The Art Directors Guild will bestow this year’s honorary outstanding contribution to cinematic imagery award to the principal creative team behind Warner Bros.’ immensely popular Harry Potter films, including producers David Heyman and David Barron; director David Yates; creator and author J.K. Rowling; screenwriter Steve Kloves; production designer Stuart Craig; art director Neil Lamont, and set decorator Stephenie McMillan.
The award will be presented as one of the highlights of ADG’s 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 4, during a black-tie ceremony in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Lamont and Barron have worked together on six of the Potter films. Rowling, Heyman, Kloves, Craig and McMillan began their collaboration with the very first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), culminating with the most recent film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). Yates directed the final four films of the series.
The Harry Potter film series is the most successful film franchise in motion picture history, having accumulated box office receipts of more than $7.7 billion.
“Their phenomenal success is due to a unity of vision and the masterful wizardry of the franchise’s creator, producers, screenwriter and art direction family,” said Thomas Walsh, ADG president. “From the very beginning a unique creative partnership has guided the realization of these finely crafted gems. The result is a lasting legacy to the art of narrative storytelling for the moving image, one that will stand the test of time, and one that has raised the creative bar of achievement for all who love film.”
The ADG’s cinematic imagery award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. This is the first time that the guild has selected a motion picture series for this award.
Nominations for the ADG Awards will be announced on Jan. 4. On awards night, the ADG will present winners in nine competitive categories for theatrical films, television productions, commercials and music videos.