Camille Abbott was only the third woman to join then IATSE Local 790 (Illustrators and Matte Artists) back in 1960 when there were only 55 members. She served as Secretary Treasurer for 42 years.

Since then she has gone on to a successful career in film and theater as an art director, illustrator and designer. She has actually been a motion picture illustrator since 1959. She has drawn storyboards and set sketches for many movies and television shows. These include motion pictures such as Out for Justice, Career Opportunities, Spaceballs, Flashdance, Unfaithfully Yours, Yes, Giorgio, Annie, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and The Sound of Music. Her television credits include ...more


Jim Bissell is currently working in London on the next Mission: Impossible which, when completed, will be his 32nd film as Production Designer. Over his 35 year career he has collaborated with directors such as John Schlesinger (The Falcon and the Snowman), Ridley Scott (Someone to Watch Over Me), Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer and Jumanji) and Brad Bird (Mission:Impossible-Ghost Protochol). Early in his career, Bissell won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Director for a Television Series for his work on Palmerstown, U.S.A. which was produced by Norman Lear and Alex Haley. It was the sets for that series that led to his meeting Steven Spielberg and eventually designing the enduring classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. He later reunited with director Spielberg ...more

(1909 - 2010)

Production Designer Robert F. Boyle was born in Los Angeles in 1909, and raised partly in Los Angeles and partly in the town of Hanford in the San Joaquin Valley, on his family’s small ranch. He attended the University of Southern California, where he studied architecture and graduated in 1933.

Like many young architects completing their training at the height of the Depression, Boyle discovered that job opportunities were limited in the architectural field. While acting as a bit player he was referred to the Paramount Art Department, and he started there soon after as a draftsman. ...more


John P. Bruce came into the industry back in 1967 when he started at MGM Studios as an Apprentice Set Designer, joining Local 847 at that time and remained active until the late ‘70s when he became an Art Director. He was elected vice president of Local 847 three times and always held a position on the board. At that time one was not able to hold dual membership and so he joined Local 800. When the rules changed in the early 90’s he reactivated his Set Designer status and has held a board position ever since, though he is now semi-retired.

He was employed continuously all these years, a rarity in this freelance field. Among his many ...more


Henry Bumstead designed feature films for more than six decades, beginning in the forties and continuing through 2006 with the films, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. For Flags, he received his third ADG Excellence in Production Design nomination.

In his early career, Bummy worked at Paramount under the tutelege of Hall of Fame member Hans Dreier. His early films for the studio were varied and uniformly well-designed. ...more


Rick Carter grew up in Los Angeles where he was surrounded by the movie industry; his father was a publicist for Jack Lemmon. Carter attended UC Berkeley in the late 1960s, worked in New York City and became a world traveler for two years before settling in Los Angeles. ...more


Born in 1942, Stuart Craig grew up in Norfolk, England. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London from 1963 to 1966. After graduating, his first art department junior job was on Casino Royale in 1967. His career developed from Draughtsman to Art Director, spanning the next twelve years. Craig worked for Terry Marsh, John Box and John Barry, who gave him his first Production Design break in 1979. Stuart feels extremely lucky to have had The Elephant Man (1980) and Gandhi (1982) as his second and third design jobs. ...more


William Creber’s three Academy Award nominations are for The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965, with Richard Day), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974). His other film credits include Planet of the Apes (1968), The Detective (1968), Justine (1969), Islands In The Stream (1977), Flight of the Navigator (1986), Street Fighter (1994), Spy Hard (1996), and Without Limits (1998). ...more


Scenic Artist Will Ferrell worked for many years with his twin brother Warren, in a wide variety of projects, from opera to Disneyland rides and everything in between.

He joined IATSE Local 816 in the mid 50s when he dropped out of school and went to work at CBS followed by a stint at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. He held a steady job at NBC. While there Warren asked him if he could help him get into the business. He could and Warren went to work at Fox Studios.

Will spent summers in San Diego working at the Starlight Opera in Balboa Park, then returning to NBC for the fall season. The two brothers ...more


John B. Mansbridge's filmography includes 102 theatrical films and 18 television productions during a prolific career that spanned four decades from the 1940s through the 1980s. Early in his career, Mansbridge worked as an uncredited draftsman on CITIZEN KANE, and spent the next several decades at the RKO art department, where he worked under the supervision of legendary Production Designer Van Nest Polglase ...more


Terence Marsh was born in London, England on November 14, 1931. He first became aware of the magic of movies during World War II, when the only occasional relief from the almost daily bombing raids in the early 1940s was the Cinema. The Technicolor world of Betty Grable, Tyrone Power and all the other glamorous stars made the audience forget the grey world of austerity and anxiety that was part of every day life. ...more


Production designer, art director and illustrator Harold Michelson, one of the icons of the craft and a two-time Academy-Award® nominee, was born in New York in 1920. His first job after graduating high school was with the Bureau of Printing in Washington, D.C. During World War II, as a bombardier-navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he flew more than forty missions over Germany and, following the war, became a magazine illustrator while studying at New York’s Arts Students League. He then worked in Chicago and Los Angeles illustrating movie posters. ...more


For many reasons Patricia Norris is a superior choice for the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement recognition. By celebrating Patricia’s life and career the Guild reaffirms the hopes of every young designer regardless of their background or gender, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and overcome the status quo in the pursuit of their creative aspirations. For these reasons the Guild has elected to recognize Patricia Norris with its highest honor, that of Lifetime Achievement. ...more

(1915 - 2003)

Jan Scott was one of America’s most renowned, honored, and respected television Production Designers. The winner of eleven Emmy Awards®, more than any woman in the history of television and more than any other Production Designer, she was nominated twenty-nine times in a career that spanned six decades. ...more


Paul Sylbert was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of a pair of twins, both of whom wanted to become creators of comic strips for daily newspapers. Paul became the cartoonist for the high school newspaper, The Erasmian.

After serving in the military, he studied art at the Stella Elkin’s Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University in Philadelphia, and the Hans Hofmann School of Art in New York City. His first contact with theater came when he was hired as an apprentice scenic artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. ...more


Dean Tavoularis is an alumnus of the last generation of professional designers who learned their craft through an extended apprenticeship in what was to them the classical Hollywood studio art department. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts and raised in Los Angeles, Dean studied Art and Architecture at both Otis and Chouinard. He was hired directly out of art school by Walt Disney Studios to work as an in-betweener in the Animation Department. ...more


Tony Walton began his professional career in 1957, and there are few designers with as diverse and prolific a career as his. Whether it is his imaginative concept and costume designs for Mary Poppins, or his valentine to the world of the thirties movie musical in The Boy Friend, or his stylistic and Emmy® winning interpretation of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, all of these productions and so many more have been graced with his love for what we all do as designers.


Herman Zimmerman began his career in 1965 on the NBC Burbank lot working for John Shrum as an Assistant Art Director on a new show called Days of Our Lives. He went on to work on more than 35 television series and theatrical films throughout his 40 years in the industry.
He originally aspired to be an actor, having studied acting and directing at Northwestern University. He changed his major to Theatre Production and ultimately became an Associate Professor of Drama at Northwestern where he was a Technical Director and Scene Designer for the campus theatre and the Evanston Children’s Theatre.

Best known for his work on the Star Trek franchise, joining the Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek franchise as Production Designer and Original Set Designer in 1987 ...more

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