ADG Perspective

January-February 2018

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P E R S P E C T I V E | J A N UA RY / F E B R UA RY 2 0 1 8 19 contributors BRADLEY RUBIN was born in Puerto Rico and grew up criss-crossing the United States. Along the way, he developed an interest in experiential design, which led him to pursue a bachelor's degree in architecture from Syracuse University. Upon graduation, he worked at a design firm in Boston for three years before relocating to Los Angeles. Brad jump-started his career in the film industry by working free of charge on student projects, and as an Art Department assistant where he learned how to apply his design background to visual storytelling. Since then, Brad has enjoyed collaborating on over 20 films, including The Muppets, Hail, Caesar!, Ghostbusters (2016) and most recently, A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper. On the weekends, you can find Brad playing hockey, traveling or chasing after his daughter Quinn with his wife Erin. DEBORAH RILEY always wanted to be an artist. When she was little, she would have said she wanted to be an animator. When she left for university, she wanted to be an architect. When that meant too many straight lines, she studied to be a stage designer for theatre and that later morphed into being on the drawing board in the Art Department and eventually, to Production Design. Growing up in Australia and working there for the first part of her career, she was later mentored by Brigitte Broch, who opened up the world for her and she's been a gypsy ever since. Deborah moved to LA in 2008, but the move did not properly pay off until 2013 when she was hired as the new Production Designer on Game of Thrones. KAREN L. MANESS is principal instructor of Scenic Art and figurative painting at the University of Texas, Department of Theatre & Dance, and Scenic Art Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts. Her research has focused on the preservation of Hollywood motion picture Scenic Art knowledge and history. In collaboration with the Art Directors Guild Archives and colleague Richard Isackes, she co-authored The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop in 2016. Karen is founder of Rust Red Studio in Austin, Texas, where she works and teaches privately. She received her degree in theatrical design and studio art from Whittier College in Los Angeles, studied advanced translucent backdrop painting at Cobalt Studios in NY, and continued her figurative and landscape painting education at the Florence Academy of Art. She is currently serving her second term on the United States Institute of Theatre Technology Board of Directors. Born in Sydney, Australia, ANDREW MURDOCK studied architecture at the University of Sydney and the University of NSW, graduating with first-class honors. During this time, he was inspired by the avant-garde, experimental work of Lebbeus Woods, Archigram and Coop Himmemblau. This lead to JUXCYCLE 1.2.1, a small business making functional art. Murdock moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to pursue a future in film. Alien Resurrection offered the first film experience, making concept models with Bill Boes for Production Designer Nigel Phelps. The next 15 years were spent model making, Set Designing and Art Directing for a variety of designers, including Mark Worthington. Most recently, Andrew has designed American Horror Story: Roanoke, and the additional photography for Star Trek: Beyond with director Justin Lin, which led to designing S.W.A.T. Andrew lives in Santa Monica with his wife Stephanie and 8-year-old-son Oliver. THOMAS WALSH's diverse career spans feature films, IMAX, episodic series, documentaries, commercials, Broadway and regional theatre. The Production Designer of the popular Netflix series Longmire, he originated the EPIX series Graves and the Disney/ABC series Desperate Housewives. Nominated many times, Thomas is the winner of the Emmy Award for the CBS-TV series Buddy Faro. Feature film credits include The Handmaid's Tale, A Gathering of Old Men and The Majestic. Thomas continues to work on Broadway, recently designing the new American play Annapurna. He designed the Tony Award-winning production of Children of a Lesser God and the original critically acclaimed productions of Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit. Thomas served as President of the Art Directors Guild for ten years. He is the founding co-chair of the ADG's Archives, Production Designer Apprenticeship and Portfolio Review Programs, and its highly regarded Film Society. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists (USA), New York. Other professional affiliations include the Designers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS).

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