ADG Perspective

July-August 2021

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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 | P E R S P E C T I V E 7 C O N T R I B U T O R S V L A D B I N A has participated in supervisory and design roles within Art and VFX Departments in the production of 25 studio feature films, such as Man of Steel, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Matrix trilogy, and Tomorrowland. His Art Direction work uses an extensive 3D computer graphics experience built on an architectural, design and art history background. Recently, as a Supervising Art Director and Virtual Art Department Supervisor on The Lion King, The Call of the Wild and The Mandalorian, season two, Vlad started including VR and game engines in the production workflow. Vlad employs game engines as robust tools for presentation and design exploration. They help control design integrity from preproduction to the final pixel on the screen. Additionally, in more advanced virtual productions, they are an essential part of principal photography. This cross-disciplinary creative approach to feature film also works well for any projects that require a flexible 3D space design and analysis and an eloquent pitch for approval and financing. N E L S O N C O AT E S is currently prepping Hocus Pocus 2 for director Anne Fletcher, and recently completed designing season two of The Morning Show on Apple TV+ for director Mimi Leder. In addition to designing In the Heights for director Jon M. Chu, Coates has also designed Chu's Home Before Dark for Apple TV+, and Crazy Rich Asians for Warner Bros., for which he was awarded the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award. Coates' philanthropic work includes fundraising, consulting and event organizing for numerous organizations, including the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Art Museum, Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY), and Motion Picture and Television Fund, in addition to creating scholarships for various organizations, including for his alma mater Abilene Christian University. A member of the Designer Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and member of the Television Academy, Coates speaks nationally and internationally, serves on the Board of Trustees of Laguna College of Art + Design, and was recently reelected as President of the 3,000-member Art Directors Guild. F I O N A C R O M B I E is an Australian Production Designer based in London. Originally trained as a theatre set and costume designer, Fiona decided to switch her path after 10 years of working in the Australian theatre industry. Commercials, short films and video clips became her film school. In 2010, Fiona was the Production Designer and co- costume designer on her first feature, The Snowtown Murders. Crombie's following projects include Jane Campion's Top of the Lake—season one, Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, Garth Davis' Mary Magdalene and David Michod's The King. In 2019 Fiona was nominated for an Oscar and won the BAFTA and ADG awards for Best Production Design for Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite. Fiona's most recent project is Cruella, directed by Craig Gillespie. K A S R A F A R A H A N I born in Iran and raised in Los Angeles, California, is a life-long lover of images and story. Always a visual artist and a builder of things, Kasra studied industrial design and worked in various fields of the craft before landing in the film world. After working for a decade as a Concept Illustrator and Art Director in the Art Departments of master filmmakers such as JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, James Mangold, Tim Burton, James Cameron and David Fincher, Kasra began working as a Production Designer—a dream job that combines his love of narrative with his passion for image creation.

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