ADG Perspective

November-December 2023

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N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 3 | P E R S P E C T I V E 1 9 C O N T R I B U T O R S K E V I N T H O M P S O N most recently designed the Netflix film Maestro, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper. Other recent projects include A24/Apple film Sharper, starring Julianne Moore and John Lithgow, directed by Benjamin Caron; HBO's Scenes from a Marriage, starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, directed by Hagai Levi; and Netflix's Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams and directed by Joe Wright. Other credits include the Judd Apatow-directed The King of Staten Island, with Pete Davidson; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, nominated for nine Academy Awards and winning four, including Best Picture. For his work on the film, Thompson won the Excellence in Production Design Award from the Art Directors Guild. Thompson designed James Gray's outer space odyssey, Ad Astra, nominated for an ADG Award. Prior to that, he worked on designing Internationally acclaimed South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's Okja. Thompson designed the pilot for the HBO series Succession, directed by Adam McKay. He also acted as the designer on the Emily Blunt movie Girl on the Train, as well as Jodie Foster's Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Other credits include Trainwreck, The Affair, The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, Young Adult, Michael Clayton (ADG Award nominated), Duplicity and The Bourne Legacy. Prior to his work in feature films, Thompson began his career as an architect and went on to design sets for short films, commercials, theater and music videos. His short film credits include Spike Jonze's Dog Boy, Tom Kalin's Urban Legends and Tamara Jenkins' Family Remains. PAT R I C E V E R M E T T E won the 2022 Oscar for Best Production Design for Dune and was previously nominated for Arrival (2017) and The Young Victoria (2010). Vermette's film work has been recognized with 23 wins and 40 nominations at multiple award ceremonies. His notable feature credits include Vice, Sicario and Prisoners. Over the past 30 years, Vermette has been the Art Director of more than 650 television commercials in Canada and abroad, as well as 18 feature films and over 40 music videos. He has filmed in Paris, London, Budapest, Norway, Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Fiji, Mexico and the U.S. C I N D Y C H A O & M I C H E L E Y U are a two-time Emmy- nominated, LA-based Production Design team whose work focuses on exploring the different facets of identity, history, family and fantasy. Most recently, the duo worked on the Disney+ series American Born Chinese, which premiered earlier this year. They were nominated for the Emmy and the Art Directors Guild Award in 2022 and 2023 for Outstanding Production Design for their work on HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show. They received a second Art Directors Guild Award nomination for their work on Waffles + Mochi season 1 on Netflix, produced by the Obamas' production company, Higher Ground. Cindy and Michele met during their college years at UCSD. They began their professional partnership on a variety of indie feature projects that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and Toronto International Film Festival, among others. Both pride themselves on their hands-on and character- driven approach to Production Design. Together, they combine their individual experiences and efforts to build the overall look of their sets collaboratively. Their unique dynamic allows them to work effectively in the fast-paced production industry, helping them to adapt when things change quickly.

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