Jan Roelfs


Production Designer

About

Birth Place
Netherlands

Biography

A gifted Dutch production designer, Jan Roelfs is noted for his decade-long collaboration with fellow designer Ben Von Os. Beginning in 1983, the pair collaborated on over 25 films, most notably several for British director Peter Greenaway, including "A Zed and Two Noughts" (1985), "Drowning By Numbers" (1988), "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989) and "Prospero's Books" (...

Biography

A gifted Dutch production designer, Jan Roelfs is noted for his decade-long collaboration with fellow designer Ben Von Os. Beginning in 1983, the pair collaborated on over 25 films, most notably several for British director Peter Greenaway, including "A Zed and Two Noughts" (1985), "Drowning By Numbers" (1988), "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989) and "Prospero's Books" (1991). For each of those films, Roelfs and Van Os worked closely with the director, choosing particular color schemes and creating the ornate and sumptuous visuals. They also scored with Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" (1990), which included many recreations of Van Gogh's paintings. For "Orlando" (1993), which required creating sets for several time periods ranging from the Elizabethan age to the 18th Century to modern times, the duo shared an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. Beginning in 1994, the pair began to accept projects independently. Roelfs went on to create the Americana look for Gillian Armstrong's remake of "Little Women" (1995) and earned a second Academy Award nomination for his futuristic design for "Gattaca" (1997).

Filmography

 

Producer (Feature Film)

Miss Minoes (2011)
Coproducer

Art Director (Feature Film)

1,000 Roses (1994)
Art Director
Sailors Don't Cry (1990)
Art Direction
Vincent & Theo (1990)
Art Direction (Netherlands)
No Potatoes (1989)
Art Direction
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
Art Director
Laura Ley (1989)
Art Direction
Shadowman (1988)
Art Director
Havinck (1988)
Art Director
Blond Dolly (1987)
Art Direction
Zjoek (1987)
Art Director
In de Schaduw Van de Overwinning (1985)
Art Direction

Production Designer (Feature Film)

Bird Box (2018)
Production Designer
The Current War (2017)
Production Designer
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Production Designer
Child 44 (2015)
Production Designer
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Production Designer
47 Ronin (2013)
Production Designer
Dark Blood (2012)
Production Designer
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Production Designer
My Own Love Song (2010)
Production Designer
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Production Designer
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Production Designer
The Hunting Party (2007)
Production Designer
I'm Not There (2007)
Production Designer
World Trade Center (2006)
Production Designer
Alexander (2004)
Production Designer
Simone (2002)
Production Designer
Bad Company (2002)
Production Designer
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
Production Designer
Flawless (1999)
Production Designer
Gattaca (1997)
Production Designer
The Juror (1996)
Production Designer
Grotesque (1995)
Production Designer
Little Women (1994)
Production Designer
Hoffman's Hunger (1993)
Production Designer
The Baby of Macon (1993)
Production Designer
Orlando (1992)
Production Designer
Eline Vere (1991)
Production Designer
Prospero's Books (1991)
Production Designer
Sailors Don't Cry (1990)
Production Designer
Alissa in Concert (1990)
Production Designer
Drowning By Numbers (1988)
Production Designer
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
Production Designer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Lucky Ones (2008)
Consultant

Life Events

1984

First worked with Ben Von Os on "Naughty Boys"

1985

First garnered attention with his production design for "A Zed and Two Naughts", directed by Peter Greenaway

1988

Designed Greenaway's "Drowning By Numbers"

1989

Third film with Greenaway, "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"

1990

Served as one of the art directors for Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo"

1991

Teamed again with Greenaway for "Prospero's Books"

1993

Garnered Oscar nomination for his work on "Orlando"

1994

Was production designer on Gillian Armstrong's remake of "Little Women"

1997

Received second Academy Award nomination for his futuristic designs for "Gattaca"

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