PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is one of the most critically acclaimed directors of the past decade. His  latest movie, Inception, is nominated for eight Oscars and won the Art Director’s Guild award in the Fantasy Film category last Saturday. I find it very inspiring to see the visual metamorphosis from his early work to his more recent films that dominate the box office.


Doodlebug (1997)

Set Designers: Alberto Mattiussi, Christopher Nolan

Following (1998)

Production Designer & Art Director: Tristan Martin

Memento (2000)

Production Designer: Patti Podesta | Set Decorator: Danielle Berman

Insomnia (2002)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley | Art Director: Michael Diner | Set Decorator: Peter Lando

Batman Begins (2005)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley| Art Directors: Peter Francis, Paul Kirby, Simon Lamont, Dominic Masters, Alan Tompkins, Su Whitaker, Eggert Ketilsson, David Lee, Shane Valentino | Set Decorator: Paki Smith, Simon Wakefield

The Prestige (2006)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley | Art Director: Kevin Kavanaugh | Set Decorator: Julie Ochipinti

The Dark Knight (2008)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley | Art Directors: Mark Bartholomew, James Hambridge, Craig Jackson, Kevin Kavanaugh, Simon Lamont, Steven Lawrence, Naaman Marshall | Set Decorator: Peter Lando

Inception (2010)

Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas | Art Directors: Luke Freeborn, Brad Ricker, Dean Wolcott | Set Decorator: Larry Dias, Douglas A. Mowat


Do you agree with Inception winning the Fantasy Film category at the ADG Awards this week? What is your favourite Nolan movie?

Alison Hickey

Posted by Alison Harmsworth

Alison Harmsworth is a set designer based in Toronto. Her credits include 'Schitt's Creek', 'Good Witch', 'A Christmas Horror Story', 'Remedy', and 'Spun Out'.

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