ADG Perspective

November-December 2015

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8 P E R S P E C T I V E | N OV E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 contributors KRISTAN ANDREWS is a California native, and grew up in the cultural metropolis of Fresno until she moved to the Monterey Peninsula. She studied set design and directing at UCLA and is a graduate of its School of Theater, Film and Television. Ms. Andrews paid some early dues by hanging out with a few Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys, a couple of Dragons and a few Hollywood Squares. She then landed upon series like Miracles and Six Feet Under. Following a brief radical-sabbatical as a raw vegan chef and teacher, she returned to Production Design on the series Incredible Crew, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Benched, a few pilots, and the feature film Ask Me Anything. She lives in Los Angeles with her perky blonde 6-year-old daughter who likes to visit Mommy's work, especially the craft services table. NELSON COATES is the fourth of five children whose university professor parents encouraged him to take piano, sing, dance and act. Building with Lego was the perfect starting point for his design skills, and he still has three bright tackle boxes filled with plastic bricks. His parents fostered an early analytical design sense by taking him window-shopping, asking "Which do you like, and why?" A pre-med major, he began designing for Equity theaters during college, somehow finding time to do thirty collegiate and professional shows, including Shakespeare in the Park where he first met his longtime friend, Morgan Freeman. Though he has been an actor/singer most of his life, Nelson developed a passion for narrative design, creating spaces that transport viewers to other places. Secret in Their Eyes marks his first interview where he was told not to take the job. TOM CONROY studied Production Design at the National Film & Television School in the UK. He works in both film and television. Amongst the many projects he has designed are Neil Jordan's darkly comic but moving Breakfast on Pluto and Damien O'Donnell's East Is East. Other films include Intermission, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and West Is West. In television, Mr. Conroy is probably best known for his work on the four series of Showtime/Working Title's period drama The Tudors. He has been nominated three times for an Emmy ® for Outstanding Art Direction, winning in 2010 for The Tudors. He also picked up three Gemini Awards from Canada was nominated twice for the Art Directors Guild Award, and was nominated eight straight years by the Irish Film & Television Academy, winning twice. GUY HENDRIX DYAS is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He worked in Tokyo as an industrial designer for Sony before moving to California to join ILM as a visual effects Art Director. Dyas gained experience in the Art Department working on a wide range of films as a conceptual illustrator and Art Director before moving into Production Design in 2002 on his first feature film, X-Men 2 for Bryan Singer, followed by The Brothers Grimm for director Terry Gilliam. He has also designed Superman Returns and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He currently splits his time between Europe and the US and some of his work is displayed at the Design Museum in London and the Wakita Museum of Art in Tokyo. In 2007, he was named by The Sunday London Times as one of the top ten British artists working behind the camera in Hollywood. RENÉ LAGLER was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Along with five Emmy Awards and sixteen nominations, Mr. Lagler has designed the 57th Academy Awards; the Grammy Awards from 1983 to 1987; the Emmy Awards; and sixteen years of the County Music Awards from 1991 to 2006. He designed specials and television series for Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, George Burns, Billy Crystal, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Barry Manilow, Tony Orlando and Neil Diamond, and he was Production Designer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and for seven events for David Wolper's Liberty Weekend in 1986, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. He Lives in Lake Arrowhead, CA, with his wife, singer/songwriter and author Gloria Loring.

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