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Director (feature film)

1.
Heavy Metal (1981) as Sequence Director
In this five-part animated feature, an evil glowing green orb travels through space and time, spreading violence and discord in its wake

Art Director (feature film)

2.
Enemy of the State (1998) as Art Director
An attorney is entangled in a web of national politics when a reporter friend accidentally records the murder of a senator. Unaware that he is in possession of the reporter's video, the attorney becomes the target of a National Security Agency investigation which nearly succeeds in destroying his pe
3.
Nothing to Lose (1997) as Art Director
After discovering his wife in bed with his boss, ad exec Nick Beam is carjacked while sitting at a stop light. Having "nothing to lose," Nick turns the tables and kidnaps the armed robber. Ultimately the two form an unlikely friendship when they try to exact revenge against Nick''s boss in an adventure filled with mistaken identity and hold-ups.
4.
Game, The (1997)
A bored billionare philanthropist is given a birthday gift by his brother to make his life more interesting- a high-stakes game in which the rules remain a mystery. After receiving numerous clues and life-saving keys, he realizes that someone has made him the target of a detailed scam, completely draining his bank account in the process. When he begins to believe that "the game" ends when he is dead, he must do what he can to save his own life.
5.
Relic, The (1997) as Art Director
A graduate student and a Chicago cop try to solve a series of murders, leading them to New York City's Museum of Natural History and specific objects from a doomed expedition.
6.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) as Art Director (Savannah)
A visiting city reporter''''s assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire.
7.
Jade (1995) as Assistant Art Director
David Corelli is an ambitious assistant district attorney in San Francisco. While attending a black tie affair as the guest of his college friends Matt Gavin, a prominent lawyer, and his wife Trina Gavin, a clinical psychologist, David is called to the scene of a murder: the San Francisco home of a
8.
Crimson Tide (1995) as Art Director
A submarine officer mutinies against his trigger-happy captain to prevent a world war.
9.
Groundhog Day (1993) as Assistant Art Director
A weatherman gets stuck in time, forced to live the same day over and over.
10.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) as Assistant Art Director
An out of work voice-over actor and his wife get divorced, with the wife gaining custody of the three children. Unhappy with the alotted time given him to spend with the kids, the father dresses up as an old lady and gets a job as the kids'' nanny.
11.
Rising Sun (1993)
Two L.A. cops investigate the murder of an American call girl at a Japanese corporation, and the investigation exposes much more than was expected.
12.
True Romance (1993) as Art Director
An unstable drifter and a starry-eyed hooker find love in a hail of bullets in the ultra-violent modern crime classic "True Romance" (1993). Kung-Fu fan Clarence falls for prostitute Alabama and launches an attack on her pimp that leaves the young couple with a fortune in stolen cocaine and many bad, bad men out to kill them. Directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper. With a French language track.
13.
Final Analysis (1992)
A psychological thriller about desire and deception, set in San Francisco. The plot centers around a psychiatrist who enters into a romance with a patient's sister.
14.
Delirious (1991)
Comedy about a soap opera writer who wakes up after a car accident and finds himself living inside his soap opera.
15.
Coupe de Ville (1990)
Three brothers travel across country in 1963 to deliver a 1954 vintage car to their father.
16.
Midnight Run (1988) as Art Direction
An ex-cop becomes a bounty hunter and tracks down an embezzler.
17.
*batteries not included (1987)
Aliens in tiny space ships visit Earth.
18.
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) as Art Direction
Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is watching the news on TV when the reporter tells a story that Axel''s friend, Beverly Hills police Captain Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox), has been shot. Axel heads out to Beverly Hills to visit Bogomil in the hospital, and is reunited with Bogomil''s daughter Jan (Alice Adair). Axel is also reunited with Det. Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Sgt. John Taggart (John Ashton). Axel, Rosewood, and Taggart soon discover that the alphabet robberies are being masterminded by weapons kingpin Maxwell Dent (Jurgen Prochnow), and Dent had sent his fiancee Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen) to kill Bogomil because he had been after Dent.
19.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) as Art Direction Assistant
A housewife travels back in time to change the fate of her shotgun wedding.
20.
Lucas (1986) as Art Direction
21.
Joy of Sex (1984)
22.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) as Art Direction
A wisecracking, rules-breaking Detroit cop finds himself in Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of a friend and teaches his stiff-necked Beverly Hills counterparts some lessons in the finer arts of police investigation techniques.
23.
The Natural (1984) as Art Direction (Los Angeles)
An overaged baseball player comes out of nowhere to save his team.
24.
WarGames (1983) as Art Direction
In search of the ultimate game, a young man accidentally hacks into the government''''s top military computer.
25.
One From the Heart (1982) as Art Direction Assistant
In Las Vegas, Franny, a Fremont Street travel agent, dreams of taking off to the exotic locales to which she sends her clients. Meanwhile, her husband Hank is preoccupied with the purchase of their spacious, slightly seedy Spanish Moderne home as a good investment. Their anniversary forces the dream
26.
Escape Artist, The (1982) as Art Direction
Danny Masters is the teenage son of the late, great magician and escape artist Harry Masters. Danny is also very talented and determined to follow in his father's footsteps. When he joins his aunt and uncle in their magic act, he gets in deep trouble by picking the pocket of the son of the town's d
27.
Apocalypse Now (1979) as Art Direction Assistant
An Army captain travels to Cambodia during the Vietnam War to terminate a renegade officer.
28.
Comes A Horseman (1978) as Art Direction Assistant
Rival ranchers battle over oil rights.
29.
Other Side of Hell, The (1978)
A man who enters a hospital for the criminally insane in an irrational state but regains his sanity after several years desperately tries to win his release after witnessing attacks on patients by guards. Production began on this as "The Next Howling Wind" and then it was to have been called "Escape
30.
Special Olympics (1978)
A widowed father struggles to hold together his family of three teenagers, one of whom is mentally retarded and enrolled in a state school for "special" children where he finds self-fulfillment in his love of sports, emulating his older, athletic brother.

Art Department (feature film)

31.
Rundown, The (2003) as Set Designer
In the always rough, have-to-be tough urban jungle of Los Angeles, there are men like Beck...well, not exactly like Beck--a man who uses whatever means are necessary to retrieve whatever he is paid to bring back. A marker, a late payment or a Super Bowl ring from a quarterback with gambling debts--B
32.
Scorpion King, The (2002)
In the notorious city of Gomorrah, an evil ruler is determined to lay waste to all the nomadic peoples of the desert. The few remaining tribes, never natural allies, have to unite or perish. Knowing their enemy relies on the visions of a sorcerer, they hire a skilled assassin, Mathayus to eliminate the visionary. After infiltrating the enemy camp, Mathayus discovers that the sorcerer is in fact a beautiful woman. Rather than eliminate her, he takes her deep into the desert badlands, knowing that the ruler''s henchman will stop at nothing to rescue her and bring her back. Seriously wounded in the ensuing battle, Mathayus must find the strength to lead his scrappy band of allies back to Gomorrah for a final confrontation.
33.
Princess Diaries, The (2001) as Set Designer
Fifteen-year-old Mia discovers that her father is the Prince of Genovia and she is the sole heir to the throne. She must decide, by her sixteenth birthday, whether she will live as a princess and move to Genovia or remain in San Francisco where she lives with her artist mom. Meanwhile, she must suff
34.
Postman, The (1997) as Set Designer
Set some 20 years in the future after the devastating Second Civil War, the story revolves around a drifter who unwittingly becomes a national hero. On the run from an evil and oppressive sect known as the Holns, the drifter retreats to the woods of the Northwestern U.S. and assumes the identity of a postal employee when he inadvertantly stumbles upon a wrecked postal vehicle. Although the United States government has long been disbanded, The Postman begins to deliver the mail - providing a sense of hope to the frightened locals who have for too long lived under the Holn''s oppressive ways.
35.
Head Above Water (1997)
A judge and his young wife spend their vacation, along with the wife''s childhood friend, on a small island off the coast of Maine. While the two men are off on a fishing trip, the woman''s ex-boyfriend surprises her with an unexpected visit, then further shocks her by turning up naked and dead in her bed the next morning. The body refuses to stay put -- and neither will the murderer.
36.
Love Affair (1994) as Set Designer
After meeting and falling in love, a couple plan a rendezvous six months later. When one of them is injured on the way to the meeting, the other waits without knowing what happened.
37.
I Love Trouble (1994) as Set Designer
Competing journalists at rival papers fall in love while exposing a government-involved scandal.
38.
Brain Donors (1992) as Set Designer
Three strange people bilk a rich widow and stage a ballet, in the comedic vein of the Marx Bros.
39.
Unforgiven (1992) as Set Designer
A retired gunslinger straps on the six-guns one more time to battle a corrupt town boss.
40.
Dick Tracy (1990) as Lead Set Designer
The intrepid comic strip detective fights off a ruthless gangster and his seductive girlfriend.
41.
Hammett (1982) as Set Designer
During his days as a detective, writer Dashiell Hammett tries to find a missing Chinese girl in San Francisco.

Production Designer (feature film)

42.
Sully (2016)
The story of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot who safely landed U.S. Airways flight 1549 on the frozen Hudson River in 2009.
43.
American Sniper (2014)
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
44.
Jersey Boys (2014)
45.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
With his sight failing, an aging baseball scout takes his daughter with him on a trip to check out a hot prospect.
46.
Hereafter (2010)
Three people are touched by death in different ways. George is a blue-collar American who is trying to reject using his psychic ability to connect with those who have died. On the other side of the world, Marie, a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marc
47.
Invictus (2009)
The true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa''s rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa''s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
48.
Gran Torino (2008)
Walt Kowalski, a grizzled Korean War veteran who can't get along with his kids or his neighbors, finds his only solace in his prize possession - a 1972 Gran Torino. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his car, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will in
49.
Changeling (2008)
Los Angeles, March 1928: On a beautiful Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, single mother Christine Collins says goodbye to her nine-year-old son, Walter, and leaves for her job as a telephone operator. But when Christine returns to their modest home, she is confronted with every parent's wo
50.
Rails & Ties (2007)
On a beautiful stretch of California coastline, a suicidal mother parks her car on a railroad crossing and awaits the arrival of a speeding train, the sleek and unstoppable Coastal Starlight. Thus begins the story of two families in physical, emotional and psychological collision--of the victim's r

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