Profile:Jeannine Oppewall/ Production Designer/ Oscar Nom 4

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Jeannine Oppewall was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.  She received an M.A. in literature from Bryn Mawr College before moving to Los Angeles and finding work in the Office of Charles and Ray Eames.  At the time, Charles Eames was one of the world’s most famous living designers, known principally for his line of furniture for Herman Miller.  But his Office also made over 100 short personal, educational, and industrial films, many very inventive for their time.   It also produced large traveling exhibitions for different clients.  So Jeannine learned design at the feet of the master, so to speak. After leaving the Eames Office, where she worked for about 8 years, she made radio documentaries for KPFK Radio, did some free lance writing, and eventually found a place in the art department of the film business, working for production designer Paul Sylbert. The first film that Jeannine designed was Tender Mercies.  More recently, she received Academy Award nominations for L.A. Confidential, Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, and The Good Shepherd.  Other films for which she is known are Catch  Me if You Can, The Bridges of Madison County and The Music Box. Ms. Oppewall served for 9 years on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, where she co-chaired the Museum Committee. You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com Link: www.123FilmEasy.com. Follow us on Twitter @123Film

 

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