ADG Perspective

May-June 2016

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36 P E R S P E C T I V E | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 6 W hen Gene Allen died last October, of natural causes at 97, the Guild lost the man who was arguably the most influential Production Designer in the history of our industry. In a long series of important positions, he left his mark on the craft: Oscar ® -winning Production Designer, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ® (to date the only below- the-line craftsman to hold that office), Vice President of the IATSE and head of its West Coast Office (called "the most influential business agent, from any Hollywood IA local, during the twentieth century") and Executive Director of the Art Directors Guild for an astounding twenty-seven years. A member of the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild as well, he was also a driving force behind the Los Angeles City Film Development Committee, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the California State Theatrical Federation, the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan, the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital, the Permanent Charities Committee, the Entertainment Industry Blood Bank and the Hollywood Film Council, most often participating as an officer (usually the chairman) of these organizations. Working with the California state government, he was a key participant in the transition of the Twentieth Century- Fox ranch near Calabasas into its current Malibu Creek State Park status. REMEMBERING GENE ALLEN Photograph by Richard Harbaugh © A.M.P. A.S.

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