019) and Lola (2020), has been nominated for awards by the British Film Designers Guild. I received an honourable mention for best production design on Her Majesty at Prague International Indie Film Festival, 2021.

In 2020-21 I designed two first-time director indie feature films, Daemon Mind, by Jason Fité, our second collaboration following the multi award winning short film Mea Culpa for which I won a Best Art Direction award from the Long Island Film Expo Festival, and Will Higo’s first indie feature, The Group produced by Thalia Burrows at Special Treats Productions. 

I also assist production designers and art direct on feature film and tv dramas, recent credits include SKY/ HBO/ Sister Pictures mini series, Landscapers (2021), designed by Cristina Casali, and Netflix Drama Series, Treason (2022), designed by Catrin Meredydd.

Originally from Cumbria and with a background in youth and social work through film and digital arts projects, working at multi award winning film and digital arts charity, Signal Films (Barrow-in-Furness) I am committed to improving opportunities for people from all backgrounds into the industry. Having been mentored by designers/ art directors, Francesca Massariol and Fleur Whitlock through brilliant schemes by, Talking Point and Screen Skills, I understand how important those early connections are for levelling the playing field for people trying to break in to the film industry. I mentor for the BFI Film Academy, am a BAFTA crew mentor for young filmmakers, and have run production design workshops at Pauline Quirke Academy, National Theatre Education programme and EAST 15 university.

I am a co-founder of Micro Short Films, creating opportunities for professional networking by collaborating on super short, collective made films of 60s-2mins. Our most recent challenge I took part in as a collaborator in to co-create Bach is Blue, a micro short selected as a finalist at New York Flash Film Festival and Berlin Flash Film Festival.

I like to work with a scenographic approach to production design beginning with a early and equal collaboration between the director and the cinematographer.

May Davies

Production Design
+ Art Direction