Production Design Perfection: Terry Gilliam

Actor, writer, director, animator, producer… former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam has done it all, even production design for the Python film Life of Brian! He started out as a cartoonist and animator in the States but soon moved to England where he worked on Do Not Adjust Your Set and the legendary Monty Python’s Flying Circus. After Monty Python dissolved, he focused on writing and directing his own films. Gilliam plays with themes of imagination and rising against the establishment. His films lend themselves to fantastical production design very well – take a look for yourself.


Every Terry Gilliam Film

Storytime (1968)

Directed and animated by Terry Gilliam



Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Production Designer: Roy Forge Smith


Life of Brian

Director: Terry Jones | Production Designer: Terry Gilliam | Art Director: Roger Christian


 

Brazil (1985)

Production Designer: Norman Garwood | Art Directors: John Beard, Keith Pain


The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

Production Designer: Dante Ferretti | Art Directors: Maria-Teresa Barbasso, Giorgio Giovanni, Nazzareno Piana, Massimo Razzi | Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Shiavo


 

The Fisher King (1991)

Production Designer: Mel Bourne | Art Director: P. Michael Johnston | Set Decorator: Cindy Carr


 

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Production Designer: Jeffrey Beecroft | Art Director: William Ladd Skinner | Set Decorator: Crispian Sallis


 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Production Designer: Alex McDowell | Art Director: Chris Gorak | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh


 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas | Art Directors: Keith Pain, Jirí Sternwald, Andy Thomson, Frank Walsh | Set Decorator: Judy Farr, Guy Hendrix Dyas


 

Tideland (2005)

Production Designer: Jasna Stefanovic | Art Director: Anastasia Masaro | Set Decorator: Sara McCudden


 

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Production Designer: Anastasia Masaro | Set Decorator: Caroline Smith


Gilliam’s animations have always been one of my favourite things about Monty Python. I especially love the “Killer Cars” sketch. What’s your favourite Terry Gilliam film or animation?

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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