Photo by Bill Mudge @mudgery
I am a London/ Essex based production designer with a portfolio of short and micro budget feature films, live performance and art installation. I have been assisting in the art department for 5 years on a variety of feature film and tv productions (recent credits include HBO/ Sister Pictures, Landscapers and BFI Features The Power and Martyrs Lane).

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 live in and co-run a pub in Essex, I like sailing and  cross-artform collaborations and I believe that everyone can do their bit to open the film industry to as many new people as possible.

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 at Wimbledon College of Art 2015, I began 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 have developed and lead on projects and sessions at Signal Films, Pauline Quirke Academy, National Theatre Education programme, BFI Film Academy and East15.

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

mayjdavies@gmail.com
+44 7841 011 955