Photo by Bill Mudge @mudgery
I am a London/ Essex based emerging production designer with a portfolio of short and feature films, live performance and art installation. I was awarded the technical award for best art direction at the Long Island Film Festival 2019 for Mea Culpa, a short film by Jason Fite. We wrapped on his feature film, Daemon Mind in September 2020.

I have been a BAFTA crew member since 2017 and am a member of the British Film Designers Guild, the British Society of Theatre Designers and The Production Designers Collective.

I have been assisting in the art department for 5 years on a variety of feature film and tv productions (recent credits include Farming and BFI Features The Power and Martyrs Lane). 

Following a fine art degree in 2007, I worked for 7 years in my home county, Cumbria, with a female-led film charity and production company, Signal Films in Barrow-in-Furness, which has produced an impressive slate of award winning short and feature length films and provided 1000s of disadvantaged people access to filmmaking opportunities. As a small company we all took part in the whole process of filmmaking. Producing, self-shooting and editing promotional and narrative films gave me a basic understanding of the filmmaking process and an appreciation of creating images for screen. After completing an MA in theatre design 2015 I decided to combine my love of art and storytelling and embark on a freelance career in the art department and as a production designer.

I remain committed to providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds into the industry. I am a BAFTA crew mentor for BFI Film Academy alumni and continue to develop and lead on projects and sessions at Signal Films, Pauline Quirke Academy, National Theatre Education programme, BFI Film Academy and East15.

I believe working across different mediums opens exciting possibilities for new work. Finding new ways of working is something I believe is one way to positively address to imbalance of social and economic diversity and inclusion in the film industry. I am interested in and welcome projects that explore the relationship between different art forms and share these ideals.

“None of the traditional arts reveals so massive a disproportion between the possibilities it offers and its achievements.” - Luis Buñuel 1959, in Cinema as an Instrument of Poetry

May Davies

Production Design
+ Art Department
+44 7841 011 955