Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Designing for Movies

There are hundreds of design jobs in the motion picture industry. The top design role is called "production designer" or "art director" with many other designers supporting them. For students who want to be designers and also like movies there are plenty of opportunities if they have what it takes.

One of the most famous movie designers is Rick Carter (right). Production Designer Rick Carter, whose work will be featured in Twentieth Century Fox's upcoming "Avatar" and Warner Brothers' "Sucker Punch," will receive the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award at the Festival's October 26 Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.

Carter was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction for "Forrest Gump" (left) (1994). He also received two nominations from the Art Directors Guild for Excellence in Production Design for "Amistad" (1997) and "Artificial Intelligence: AI" (2001). "Amistad" also earned Carter a Satellite Awards nomination, while "Artificial Intelligence: AI" garnered him an AFI Awards nomination.

Throughout the span of his over 20 year career in production design, Carter worked on such high-profile films as "Munich" (2005), "War of the Worlds" (2005), "The Polar Express" (1994), "Cast Away" (2000), "Jurassic Park" (1993), "Three Fugitives" (1989) and "The Goonies" (1985). He also worked on the Emmy Award® winning television series "Amazing Stories" from 1985-1986.

Carter will be honored during the Hollywood Film Festival's black-tie Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony banquet before a gathering of 1,200 industry and guild executives, stars, celebrities, filmmakers and media, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Previous recipients of the Festival's Production Designer honors are Robert Boyle, Henry Bumstead, Stuart Craig, William Creber, Dante Ferretti, Sarah Greenwood, Grant Major, Harold Michelson and John Myhre.

Look at the production design work Rick Carter did for the soon to be released movie Avatar by clicking on the heading above.

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