Art Direction

Contender – Production Designer Andrew Menzies, Fury

Production designer Andrew Menzies finished working on Fury a year to the day before speaking to BTL. With art department credits on Munich, Syriana, The Chronicles of Riddick, Vanilla Sky, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Avatar (as art director) and other titles covering almost any real-world or fantastical designs that filmmaking could call for, Menzies could hardly be more qualified to tackle a reproduction of the campaign that finished World War II in Europe. […]


Contender – Costume Designer Louise Frogley, Unbroken

Costume designer Louise Frogley had already read and loved the book Unbroken that Angelina Jolie’s film is based on when she was called in to meet the director to discuss working on the film. Known for her work on Iron Man 3 (2013), Flight (2012), Traffic (2000) and Quantum of Solace (2008), Frogley had also always wanted to work in Australia, where the film about Olympian and POW survivor Louis Zamperini was shot. […]


Contender – Cinematographer Roman Vasyanov, Fury

“It’s a war movie, but I saw it as a human story, very soulful and personal, and I wanted to bring the performances to the foreground and keep the flashy action in the background,” said Roman Vasyanov, the director of photography on Fury. “I wanted to make a very naturalistic, minimalist movie. The result I think is a good mix of a European-style movie with classic Hollywood storytelling.”


Contender – Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon, The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum‘s The Imitation Game tells the real life story of English mathematician and logician Alan Turing and his team of code breakers who help crack the Enigma code during the bleakest days of World War II. On hand to help transform the actors (Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode) into the characters they were portraying was costume designer Sammy Sheldon, who is known for her work on V for Vendetta (2005), Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men: First Class (2011). […]


Contender – Sound Editor Martin Hernandez, Birdman

“The core of the philosophy of Birdman is that it’s a moving target,” said supervising sound editor and sound designer, Martín Hernández. In a spectacularly choreographed feat, the film literally follows a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton), famous for playing the titular superhero character, as he attempts to prove his acting chops by mounting a dramatic Broadway play. […]

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Contender – Costume Designer Owen Thornton, Fury

“A project from the heart” is what costume designer Owen Thornton called the making of David Ayer‘s Fury. Thornton first met Ayer several years ago at a dinner party where they discovered a similar sensibility between them. “We talked in the same language. We really just hit it off. And we always kept in touch,” said Thornton. When Ayer was making Sabotage (2014), he brought in Thornton to help create the military looks. So it became the most obvious choice to bring Thornton on as costume designer on Fury, especially since the two had been talking about how great it would be to make a World War II film for five years. […]