Pernell is a production designer who has worked in the film industry in Australia and the UK since 2012. She began her film career in the assistant directing and production departments, where she worked on productions for Disney and the BBC.
In 2019, she graduated with a Master of Production Design for Screen at The Victorian College of the Arts and in 2021 participated in the VicScreen professional attachment program, shadowing production designer Chris Kennedy on Paramount+ series Shantaram.
In 2023, Pernell earned her first production design credit for a feature film on the upcoming Australian film Strange Creatures and later that year received the APDG award for Best Emerging Designer for a Screen Production for her work on the film Small.
As a designer, Pernell most enjoys the unique collaboration between the director, cinematographer, production designer and costume designer in creating a film’s visual language. She is also passionate about designing with environmental impact and waste reduction in mind.
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