Academy Invites 21 New Production Design Branch Members in 2023

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inviting 21 creatives to join the AMPAS Production Design Branch including 7 Production Designers and 3 Set Decorators.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that they are extending invitations to join AMPAS to 398 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures including 21 new invitations to the AMPAS Production Design Branch.

“The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership.”

The invited creatives to the Production Design Branch include: 7 Production Designers, 3 Art Directors, 3 Set Decorators, 1 Property Master, 3 Location Managers, and 4 Concept Artists and Storyboard Artists. If everyone invited accepts their invitations, the Academy’s overall membership of all 18 branches will grow to 9,375.

The current Board of Governors in the Production Design Branch are Production Designers Tom Duffield and Wynn Thomas, and Set Decorator Missy Parker.

“The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership. They represent extraordinary global talent across cinematic disciplines and have made a vital impact on the arts and sciences of motion pictures and on movie fans worldwide,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang in a joint statement.

Membership selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion, and equity remaining a priority. Of the 2023 class: 40% identify as women, 34% belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 52% are from 50 countries and territories outside the United States. There are 76 Oscar nominees, including 22 winners, among the invitees. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2023.

For the full list of those invited, go to the official AMPAS site. See below for all of the names of those invited to the Production Design Branch in 2023.

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The 2023 Academy Awards Production Design Branch Member Invites

Production Designers

Barry Michael Chusid – “Rampage,” “Independence Day: Resurgence”
Dylan Cole – “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Maleficent”
Sabu Cyril – “RRR,” “Runway 34”
Christian M. Goldbeck – “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Exile”
Karen Murphy – “Elvis,” “A Star Is Born”
Ben Procter – “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Ender’s Game”
Kave Quinn – “Catherine Called Birdy,” “The Brothers Grimsby”

Art Directors

David Allday – “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” “Holmes & Watson”
Samantha Avila – “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Lucy in the Sky”
Tom Brown – “Dune,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Set Decorators

Raffaella Giovannetti – “Roald Dahl’s The Witches,” “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle”
Ernestine Hipper – “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Tár”
Amy Gail Wells – “Inherent Vice,” “The Master”

Property Master

Diana Burton – “West Side Story,” “The Goldfinch”

Location Managers

Bill Darby – “Enola Holmes,” “The Mummy”
Klaus Darrelmann – “Tenet,” “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”
Laura Sode-Matteson – “Jungle Cruise,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Concept and Storyboard Artists

Richard Buoen – “Once upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Black Panther”
Darrin Denlinger – “Avengers: Endgame,” “Doctor Strange”
Andrew H. Leung – “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Mulan”
Dean Sherriff – “Emancipation,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

Congratulations to all of the new members invited to the AMPAS Production Design Branch.


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Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

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