PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: The Coen Brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen jointly write, direct, produce, and edit films as a team. Their newest film, True Grit, is nominated this year for ten Oscars, including Best Achievement in Art Direction. It is also nominated under the Period Film category at the Art Director’s Guild Awards this year. Let’s take a look back at their career in this week’s “Production Design Porn”. As you will see, they clearly had an eye for detail from the very beginning.


Blood Simple. (1984)

Production Designer: Jane Musky

Raising Arizona (1987)
Production Designer: Jane Musky | Art Director: Harold Thrasher | Set Decorator: Robert Kracik

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Production Designer: Dennis Gassner | Art Director:  Leslie McDonald | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

Barton Fink (1991)

Production Designer:  Dennis Gassner | Art Director: Robert C. Goldstein, Leslie McDonald | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

Fargo (1996)

Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs | Art Director: Thomas P. Wilkins | Set Decorator: Lauri Gaffin

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs | Art Director: John Dexter | Set Decorator: Chris L. Spellman

O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)

Production Designer: Dennis Gassner | Art Director: Richard L. Johnson | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

Production Designer: Dennis Gassner | Art Director: Chris Gorak | Set Decorator: Chris L. Spellman

No Country For Old Men (2007)

Production Designer: Jess Gonchor | Art Director: John P. Goldsmith | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

Burn After Reading (2008)

Production Designer: Jess Gonchor | Art Director: David Swayze | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

A Serious Man (2009)

Production Designer: Jess Gonchor | Art Director: Deborah Jensen | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

True Grit (2010)

Production Designer: Jess Gonchor | Art Director: Stefan Dechant, Christina Ann Wilson | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh


What is your favourite Coen Bros. film? Do you think True Grit will win at the Oscars or the ADG Awards?

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'.

  1. Interesting, but how could you leave out the Hudsucker Proxy?

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