In Focus: Production Design Master Classes

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In Focus: Production Design Master Classes

Production designers create the architecture of cinema—representations of space that reflect and interpret social structures and the lives of the people who inhabit them. In a program supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, top award-winning artisans share insight into their all-important craft of film design and the power of world building in cinema.

Headshot: Hannah Beachler
Film: Black PantherFilm: Moonlight


Saturday, Oct 19 @ 4:00pm
Hannah Beachler made history this year as the first African American to win the production design Oscar® for Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler. Her previous credits include the Oscar®-winning Moonlight, as well as Coogler’s films Creed and Fruitvale Station and Beyoncé’s visual concept album Lemonade. Beachler comes to the Festival to teach a master class on the impact of design in film and in the world. See her in conversation with University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies professor Jacqueline Najuma Stewart. With support from the Chicago Film Office.

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Film: Grand Budapest HotelFilm: Isle of Dogs


Sunday, Oct 20 @ 12:00pm

Oscar®-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen’s long-standing collaboration with filmmaker Wes Anderson has yielded some of the most mesmerizing design in recent memory, including The Grand Budapest Hotel, for which he won the Academy Award®. He’s made two films with Steven Spielberg—Cold War-thriller Bridge of Spies and futuristic adventure Ready Player One—and is working on West Side Story. Additional credits include Steve McQueen’s best-picture winner 12 Years a Slave and the Chicago-set thriller Widows. In this master class, Stockhausen reflects on his process and singular body of work.

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Film: Cinderella ManFilm: Hidden Figures


Saturday, Oct 26 @ 11:00am

Trailblazing talent Wynn Thomas quickly made a name for himself with Spike Lee’s acclaimed debut She’s Gotta Have It. He has since collaborated with Lee on Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Inside Man, and the upcoming Da 5 Bloods. among other films. In addition to the Oscar®-nominated drama Hidden Figures, Wag the Dog, Analyze This, and Analyze That, Thomas designed for director Ron Howard both the AcademyAward® -winning A Beautiful Mind and the acclaimed Cinderella Man. The Festival will host a special screening of Cinderella Man, preceded by a presentation by the production designer about his artistic process.

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Film: Pan's LabyrinthFilm: Roma


Sunday, Oct 27 @ 2:00pm

Mexican-born Eugenio Caballero has collaborated with some of the world’s most gifted filmmakers: Jim Jarmusch, Baz Luhrmann, J.A. Bayona, Sebastian Cordero, Guillermo del Toro, and Alfonso Cuarón, among them. He won the production design Oscar® for his visionary contributions to del Toro’s haunting Spanish-language fable Pan’s Labyrinth and was nominated again for Cuaron’s masterful black-and-white memoir Roma. In this rare master class, Caballero shares insight into his craft gathered during a lifetime of globe-spanning, groundbreaking work.

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