THE QUICK VERSION
DESIGN FOR FILM
For almost 2 decades, I've worked on full-run Hollywood film and television productions as an Art Director and Assistant Art Director, as well as Graphic Designer, often creating vast amounts of graphics, and aiding in the conceptualization and design of film sets and locations, builds and props. The list of productions include those by producers:
Dreamworks (Spielberg), Disney, Warner Bros., MGM Studios, Ridley Scott, MTV, Brad Pitt, (Plan B Entertainment), FX, CBS, Discovery Channel, Lifetime Television, the Cohen Brothers, and more.
As a Production Designer on smaller feature films (Designing the look and sets for film), I received an AMPIA nomination for Production Design and received a Golden Sheaf Award for an Art Film Short that was showcased at the MOMA New York.
More recently, I worked on the first and second seasons of the acclaimed MGM Studios TV Miniseries, Fargo, winner of 18 Emmy Award Nominations and 3 Emmy Wins for the first season, and 36 Emmy nominations including a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Production Design, and 2 Emmy wins for the second season.
Fargo the TV series was conceived by Warren Littlefield former producer of NBC for 20 years, It is written and co-Produced by Noah Hawley and the Cohen Brothers. It captures the quality and flavour of the original Fargo Film of 1996. Each Season holds a new story line and a new cast of characters.
Fargo the TV Series in total won over 160 award nominations between the first two seasons which also included a number of Golden Globe awards including Best Television Film or Miniseries. Other awards included a Critics Choice award, American Film Institute Award, Dorian Award, and a Peabody Award.
I came onto Fargo Season 1 as a Graphic Designer for our hero props and set needs, and by Season 2 was involved heavily in designing the look of some of our sets as an Assistant Art Director. I was nominated for Contribution to Excellence in Production Design for both seasons of Fargo, by the Art Directors Guild Awards (ADG) out of LA, Hollywood. In Season 2 my involvement included designing parts or all, of the exterior looks for a handful of the hero sets, as well as the exterior shops/streets of fictional Luverne MN.
Especially heavy was my involvement in the exterior look of the iconic set for Season 2, “The Waffle Hut” and “Bud’s Meats”. My involvement also included contributing to the design of a few interior locations transformed to our film needs. There were large amounts of interior and exterior graphics as well, for the sets and for designing our hero Props. Season 2 won a Primetime Creative Emmy nomination for Production Design, meaning for the design and look of the film.
The Series hosted a long string of notable stars, including Martin Freeman, BillyBob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, Adam Goldberg, Jeffrey Donovan, Patrick Wilson, Adam Arkin, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemens, Jean Smart, Patrick Williams, Ted Danson, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, among others.
I've been honoured to receive a third nomination for Contribution to Excellence in Production Design by the Art Directors Guild, for a Spielberg Series of Films for Television. On this production, as the Principal Researcher for the Series, I communicated our design research directly to Mr. Spielberg. This production was also nominated for a Primetime Creative Emmy for Production Design.
I will add one more experience that seems relevant in the AUArts community. In 2002 I participated as an Art Director/Designer with an Aboriginal Screenwriters Workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts. This program was initiated by Jordan Wheeler, Writer and Story Editor on the 90’s television series, North of 60.
Aboriginal applicants were selected from across North American to participate in a Screenwriting intensive for episodic television. In smaller time portions, applicants participated over a period of 3 years to create their own Bible for episodic. In this workshop a film crew was assembled to shoot one episode from each of the final Bibles, which was then showcased. Aboriginal film Interns worked alongside seasoned Aboriginal film veterans and local film crew. Sets and props were created, actors were cast, a director hired, and footage was edited with sound.
It is the stories in the episodes however, that were impactful and in many ways haunt me to this day, as they were an authentic window into a world that is kept well hidden.
AGENCY DESIGN + ADVERTISING
I’ve worked in the agency world for one of Western Canada's largest design/advertising firms as well as working on contract for others including an international agency with a local office (Ogilvy & Mather). For Ogilvy & Mather I desgined their website, and worked with the advertising team creating ads for Telus. I was offered a position with them to set up a Design Department within their advertising agency.
I’ve worked in various applications, including but not limited to: Web Design, Branding, Corporate Annual Reports, Packaging Design, Advertising, Magazine Design/Art Direction, Motion Graphics, and Film Title Design (and film credits design, film poster design).
Through a one-person studio over the years, I’ve also serviced clients, sometimes teaming up with other creatives and/or freelance Account Executives. Much of this work was for Oil & Gas, the entertainment sector, or for small startups and local businesses.
For example, one startup company was ready to launch a new product. They had developed a natural medicinal active ingredient with Health Canada, which was highly anti-viral with strong antibacterial properties. It was a successful treatment for Shingles, Cold Sores, Strep Throat, etc and was given a “DIN Number” qualifying it as a medical product. There was talk of this ingredient becoming a solution to antiobiotic resistance. This product required branding, and creating the packaging design.
They required a website, which was designed with an animated ad at the front end. There was also point of purchase material, collateral, and the usual stationary and digital needs. This ingredient was first placed into a cold sore lip salve, as a point of generating income. It was sold in most pharmacies across Canada.
FINE ART PRACTICE
As a practicing visual artist, I work with conceptual and figurative sculpture applications, video documentary, and large-scale photo based work. I am particularly interested in story.
In 2008, I received an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant in the sum of $6,000 to document the stories of New Immigrants to Canada in Video and in Sculpture, ones who came from difficult pasts. My studio has resided with the Burns Visual Arts Society (BVAS) for the past 6 years, one of Canada’s oldest Artist Co-ops. The Glenbow Museum has archived our work.
I’ve recently shown conceptual sculpture work in New York in a Juried show, and have had representation locally in our Calgary Galleries, for sculpture and photography. As an alumni of the New York Studio School (Sculpture), I was asked to start a Canadian Chapter.
I studied Drawing with a Professor from the Academy of Leningrad, Russia, and have passed on this master drawing knowlege to teens, via teaching CBE art curriculum at a Calgary private school, rated in the top 10 in Canada for academics, as well as through the summer Continuing Education Program with AUArts. I have also taught Figurative Clay sculpture (adult) through AUArts Continuing Education and through the Red Deer College Summer Series.
For the Calgary private school, I helped orchestrate a school-wide project based learning exhibition for which I brought in film personnel to work with the students on their designs and construction. The resulting exhibition culminated in Channel 2&7 Media coverage, and a Press Conference at the School by the Former Ministry of Education. I also organized a cultural/arts trip to New York for the Art10-30 students. I taught there for one year during a Screenwriter’s strike in the film industry.
THE DETAILED VERSION
Main Researcher for the Steven Spielberg Film Production “Into the West” Mini-Series (6 Two-hour movies for Television) 2004
Winner of 2 Primetime Emmy Awards and 16 Emmy Nominations including Outstanding Art Direction (2006)
Milton Glaaser, Design Discourse | Graphic Design Workshop, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York 1995
New York Studio School | Figurative Anatomical Study | Sculpture Marathon | Bruce Gagnier, Chris Cairns, Ed Smith 2004
AWARDS | MOTION PICTURE FILM & TELEVISION
2016 Art Directors Guild Awards (L.A.) | Nomination : Contribution to Excellence in Production Design for
Television Movie or Mini-Series. (Fargo Television Series, Season 2)
2015 Art Directors Guild Awards (L.A.) | Nomination : Contribution to Excellence in Production Design for
Television Movie or Mini-Series (Fargo Television Series, Season 1)
2005 Art Directors Guild Awards (L.A.) | Nomination : Contribution to Excellence in Production Design for
Television Movie or Mini-Series (A Stephen Spielberg Production)
1998 Golden Sheaf Award | Yorkton International Film Festival | Best Art Direction
(Shown at the New York MOMA)
1999 AMPIA | Nomination : Best Art Direction Feature Film
1998 IRIS | Best Art Direction Music Video
FILM & TELEVISION | DESIGN | HIGHLIGHTS | 1998-2020
Art Director / Assistant Art Director | Hollywood Films and Television Productions by Producers (selected) :
Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Disney, Warner Bros., Cohen Bros., Ridley Scott, MGM, MTV, Fox Entertainment, CBS, ABC
Film Production Designer | Feature Films + Art Film Short
Designer/Art Director | Television Commercials | Television Shows
Graphic Designer | Hollywood Films and Television Productions
FILM & TELEVISION | DESIGN | DETAIL | 1998 – 2020
PRODUCTION DESIGNER (Film Designer and Set Designer )
2003 THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A GHOST | Feature Film
1998 BAD MONEY | Feature Film | Nomination Best Art Direction, AMPIA 2000
1998 BEAUTY CROWDS ME | Art Film | Won Best Art Direction Golden Sheaf
Shown at New York MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)
ART DIRECTOR | ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR | GRAPHIC DESIGNER | FILM & TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
(Assistant to the Production Designer, Art Direction, Graphic Design)
2015 FARGO | T.V. Mini-Series, Season 2, MGM Studios, Producers : Cohen Brothers, Warren Littlefield, Noah Hawley
Starring : Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Jesse Plemens, Brad Garrett, Adam Arkin (Adam Arkin
also directed a few of the episodes of Fargo Seaon 2).
This season was nominated for 36 Emmy nominations, and won 3 Emmies, Critics Choice award, American Film
Institute Award, Dorian Award, Peabody Award.
I received a Nomination for the Art Director’s Guild Award for “Contribution to Excellence in Production Design” (L.A.)
This season also received a Primetime Creative Emmy Award nomination for the Design.
2014 FARGO | T.V. Mini-Series, Season 1, MGM Studios, Producers : Cohen Brothers, Warren Littlefield, Noah Hawley
Starring : Martin Freeman, BillyBob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, Adam Goldberg, Jeffrey Donovan,
This Season was nominated for 18 Emmy awards and won 2 Emmies for Outstanding Mini-Series and
Outstanding Directing. It also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Mini-Series or Television Film. Most of my work on this
Series was Graphic Design, especially as relates to hero props, and to our sets.
I received a Nomination for the Art Director’s Guild Award for “Contributon to Excellence in Production Design (L.A.)
2013 FORSAKEN | Feature Film, Rollercoaster Entertainment | Assistant Art Director
Starring : Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox
2013 KLONDIKE | T.V. Mini-Series, Discovery Channel, Producer : Ridley Scott | Graphic Designer
Primetime Emmy Award Nomination for Best Miniseries. Starring : Tim Roth, Sam Shepard.
2012 RACE TO SAVE NOME | Feature Film, Freedom Films (Pre-Production), Freedom Films | Graphic Designer
2010 HEARTLAND | Television Series, CBC | Graphic Designer
2010 LOST HOLIDAY: THE JIM & SUZANNE SHEMWELL STORY” | T.V., Lifetime Television | Graphic Designer
2009 12 MEN OF CHRISTMAS | T.V., Fox Entertainment, Starring : Josh Hopkins | Assistant Art Director
2008 HIGH NOON | T.V., Lifetime Movie Network, Starring : Emilie De Ravin, Ivan Sergei | Assistant Art Director
2008 NORTHERN LIGHTS | T.V., Lifetime Movie Network, Starring : LeAnn Riimes, Eddie Cibrian | Assistant Art Director
2006 EVEREST | T.V. Miniseries, CBC, Starring : Jason Priestly, William Shatner | Assistant Art Director
2006 CAROLINA MOON | T.V., Lifetime Movie Network, Starring Claire Forlani, Oliver Hudson | Assistant Art Director
2006 ANGELS FALL, T.V. | Lifetime Movie Network, Starring : Heather Locklear, Johnathon Schaech | Assistant Art Director
2006 RESURRECTING THE CHAMP | Feature Film, Phoenix, Starring : Josh Hartnett, Samuel L. Jackson | Graphic Designer
2005 THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD | Feature Film - Warner Brothers Studio
/ Plan B Entertainment | First Assistant Art Director / Second Art Director
Producers: Ridley Scott, Brad Pitt. Starring : Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner,
This production was nominated for 2 Oscars, with another 66 award nominations with 25 wins.
2004 INTO THE WEST, T.V. Miniseries, Dreamworks Television / TNT – Producer : Stephen Spielberg |
Assistant Art Director + Main Researcher
This production was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards and Won 2 Emmies.
It also received a Primetime Creative Emmy nomination for the Design (“Outstanding Art Direction”).
I received a Nomination with the Art Director’s Guild Award for “Contribution to Excellence in Production Design”
2004 LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE | T.V. Miniseries, ABC Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios | Assistant Art Director
2003 A PROBLEM WITH FEAR | Feature Film, Burns Film Ltd. | Assistant Art Director
2003 CHASING FREEDOM | T.V., Blueprint Entertainment, Starring : Juliette Lewis | Assistant Art Director
2003 HOLLYWOOD WIVES, THE NEXT GENERATION | T.V. Producer : Jackie Collins, Starring : Farrah Fawcett |
2003 WORD OF HONOR | T.V., Warner Home Video, Starring : Don Johnson | Assistant Art Director
2002 BURN: A ROBERT WRAIGHT STORY | T.V., CTV | Assistant Art Director
2001 WASTED | MTV Networks, Starring: Nick Stahl | Assistant Art Director
2000 FOR ALL TIME | CBS/Rosemont Productions International Limited | Assistant Art Director / Art Director
Starring : Mark Harmon, Mary McDonnell
1999-2000 CAITLIN’S WAY | TELEVISION SERIES, Nickelodeon / Lynch Entertainment | Assistant Art Director / Art Director
ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER | TELEVISION COMMERCIALS
1999 Shaw Cable
1998 Local Heros
1998 ALS Society
ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER | TELEVISION SPECIALS (Description: Art Director and Set Designer)
1998 CMT Screening Room, Television Weekly Special, CMT Canada
1998 Video Cafe, Television Special, CMT Canada
ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER | STAGE DESIGN
2001 Ad Rodeo, Calgary Advertising Awards Show, Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
ART DIRECTOR / STYLIST
2002 – Chatelaine Magazine, Home Focus
ART DIRECTOR | TELEVISION WORKSHOP
2002 Aboriginal Screenwriters Workshop, Banff Center For The Arts | A program initiated by Jordan Wheeler of North of 60. Aboriginal applicants are selected from across N. American to participate in a Screenwriting intensive for episodic television. In smaller time portions, applicants participate over a period of 3 years to create their own Bible and then see it realized by watching a film crew film one of their scenes. Footage is edited, and shown in a screening. Sets are created, actors are hired, a director is hired, sound crew etc. I came on as the Designer/Art Director for Sets and Props. Aboriginal Film Interns worked alongside seasoned film professionals. Applicants included an Advertising Copy Writer from Vancouver, a Special Effects Makeup Film Professional from L.A., for example.
ART DIRECTOR | DESIGNER, MUSIC VIDEO
1997 Jan Arden Label : Big Hip Records | Lin Elder | Sorry For Your Heart
1997 Jan Arden Label : Big Hip Records | Maei Moore | Free to Love Me
1996 Karl Roth | Everybody Wants to Be a Cat | Cracker Films | Award : Best Art Direction Music Video, IRIS 1998
GRAPHIC DESIGN : 1994 - 2020
Graphic Designer/Assistant Art Director : Film and Television Productions | by Producers (selected) : Disney, MGM Studios, MTV, Cohen Brothers, Lifetime Television, Discovery Channel.
Graphic Designer/Art Director : Corporate and Advertising Design.
Clients (selected): Telus Communications, Canadian Airlines, Gulf Canada Resources Limited, CN Railway,
Health Canada, TransCanada Pipelines, Royal Trust, Corus Entertainment.
Mediums (including but not limited to): Branding, Web Design, Corporate Annual Reports, Corporate Identity and Design, Film Title Design (and Credits Design), Packaging Design, Advertising: Indoor and Outdoor, Advertising Print Ads, Advertising Campaigns, Magazine Design/Art Direction, Motion Graphics.
Agencies : Parallel Strategies 1994 – 1996
Brown Communications | 2000 - 2001
Contract Work : Agencies : Ogilvy & Mather (Calgary Office), Planet Creative, Venture Communications,
Result Communications | 1996-2000
Freelance Work : J. Bagley Design Associates | 1996-2000, 2001-2020
TEACHING | POST-SECONDARY
ACAD | Alberta College of Art & Design | Faculty, School of Communication Design | 2010-2018
AUArts | Alberta University of the Arts | Faculty, School of Communication Design | 2019-2020
TEACHING | POST SECONDARY CONTINUING EDUCATION
ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN
Summer 2015 – 2018 | Adult Clay Figurative Sculpture
Summer 2015 - 2015 | Teen Conceptual Sculpture
Summer 2017 – 2019 | Teen Drawing Techniques of the Masters
RED DEER COLLEGE SUMMER SERIES
Summer 2013 – 2017 | Adult Clay Figurative Sculpture
TEACHING | CBE CURRICULUM | HIGH SCHOOL + MIDDLE SCHOOL
2007- 2008 | Masters Academy and College | Calgary AB | Private High School + Middle School
Ranked in the Top 10 in Canada | Grades 10-12 (Art 10, 20, 30) + Grades 6-9 (Graphic Design, Set Design, Art)
Developed and Taught Curriculum | Organized an Arts Trip to New York for High School Students
I helped orchestrate a school wide project-based academic learning exhibition, which included bringing in Film Industry Personnel to work with the students. The resulting exhibition culminated in Channel 2&7 Media coverage, and a Press Conference at the School by the Former Ministry of Education.
2020 | Upcoming TBD, New York, NY : Buy What You Love (Fundraiser)
2018 | NYSS, New York, NY : X Marks the Spot : Women of the New York Studio School (Juried)
2018 | Gallerie Richard, New York, NY : Buy What You Love (Fundraiser)
2017 | Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, AB : “True North : Celebrating Canada 150”
2017 | Leighton Centre, Calgary, AB : Spontaneous Combustion : Burns Visual Arts Society Exhibition
2016 | ArtsPlace, Canmore, AB (Juried) :Eye On Canmore
2016 | The Edge Gallery, Calgary, AB (Juried): I Love Inglewood
2015 | Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB : Faculty Show
2014 | Bosi Contemporary Art, New York, NY : Buy What You Love (Fundraiser)
2014 | Whyte Museum, Banff, AB : “Portraiture” (Juried)
(Including work by: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Evan Penny, Chris Cran, Chris Flodberg)
2014 | Passage Gallery, Calgary, AB (Juried) : Still Burning : 35thAnniversary Exhibition, Burns Visual Arts Society
2014 | Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary, AB : Surface Works
2013 | Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY : Buy What You Love (Fundraiser)
2013 | Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary, AB : Surface Works
2012 | HOLE, New York, NY : Buy What You Love (Fundraiser)
2011 | AXIS Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, AB | Duo (Juried) : Temporary Showroom
2011 | Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary AB | Mini-documentary series and figurative sculptures | Solo (Juried)
2010 | Jack Sahinman Gallery, New York, NY : Buy What You Love (Fundraiser)
2009 | Colors Battistella, Calgary, AB : Untitled Art Society : Collections
2008 | Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, AB (Juried) : International Figure Exhibition
2007 | Untitled Art Society, Calgary, AB (Juried) : Post Miniature Exhibition
2007 | UpperCase Gallery, Calgary, AB (Juried) : The Shatner Show
2007 | Arthouse, Calgary, AB : Recycle
2006 | Arthouse, Calgary, AB : The Velvet Love
2006 | Untitled Art Society, Calgary, AB | Duo (Juried) : Italia
2003 | Sugar Estate Gallery, Calgary, AB | Solo (Juried) : About Face : Metaphorical Portraits
1996 | Design Exchange, Toronto, ON 1996 (Juried) : Directions ’98, Annual Showcase of Advertising + Design in Canada
AWARDS | VISUAL ART
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) | Visual Arts Project Grant 2008
Wellcome Trust | London, UK (Graphic Design)
Ester Krasnow | Calgary, AB (Sculpture)
Hotel Arts | Calgary, AB (Photography)
PUBLICATIONS | MEDIA
UPPERCASE MAGAZINE | “Performance : Making it Come Alive : Design for Film and Television”, Issue #31, Oct 2016, P.75.
NATIONAL POST | Cover Story: “What is Canadian?; Simply Shatner.”
“How to explain the cultural phenomenon that is William Shatner? A Calgary Art Exhibit tries”.
(covering the Shatner Show : photograph features the Shatner Sculpture I created for the Show). Kevin Libin, Jun 30, 2007
THE SHATNER SHOW | Hard Cover Book | 76 Artists from Canada and the U.S., (Juried)
Curated by Janine VanGool editor of UpperCase magazine, and Owner UpperCase Gallery | Jun 2007
CALGARY HERALD | “Macho Image Poster could help reduce teen smoking”, Interview with Nancy Tousley
Jan 20, 1994 Cover Insert, and Pg A17.
GOMEDIA CANADA | A Group of International Journalists | BVAS Studio Tour and Interview | Oct 2018
ARTLAND | Television’s Tour of America’s Art. Mame McCutchin + Toby Amies. Featuring the Shatner Show in one episode. 2007
CBC NEWSWORLD | (Shatner Show Coverage + close-up of Shatner sculpture) Jun 16-18 2007
GLOBAL TELEVISION (CALGARY) | The News Channel : Interview with Gill Tucker. Jun 4 2007
BRAVO | Story on the Calgary Art Scene. Featuring the 2-person Show: Italia Mar 2006
CHANNEL 2&7, BREAKFAST EDITION (CALGARY) | (Featuring Advertising Poster for the Canadian
Cancer Society) Feb 1994
PUBLICATIONS | EXCERPT
“Up Till Now! The Autobiography | William Shatner” | "I’d even been honored as the subject of an entire art show – about seventy six artists created original pieces about me for an exhibition and book called The Shatner Show…. It is an astonishing collection, with pieces made from a variety of materials - including a bust made of LEGOs and **another one of clay, limestone, artificial ferns, and plumbing pieces. So I’ve seen myself in plastic and **plumbing."
**William Shatner makes reference to my sculpture of him for the Shatner Show, in his autobiography.
St. Martins Press Published 2008 Hardcover ISBN - 10:0312372655
IATSE212 (International Film Union)
Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) | 1990 – 1994 (B.Des. upgrade 2015)
Student Awards :
1994 ACAD Board of Governor’s Award, Nominee | ACAD
1994 Illingworth Kerr Travel/Study Scholarship | ACAD
1994 Verna Reid Humanities Award | ACAD
1994 Aids Provincial Program / Alberta Health, Advertising Poster Award $1,000
1992 Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship, Government of Alberta ($2,000) | ACAD
1991 Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship, Government of Alberta ($3,000) } ACAD
Additional Study :
1991-1994 Private Tutorage in Drawing | Anna Loseva | Professor of Drawing and Painting, Academy of Leningrad, Russia
1998 SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) | Architectural Drafting (1 course)
2001 ACAD | Macromedia Director (Motion Software)
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE | SERVICE
FILM | IATSE 212 (Film Union) | Portfolio Review Committee
ART | New York Studio School (NYSS) Alumni Association | Canadian Chapter | Lead
POST-SECONDARY | Alberta University of the Arts Faculty Association (AUAFA) | Communications Officer