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Overview (2)

Born in Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameRobert W. Welch III

Mini Bio (1)

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 A Little Princess (1995). He has been married to Catherine O'Hara since April 25, 1992. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Catherine O'Hara (25 April 1992 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (3)

Brother-in-law of Mary Margaret O'Hara and Marc O'Hara.
Graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture.
Has 2 sons, Matthew Welch (born 1994) and Luke Welch (born 1997), with Catherine O'Hara.

Personal Quotes (5)

When I met Tim Burton, it was like a breath of fresh air in terms of liberating me from dreary realism. He would push me towards German Expressionism and reference other movies. He was always a fan of old horror movies. But he would view them with a sense of humor. In that period when you try to wrap your head around his aesthetic you learn. But it was a fantastic experience that changed the way I approach movies from that movie on, as much as you just thought outside the constraints of realistic, replicating reality for movie design.
I can't think of a production designer working today who if offered the chance to design a horrible, rundown carnival/circus with all of the tents and wagons and all of the grotesquery, wouldn't leap at the opportunity because it's so much fun at an aesthetic level. Clowns and circuses are creepy to begin with.
I look for beauty and a pleasing aesthetic within the most mundane, most banal and try to find beauty. As horrible as those places are, you still get it and think it's sort of cool. The goal is to experience it cinematically and in person and bathe in it.
My memories of Beetlejuice (1988) are very fond, of course. I met my wife Catherine O'Hara, who was in it.
Any time you start a collaboration with a new director there's a certain amount of, "I'm there to help them make their movie," or at least that's the way I was raised as a designer. Very often nowadays there's a committee involved. A director has been downgraded, but that's nowadays on big movies. Then, they still gave the director the freedom to make a movie. Especially a movie like Beetlejuice (1988), which was relatively small budget in the scheme of things.

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