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Below you will find some of my past Art Direction and VFX Miniatures.
STIGMATA - Art Director (MGM)
Every frame of this film had such a strong, rich style. Designer Waldemar Kalinowski referenced everything from Algerian comic book artists to Italian Renaissance paintings. We created Pittsburgh on the Universal backlot, built several interiors at CBS Radford and opened up the film in Mexico. This movie was heavy with SFX, stunts and specialty rigs - plenty of components to keep us on our toes. It was an amazing project!
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Nia Long
Director: Rupert Wainwright Producer: Frank Mancuso Jr.
Production Designer: Waldemar Kalinowski
Los Angeles / Patzcuaro, Mexico TRAILER
WHITE OLEANDER- Art Director (Warner Bros.)
It was a real pleasure to work with Designer Donald Graham Burt (Oscar Winner - Benjamin Button) - his approach was tasteful and intuitive, especially when it came to colors. In addition to the usual construction and decor, we also produced some modern art pieces for both Michelle Pfeiffer and Alison Lohman's characters .
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger, Alison Lohman
Director: Peter Kosminsky Producer: John Wells
Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt
Los Angeles TRAILER
TERMINATOR 2 - VFX Model Maker (4-Ward)
Working on T2 was a certainly a test for our Miniatures Dept. VFX Supervisors Bob and Denny Skotak were perfectionists when it came to replicating scaled realism. The king palms and evergreens that I constructed for the nuclear blast were a mix of latex, mylar and graphite rods. We also rebuilt that L.A. skyline numerous times. In the end, everyone was thrilled when Bob won the Oscar!
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton
*VFX Supervisor Bob Skotak - Academy Award Winner
Director: Jim Cameron VIEW SEQUENCE
SAFE - Art Director (Sony Picture Classics)
This unexpected Art-House hit was an Official Selection of Sundance and Cannes. We shot during the Northridge earthquake, which was quite the challenge as some of the freeways had collapsed. I'll always remember attending the screening with Designer David Bomba and both of us being pleasantly surprised by the unsettling tone of Todd's film.
Cast: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley
Director: Todd Haynes Producer: Christine Vachon
Production Designer: David Bomba TRAILER
THE ARRIVAL - Art Director (LIVE Ent.)
This was the first time that I worked out of the country. Production Designer Michael Novotny gave me this wonderful opportunity and I will always be grateful to him for bringing me on. We had an immensely talented crew in Mexico City and a massive workload that included building an extra-terrestrial underground lair, sections of a tracking station, a three-floor bathroom set with a collapsible floor plus a colorful Dia de los Muertos celebration. It was a once in a lifetime experience and also lots of fun to hang out with Charlie Sheen.
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Ron Silver
Director: David Twohy Producer: Cyrus Yavneh
Production Designer: Michael Novotny
Mexico City, Mexico
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