Guest: Tom Duffield Production Designer/ Broken City

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A native of Grosse Pointe Michigan, Duffield traveled to San Luis Obispo, CA. to attend California State Polytechnic University’s School of Architecture. After graduating and working in Architecture, he soon discovered that film design and art direction.  Making his way up through the Art Department ranks on classic films like Bladerunner, he teamed up with Production Designer Bo Welch 1986. As Art Director, Duffield collaborated with Welch on 15 films, 3 of which, A Little Princess,Men in Black and The Birdcage were nominated for Academy Awards in Art Direction. Other films Art Directed by Tom during that period included, The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, Accidental Tourist, Ghostbusters 2, Edward Scissorhands, Grand Canyon, Batman Returns, Wolf, Primary Colors and Wild, Wild West. His first film as Production Designer was Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed biopic Ed Wood .  Duffield quickly developing a touch for the fine art of Black & White filmmaking. Since then he designed Gore Verbinski’s thriller hit The Ring,reunited with Verbinski for “The Weather Man,” using the City of Chicago in winter as a character in the film. Re-teaming with with Peter Berg for ‘The Kingdom,’ recreating downtown  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in Mesa Arizona.  At the end of 2012 Tom then designed the feature film ‘Broken City’ directed by Allen Hughes and starring Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It is scheduled  to be released in Jan. 2013. Presently Duffield has once again joined up with Director Berg and is working on the film ‘Lone Survivor.’ . He has also been a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures for nearly 20 years and is a member of the Designer’s Branch Executive Committee.You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com Link: www.123FilmEasy.com. Follow us on Twitter @123Film

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