The Greatest Production Designers Ever!

by jeffreykare | created - 04 Jul 2012 | updated - 16 Sep 2013 | Public

1. Rick Carter

Production_designer | Avatar

Rick Carter was born in 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a production designer and art director, known for Avatar (2009), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Lincoln (2012).

Back to the Future Parts II & III, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Cast Away, The Polar Express, Munich, Avatar, Sucker Punch, War Horse, Lincoln

2. Bo Welch

Production_designer | Edward Scissorhands

Bo Welch was born on November 30, 1951 in Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert W. Welch III. He is a production designer and director, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), Men in Black (1997) and Thor (2011). He has been married to Catherine O'Hara since April 25, 1992. They have two children.

Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Men in Black, Wild Wild West, Men in Black II, Land of the Lost, THOR, Men in Black III

3. Rick Heinrichs

Production_designer | Sleepy Hollow

Rick Heinrichs is known for his work on Sleepy Hollow (1999), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

The Big Lebowski, Sleepy Hallow, Planet of the Apes, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest & At World's End, The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie

4. Jess Gonchor

Production_designer | Hail, Caesar!

Jess Gonchor was born on July 15, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a production designer and art director, known for Hail, Caesar! (2016), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).

Capote, The Devil Wears Parda, No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Moneyball, The Lone Ranger

5. J. Michael Riva

Production_designer | Iron Man

J. Michael Riva was born on June 28, 1948 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as John Michael Riva. He was a production designer and art director, known for Iron Man (2008), Django Unchained (2012) and The Color Purple (1985). He was married to Wendy Riva and Julia Riva. He died on June 7, ...

The Color Purple, Charlie's Angels, Zathura, Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, Django Unchained

6. Nathan Crowley

Production_designer | Dunkirk

NATHAN CROWLEY (Production Designer) Born in London, grew up in Islington. Attended Brighton School of Art in England. He has received Academy Award nominations for" The Prestige", "The Dark Knight" and " Interstellar", also Bafta Nominations for "Batman Begins", "The Dark Knight" , "Interstellar" ...

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, John Carter, The Dark Knight Rises

7. Dante Ferretti

Production_designer | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Dante Ferretti was born on February 26, 1943 in Macerata, Marche, Italy. He is known for his work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Shutter Island (2010) and Gangs of New York (2002).

Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Shutter Island, HUGO

8. Robert Stromberg

Production_designer | Avatar

Robert Stromberg is known for his work on Avatar (2009), Maleficent (2014) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Oz: The Great & Powerful

9. Grant Major

Production_designer | King Kong

Grant Major was born in 1955 in Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand. He is known for his work on King Kong (2005), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Green Lantern

10. Philip Messina

Production_designer | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Philip Messina was born on February 19, 1965 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA as Philip Joseph Messina. He is a production designer and art director, known for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Mother! (2017). He is married to Kristen Toscano ...

Erin Brokovich, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, 8 Mile, The Last Airbender, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

11. Martin Whist

Art_director | A Series of Unfortunate Events

Martin Whist is a production designer and art director, known for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Down with Love (2003) and The Predator (2018).

Smokin' Aces, Cloverfield, Devil, Super 8, The Cabin in the Woods

12. Alex McDowell

Production_designer | Fight Club

Alex McDowell is an award-winning narrative designer working at the intersection of Design, Technology and Storytelling. He is founder and creative director at Experimental Design, where he and his team design the future for industries and institutions, building worlds across media. He is a ...

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Watchmen, Man of Steel

13. David Gropman

Production_designer | Life of Pi

Born in Los Angeles, California, David received his BA from San Francisco State University and MFA from Yale School of Drama in stage design. Broadway and Off Broadway credits include: The 1940's Radio Hour, Mass Appeal, Lena Horne; The Lady and Her Music, True West and Buried Child. As well he ...

Chocolat, Casanova, Little Children, Hairspray, Doubt, Taking Woodstock, Old Dogs, Date Night, Life of Pi

14. Dominic Watkins

Production_designer | The Mummy

Born in London and currently residing in Los Angeles, Production Designer Dominic Watkins has designed a dozen movies and hundreds of commercials.

Dominic started his career in New York and began working at the premier clubs in New York City like Danceteria, Palladium and The Tunnel as an Art ...

Bad Boys II, The Bourne Supremacy, Alpha Dog, United 93, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Green Zone, Snow White & the Huntsman, Red Dawn

15. Claude Paré

Production_designer | Spider-Man: Far from Home

Claude Paré is an art director and production designer, known for Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Dark Phoenix (2019) and It (2017).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters

16. Guy Hendrix Dyas

Production_designer | Inception

Guy Hendrix Dyas is a British production designer for feature films. In 2011, his collaboration with Christopher Nolan on the science fiction thriller Inception earned him an Academy Award nomination, a BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, and an Art Directors Guild Award [ADG]. In 2017, Dyas ...

X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Inception

17. John Myhre

Production_designer | Memoirs of a Geisha

John Myhre was born in 1959. A film buff from an incredibly early age he began watching the TV coverage of the Oscars aged five and received a Super-8 camera for his seventh birthday. After graduating from Nathan Hale High School he studied film at the Bellevue Community College in the 1970s, ...

Elizabeth, X-Men, Ali, Chicago, The Haunted Mansion, Memoirs of a Geisha, Dreamgirls, Wanted, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, X-Men: Days of Future Past

18. John Barry

Production_designer | Superman

John Barry was a British production designer. Started his career in the art department of the movie Cleopatra (1963). He is known chiefly for his imaginative design work on "Star Wars" and "Superman: The Movie". Barry got the opportunity to direct the sci-fi movie "Saturn 3" but was replaced during...

Star Wars, Superman

19. Norman Reynolds

Art_director | Star Wars

Norman Reynolds was born on March 26, 1934 in Willesden, London, England as Norman William Reynolds. He is a production designer and art director, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Return to Oz, Young Sherlock Holmes, Empire of the Sun, Alien 3, Mission Impossible

20. Arthur Max

Production_designer | Gladiator

A native New Yorker who worked as a Stage Lighting Designer in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the music industry, and then, after studying architecture in England and Italy, went on to do several architectural design projects in London. He entered British film as an assistant to several British ...

Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Panic Room, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Robin Hood, Prometheus

21. Sarah Greenwood

Production_designer | Anna Karenina

Sarah Greenwood is a production designer and set decorator, known for Anna Karenina (2012), Atonement (2007) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist, Sherlock Holmes, Hanna, Anna Karenina

22. Donald Graham Burt

Production_designer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Donald Graham Burt is known for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Gone Girl (2014).

Because of Winn-Dixie, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

23. Jim Bissell

Production_designer | 300

Jim Bissell is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BFA in Theater. After working in New York and L.A. on commercials and low budget features, he won an Emmy Award in 1980 for his work on Palmerstown, U.S.A. followed by a BAFTA nomination for production design on ...

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Good Night and Good Luck, 300, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,

24. Roger Ford

Production_designer | Rabbit-Proof Fence

Roger Ford is a production designer and costume designer, known for Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), The Dressmaker (2015) and Peter Rabbit (2018).

Babe, Peter Pan, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Raven

25. Catherine Martin

Producer | Moulin Rouge!

Catherine Martin was born on January 26, 1965 in Lindfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is a producer and costume designer, known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Great Gatsby (2013) and Australia (2008). She has been married to Baz Luhrmann since January 26, 1997. They have two children.

Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia, The Great Gatsby

26. Scott Chambliss

Production_designer | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Scott Chambliss is known for his work on Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Star Trek (2009).

Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, Tomorrowland

27. Owen Paterson

Production_designer | V for Vendetta

Owen Paterson is a production designer and art director, known for V for Vendetta (2005), The Matrix (1999) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).

The Matrix, V for Vendetta

28. Dennis Gassner

Production_designer | Blade Runner 2049

Dennis Gassner was born in 1948 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is known for his work on Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Skyfall (2012) and Road to Perdition (2002).

Field of Dreams, Bugsy, Waterwold, The Truman Show, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Road to Perdition, Big Fish, The Ladykillers, Jarhead, The Golden Compass, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Into the Woods

29. Hugh Bateup

Production_designer | Cloud Atlas

Hugh Bateup is known for his work on Cloud Atlas (2012), The Matrix (1999) and Superman Returns (2006).

Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending

30. Peter Lamont

Production_designer | Titanic

Peter Lamont was born on November 12, 1929 in England as Peter Curtis Lamont. He is known for his work on Titanic (1997), Casino Royale (2006) and Aliens (1986).

Aliens, License to Kill, True Lies, Goldeneye, Titanic, Die Another Day, Casino Royale

31. Anthony Pratt

Production_designer | The Phantom of the Opera

Anthony Pratt was born on November 27, 1937 in London, England. He is known for his work on The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Hope and Glory (1987) and Excalibur (1981).

The Man in the Iron Mask, Band of Brothers, The Phantom of the Opera, Rome

32. Eve Stewart

Production_designer | Les Misérables

Eve Stewart was born in 1961 in London, England. She is known for her work on Les Misérables (2012), The King's Speech (2010) and The Danish Girl (2015).

De-Lovely, Elizabeth I, Becoming Jane, John Adams, The King's Speech, Les Miserables

33. Tom Foden

Production_designer | The Cell

Tom Foden was born in England. He is known for his work on The Cell (2000), Immortals (2011) and One Hour Photo (2002).

The Cell, The Village, Immortals, Mirror Mirror

34. William Sandell

Production_designer | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

William Sandell was born on 9 August 1950 and grew up in Los Angeles. He first entered films as a set dresser and assistant art director with exploitation films like 'Invasion of the Bee Girls' and 'Zombie Prom', receiving his first credit as a production designer with 'The Promise' in 1979. Since ...

Airplane II: The Sequel, RoboCop, Total Recall, Newsies, Hocus Pocus, The Flintstones, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Dr. Doolittle 2, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Paycheck, Poseidon, Hotel for Dogs

35. Dan Hennah

Art_director | King Kong

Dan Hennah was born in Hastings, New Zealand. He is a production designer and art director, known for King Kong (2005), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He has been married to Chris Hennah since March 17, 1973.

The Hobbit Trilogy

36. Thomas E. Sanders

Production_designer | Crimson Peak

Thomas E. Sanders was born in 1953 in San Pedro, California, USA. He was a production designer and art director, known for Crimson Peak (2015), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Braveheart (1995). He died on July 6, 2017.

Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Secretariat, Red Riding Hood, After Earth



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