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Also Known As: Richard Heinrichs Died:
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Birth Place: San Rafael, California, USA Profession: animator, production designer, art director, visual effects consultant, set designer

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An animator and production designer best known for his creative alliance with Tim Burton, Rick Heinrichs has done visually interesting and evocative work in capacities ranging from stop-motion animation to set design on films as varied as "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (1985) and "Fargo" (1996). Like Burton, Heinrichs studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and was recruited by Walt Disney Productions. The two collaborated on Burton's stop-motion animation short "Vincent" (1982) and the live-action "Frankenweenie" (1984), before teaming up on Burton's unforgettable feature debut "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", with Heinrichs serving as the film's animation effects supervisor. Before reprising his work in this capacity, perfecting animation-aided special effects with a visual effects consulting role on Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988), Heinrichs branched out, doing stop-motion animation for "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzaii: Across the 8th Dimension" (1984) and supervising the models and miniatures for the Maurice Sendak-designed "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture" (1986).

An animator and production designer best known for his creative alliance with Tim Burton, Rick Heinrichs has done visually interesting and evocative work in capacities ranging from stop-motion animation to set design on films as varied as "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (1985) and "Fargo" (1996). Like Burton, Heinrichs studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and was recruited by Walt Disney Productions. The two collaborated on Burton's stop-motion animation short "Vincent" (1982) and the live-action "Frankenweenie" (1984), before teaming up on Burton's unforgettable feature debut "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", with Heinrichs serving as the film's animation effects supervisor. Before reprising his work in this capacity, perfecting animation-aided special effects with a visual effects consulting role on Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988), Heinrichs branched out, doing stop-motion animation for "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzaii: Across the 8th Dimension" (1984) and supervising the models and miniatures for the Maurice Sendak-designed "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture" (1986).

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While at Exeter drew cartoons for the school newspaper and was the art editor for the class yearbook
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Studied animation at CalArts
1979:
Spent four months at Disney's WED Enterprises, where he did sculpting for theme park audio-animatronic figures
1979:
Relocated to Disney Studios animation; was an assistant animator for the feature "The Fox and the Hound"
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Created 3-D character models for Disney's "The Black Cauldron" (1985)
1982:
Worked with Tim Burton on his animated short "Vincent"
1984:
Was part of the crew of the short "Frankenweenie", Burton's live-action directorial debut
1984:
Worked as a stop-motion animator for the film "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension"
1985:
Resumed association with Burton as animation effect supervisor on the director's feature debut "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"
1986:
Was models and miniatures supervisor for "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture"
1988:
Reteamed with Burton as visual effects consultant on "Beetlejuice"
1989:
Was set designer for Ivan Reitman's supernatural sequel "Ghostbusters II"
1990:
Contributed to the "Showtime 30-Minute Movie" entitled "To the Moon, Alice" as art director
1990:
Worked as set designer for "Joe Versus the Volcano"
1990:
Joined crew of Burton's "Edward Scissorhands" as set designer
1991:
Was assistant art director of the comedy "Soapdish"
1991:
Worked as set designer for director Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King"
1992:
Was art director of Tim Burton's "Batman Returns"
1993:
Worked as art director for "Last Action Hero"
1993:
Served as visual consultant on the animated feature "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"
1995:
Was supervising art director for the adventure fantasy "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill"
1995:
Earned rare television credit as production designer of the popular Showtime anthology series "Fallen Angels"
1996:
Was production designer of Joel Coen's Minneapolis-set mystery-comedy "Fargo"
1998:
Reteamed with the Coen brothers as production designer of the comedy "The Big Lebowski"
1999:
Reprised signature work with Burton as production designer of the director's haunting "Sleepy Hollow"; garnered Academy Award
2000:
Designed the remake of "Bedazzled"
2001:
Reunited with Burton for the remake of "Planet of the Apes"
2003:
Served as the Production Designer for Ang Lee's "Hulk" based off the Marvel comic book character
2004:
Was the production designer for "Lemony Snicket¿s A Series of Unfortunate Events" which is based on the children's books by Daniel Handler; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction
2006:
Earned an Oscar nomination for his work as an Art Director on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
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Education

School of Fine Arts, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -
Phillips Exeter Academy: Exeter , New Hampshire -
School of Visual Arts: New York , New York -
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California -

Notes

The Coen brothers on Rick Heinrichs: "He loves to take design as far as it will go. He worked on 'Fargo' and that was really an unsung accomplishment because we wanted no design. Absolutely nothing. We told him to find the most soul-deadening, flattened locations, and he'd find some dumpy cafe, and we'd say 'No, it's too good . . . less color, less design, less kitsch. Now that can be hard." -- quoted in an interview with FilmScouts.com, 1998

Production designer Rick Heinrichs on the challenges of working with pre-existing sets, and how to overcome them while adding to the film as a whole: "Of course when it came to the studio, we had total control over what we created there. But at the Greystone 'Lebowski' mansion, we ran into a problem that got solved in an unusual way. Inside the huge house was a black and white checkered floor that [director] Joel [Coen] was unhappy with. He didn't feel it was right. But there was nothing we could do. He loved the rest of the place so we make do with the floor. But since it grated on him, he used the black and white checkered visual motif in the Dude's dream that occurs later in the film. It appears as an element that has stayed in the Dude's mind, so it justified us having to go with the floor in the mansion." --quoted in "The Big Lebowski" presskit

Heinrichs on "Sleepy Hollow": "The biggest challenge was creating so many 'exterior' settings on stage. What emerged was a sort of 'stylized naturalism' which is very beautiful. It's a combination of using real materials with painted backings and very old-fashioned techniques of displaying perspective. It creates a very theatrical and painterly feeling." -- quoted in the film's presskit, 1999

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wife:
Dawn Heinrichs. Had two; survived him.

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