The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) said today the first-ever program will kick off Monday. The ADG’s Art Directors Council, headed by Jack Fisk, John Iacovelli, and Thomas A. Walsh, created the initiative to match aspiring production designers and art directors with professional guild mentors. Participants selected from college, university, and recent graduate applicants will receive workplace training in film, episodic TV, reality TV, commercial, live event, and theme park art direction. After training for a required minimum of 260 work days, ADG apprentices may be eligible to join the organization with the title of Assistant Art Director.
Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Skyfall’ Best Contemporary Film, Fantasy Film To ‘Life Of Pi’, Period Film ‘Anna Karenina’; Also ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’, ‘Girls’, 84th Oscars, ‘SNL’
Skyfall and James Bond were the big winners tonight as the Art Directors Guild handed out its 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2012. Unlike the Academy, the ADG divides production design for film honors into in three distinct categories — Period Film, Fantasy Film, and Contemporary Film — allowing Oscar rivals Anna Karenina and Life Of Pi to both take home top trophies. Meanwhile, Skyfall and its production designer Dennis Gassner took the Contemporary Film honors during the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Paula Poundstone, who kept the stylish below-the-line crowd rolling with trade-oriented zingers throughout the night. (The ADG loves her — it’s Poundstone’s fourth consecutive year doing her outsider stand-up comic routine as emcee.)
Earlier in the evening, the Bond franchise’s production gurus Gassner, Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, and Allan Cameron were honored with the guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award, recognizing the longest-running franchise in film history for its visionary and innovative design. Gassner called the franchise “the greatest privilege of my life and career”. The only person to take the stage twice tonight, he joined the Bond team as production designer on Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall and is working on the next Daniel Craig-starring sequel, Bond 24. “It’s a joy to be able to work with such good people,” he said from the podium after winning the final award of the night, “because it’s such hard work.”
It won’t be the last we hear from Bond this awards season: the Academy plans its own tribute to the franchise, and Adele is singing the Skyfall theme, during the Oscarcast on February 24.
In other top honors tonight, production designer Sarah Greenwood staked her claim as the Oscar frontrunner, winning the Period Film prize for Anna Karenina, and David Gropman won the Fantasy Film award for Life Of Pi. Both brought their considerable crews onstage with them. “No designer acts by himself, so I thank my fantastic crew that helped me on this journey”, Gropman said.
Before the show, four-time Oscar nominee Greenwood spoke with Deadline about her ADG and Academy Award nominations for Anna Karenina (she won her first ADG award for 2010′s Sherlock Holmes): “I get more nervous [with each nominated film]. The first time we came out we had no idea what this was all about. You come in like an ingenue and you’re very naive. Now you come out and it’s quite scary, you’ve really got to keep it up. We always said Anna Karenina was a ‘marmite film’ — you either love it or hate it. And the reactions have been quite profound. People either got it, or they haven’t got it, and that’s fine. Joe had a very strong vision for this and we followed it through.”
Awards in nine categories of production design for film, television, commercials and music videos were announced during the evening, which saw Star Trek production designer and art director Herman Zimmerman receive the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Family Guy creator (and Oscars 2013 host) Seth MacFarlane spoke of Zimmerman’s Star Trek legacy in a taped video: “Herman Zimmerman deserves a lot of credit that I don’t think he’s ever received for creating what is the most original production design for a spaceship that we’ve ever seen in the modern era of filmmaking.” The guild also enshrined Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson into the Hall Of Fame.
On the TV side, Saturday Night Live and the Academy Awards were repeat winners, while Girls (Judy Becker), Game Of Thrones (Gemma Jackson) and American Horror Story: Asylum (Mark Worthington) also scored. Following is a complete list of winners:
17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
Gassner previously won the Oscar for his work on Bugsy the same year he earned an Oscar nomination for Barton Fink. He is a man of few words but has the presence of mind to add a last important thank you before he departs the dais: “Thank you to David Gersh, my agent.”
LIFE OF PI
Production Designer: David Gropman
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood
The Art Directors Guild (ADG) today announced nominations in nine categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the ADG’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW for 2012. The nominations were announced by ADG Council Chair John Shaffner and Awards co-producers Greg Grande and Raf Lyndon. Deadline for final voting, which is done online, is January 31. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 2, 2013, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the fourth consecutive year.
Production Designer Herman Zimmerman will be the recipient of the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hall of Fame inductees are Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson. The Production Designers behind the JAMES BOND franchise, Sir Ken Adam, Allan Cameron, Dennis Gassner, and Peter Lamont will be honored for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:
ANNA KARENINA Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood
ARGO Production Designer: Sharon Seymour
DJANGO UNCHAINED Production Designer: J. Michael Riva
LES MISÉRABLES Production Designer: Eve Stewart
LINCOLN Production Designer: Rick Carter
LOS ANGELES, NOV. 5 — Three legendary Production Designers – Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson – will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame at the Guild’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 2, 2013, as announced today by ADG President Thomas A. Walsh and Awards Producers Greg Grande and Raf Lydon.
LOS ANGELES, OCT. 11 — Four-time Emmy® nominated Production Designer and Art Director Herman Zimmerman will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented by BMW at the Guild’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW on February 2, 2013. Best known for his work on the Star Trek franchise, Zimmerman began his career in 1965 working for NBC as assistant art director on Days of Our Lives. He worked on more than 35 television series and theatrical films throughout his 47 years in the industry.
The 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards, honoring production design in nine categories of theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos will be held February 2, 2013 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Here’s the timeline:
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012: Submissions for television programs and commercials open via online downloading (www.adg.org)
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012: Submissions for television programs and commercials close.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012: Online voting for nominations for Feature Film, Television begins.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 5 PM: Online voting for nominations for Feature Film, Television closes.
Thursday, January 3, 2013: Nominations announced.
Friday, January 4, 2013: Final ballot on-line voting begins.
Thursday, January 31, 2013: Final ballot on-line voting ends.
Saturday, February 2, 2013: Winners announced.
LOS ANGELES, January 3 — The Art Directors Guild (ADG) today announced nominations in nine categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the ADG’s 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2011. The nominations were announced by ADG Council President Thomas A. Walsh and Awards co-producers Tom Wilkins and Greg Grande. Deadline for final voting, which is done online, is February 2. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the third consecutive year.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Emmy Award® winning Production Designer Tony Walton. In addition, the ADG will induct the following legendary Production Designers from the past into its Hall of Fame: Robert Boyle, William Darling and Alfred Junge. This year’s Art Directors Guild Cinematic Imagery Award will be presented to the principal team behind the Harry Potter films including Producers David Heyman and David Barron; Director David Yates; creator and author J.K. Rowling; Screenwriter Steve Kloves; Production Designer Stuart Craig; Art Director Neil Lamont; and Set Decorator Stephenie McMillan. Filmmaker Cindy Peters’ will present a special 75th Anniversary film in eight chapters that celebrates inspirational achievements in design.
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2011:
THE ARTIST Production Designer: Laurence Bennett
HUGO Production Designer: Dante Ferretti
THE HELP Production Designer: Mark Ricker
ANONYMOUS Production Designer: Sebastian Krawinkel
TINKER TAYLOR SOLDIER SPY Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
LOS ANGELES, January 5 — The Art Directors Guild (ADG) today announced nominations in nine categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the ADG’s 15th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2010. The nominations were announced by ADG Council President Tom Walsh and Awards co-producers Dawn Snyder and Tom Wilkins. Deadline for final voting, which is done online, is February 3. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 5, 2011 from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the second consecutive year.
Theme of this year’s awards ceremony is “Designs on Film” as a tribute to Cathy Whitlock’s new HarperCollins book that traces 100 years of Hollywood Art Direction. Walsh will introduce the event. A Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Academy Award winning Production Designer Patricia Norris with director David Lynch set to present to her. In addition, the ADG will induct the following legendary Production Designers from the past into its Hall of Fame: Alexander Golitizen, Albert Heschong and Eugène Lourié. This year’s Art Directors Guild Cinematic Imagery Award will be presented to Syd Dutton and Bill Taylor, long-time visual effects artists from the legendary company, Illusion Arts. Filmmaker Cindy Peters’ will present a special short video about the many diverse tasks performed by Art Department craftpersons featuring interviews with seasoned and aspiring members of ADG.
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2010:
TRUE GRIT Production Designer: Jess Gonchor
THE KING’S SPEECH Production Designer: Eve Stewart
SHUTTER ISLAND Production Designer: Dante Ferretti
ROBIN HOOD Production Designer: Arthur Max
GET LOW Production Designer: Geoffrey Kirkland
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Production Designer: Robert Stromberg
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Production Designer: Stuart Craig
INCEPTION Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas
TRON: LEGACY Production Designer: Darren Gilford
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER Production Designer: Barry Robison
BLACK SWAN Production Designer: Therese DePrez
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt
THE FIGHTER Production Designer: Judy Becker
THE TOWN Production Desinger: Sharon Seymour
127 HOURS Production Designer: Suttirat Larlarb
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2009:
Single Camera Television Series
MAD MEN Episode: Public Relations Production Designer: Dan Bishop
TRUE BLOOD Episode: Trouble Production Designer: Suzuki Ingerslev
THE TUDORS Episode: 407 Production Designer: Tom Conroy
24 Episode: 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Production Designer: Carlos Barbosa
GLEE Episode: Britney/Brittany Production Designer: Mark Hutman
Television Movie or Mini-Series
SECRETS IN THE WALL Production Designer: Robb Wilson King
REVENGE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS Production Designer: Marcia Hinds
Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series
MODERN FAMILY Episode: Halloween Production Designer: Richard Berg
30 ROCK Episode: Live Show Production Designer: Keith Raywood, Teresa Mastropierro, Peter Baran
OUTSOURCED Episode: Home For the Diwalidays Production Designer: Joseph P. Lucky
UNITED STATES OF TARA Episode: Trouble Junction Production Designer: Cabot McMullen
COMMUNITY Episode: Basic Rocket Science Production Designer: Derek R. Hill
Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Episode: Betty White/Jay Z Production Designer: Keith Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Episode: Natural History Production Designer: Stephan G. Olson
HELL’S KITCHEN Episode: #810 Production Designer: John Janavs
CONAN Episode: #1.1 Production Designer: John Shaffner, Joe Stewart
TWO AND A HALF MEN Episode: Hookers, Hookers, Hookers Production Designer: John Shaffner
Awards, Music, or Game Shows
82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS Production Designer: David Rockwell
2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS Production Designer: Florian Wieder
62ND PRIME TIME EMMY AWARDS Production Designer: Steve Bass
67TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS Production Designer: Brian J. Stonestreet
SUPER BOWL XLIV Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers
LOS ANGELES, November 22, 2010 — Academy Award®-winning Production Designer and Costume Designer Patricia Norris will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Art Directors Guild’s 15th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on February 5, 2011, it was announced today by Thomas A. Walsh, ADG Council President, and Awards co-producers Dawn Snyder and Tom Wilkins. The award will be presented at a black-tie industry gathering at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Four-time Academy Award nominee for Art Direction and iconic production designer Robert F. Boyle died yesterday of natural causes after a 2-day stay in Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 100. His work on North by Northwest, Gaily, Gaily, The Shootist, and Fiddler on the Roof and 86 other motion pictures …