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Birth Place: Profession: production designer, graphic designer

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A student of architecture and the arts, Gassner was a successful linebacker in college football but turned down a try-out for the Los Angeles Rams in order to continue his studies in graphic design. After designing some record albums, Gassner moved into film work when an old art school friend, then one of Francis Ford Coppola's assistant directors on "Apocalypse Now" (1979), got him a job as production assistant on the film. Gassner worked at Coppola's Zoetrope Studios for several years after that on such features as "Hammett" (1982) and "One From the Heart" (1982, a film that Gassner claims required "six miles of neon"). Shortly thereafter he earned his first production designer credit for the harsh, stylized look of Coppola's "Rumble Fish" (1983).Since the mid-1980s, Gassner's eye for detail and talent for evoking the fantastic within the mundane have enhanced several films by the Coen brothers ("Miller's Crossing" 1990, "Barton Fink" 1991), as well as "Field of Dreams" (1989), "The Grifters" (1990) and "Bugsy" (1991), which earned him his first Oscar.

A student of architecture and the arts, Gassner was a successful linebacker in college football but turned down a try-out for the Los Angeles Rams in order to continue his studies in graphic design. After designing some record albums, Gassner moved into film work when an old art school friend, then one of Francis Ford Coppola's assistant directors on "Apocalypse Now" (1979), got him a job as production assistant on the film. Gassner worked at Coppola's Zoetrope Studios for several years after that on such features as "Hammett" (1982) and "One From the Heart" (1982, a film that Gassner claims required "six miles of neon"). Shortly thereafter he earned his first production designer credit for the harsh, stylized look of Coppola's "Rumble Fish" (1983).

Since the mid-1980s, Gassner's eye for detail and talent for evoking the fantastic within the mundane have enhanced several films by the Coen brothers ("Miller's Crossing" 1990, "Barton Fink" 1991), as well as "Field of Dreams" (1989), "The Grifters" (1990) and "Bugsy" (1991), which earned him his first Oscar.

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Grew up in Portland, Oregon
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Worked as graphic designer for record albums
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Entered the film industry when he designed the dossier information and worked on the ad campaign of "Apocalypse Now"; received screen credit as production assistant
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Hired by Francis Ford Coppola and Dean Tavoularis as a staff designer at Coppola's Zoetrope Studios
1982:
Received screen credit for "graphic design" on Coppola's "One from the Heart" and on Wim Wenders's "Hammett"
1983:
First credit as production designer (with Dean Tavoularis), "Rumble Fish"
1986:
Did the title design for "Static" and "Under the Cherry Moon"
1986:
First credit as solo production designer, "Wisdom"
1988:
Production designer for "Earth Girls Are Easy"
1989:
Designed the baseball film, "Field of Dreams"
1990:
First film with the Coen brothers, "Miller's Crossing"
1991:
Designed Barry Levinson's "Bugsy," which won him an Oscar and the Coen brother's "Barton Fink" for which he earned an Oscar nomination
1994:
Production designer for the Coen's brothers, "The Hudsucker Proxy"
1998:
Designed "The Truman Show"
2000:
Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
2003:
Designed tim Burton's "Big Fish"
2004:
Sixth collaboration with the Coen brother's "The Ladykillers"
2006:
Production designer for Robert Towne's "Ask the Dust"
2007:
Earned third Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction for "The Golden Compass"
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Education

University of Oregon: Eugene , Oregon -
Art Center College of Design: Pasadena , California -

Notes

Gassner was responsible for the poster design for the restored and re-released version of Abel Gance's silent masterwork, "Napoleon" (1927).

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