Kristi Zea


Production Designer

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
October 24, 1948

Biography

New York native Kristi Zea stumbled into the world of moviemaking in the late 1970s. Despite having attended the High School for the Performing Arts, she intended to pursue a career in journalism, but while an undergraduate began working as a stylist for a commercial photographer. Although Zea did not like the work, it was lucrative and she discovered she possessed a flair for the work. ...

Biography

New York native Kristi Zea stumbled into the world of moviemaking in the late 1970s. Despite having attended the High School for the Performing Arts, she intended to pursue a career in journalism, but while an undergraduate began working as a stylist for a commercial photographer. Although Zea did not like the work, it was lucrative and she discovered she possessed a flair for the work. Woody Allen hired her as a design consultant on his dramatic "Interiors" (1978), which, although shot in color, had a mostly black-and-white look to it. Alan Parker hired Zea to create the costumes for the high school students in his "Fame" (1980) and her career was on its way. She subsequently designed the costumes for Parker's "Shoot the Moon" (1981) and "Birdy" (1984) and moved up to production designer on "Angel Heart" (1987). Zea also forged collaborations with James L Brooks, creating the period clothes for "Terms of Endearment" (1983) serving as art director on "Broadcast News" (1987) and designing the production of "As Good As It Gets" (1997).

Zea really came into her own, however, working with Jonathan Demme as production designer on "Married to the Mob" (1988). She created settings that ranged from a gaudy and garish look of a Lower East Side tenement to a candy-colored beauty parlor and worked in tandem with costume designer Colleen Atwood who designed the appropriately bright colored clothing. Zea continued to create impressive urban looks for the Martin Scorsese-directed "Life Lessons" segment of "New York Stories" (1989), Scorsese's gangster epic "GoodFellas" (1990), Demme's Oscar-winning thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) as well as his "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Beloved" (1998).

Zea has also begun a secondary career as a director, beginning with a Laurie Anderson music video. She helmed a 30-minute TV-movie, "A Domestic Dilemma" for HBO's "Women & Men II" (1991) and is developing a feature with Demme as producer.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Beloved (1998)
Director
Philadelphia (1993)
2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
Women & Men II (1991)
Director ("A Domestic Dilemma")

Cast (Feature Film)

As Good As it Gets (1997)

Producer (Feature Film)

The Joneses (2010)
Producer
As Good As it Gets (1997)
Producer
Philadelphia (1993)
Associate Producer
Broadcast News (1987)
Associate Producer
Lucas (1986)
Associate Producer

Art Director (Feature Film)

Angel Heart (1987)
Art Director
Broadcast News (1987)
Art Director

Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)

Dead End Kids (1986)
Costume Designer
Silverado (1985)
Costume Designer
Unfaithfully Yours (1984)
Costume Designer
Beat Street (1984)
Costumes
Birdy (1984)
Costume Designer
The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Costume Designer (Diane Keaton)
Best Defense (1984)
Costume Designer
Exposed (1983)
Costume Designer
Lovesick (1983)
Costume Designer
Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Costume Designer
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Costume Designer
Endless Love (1981)
Costume Designer
For Ladies Only (1981)
Costume Designer
Tattoo (1981)
Costume Designer
Fame (1980)
Costume Designer
The Day the Women Got Even (1980)
Costume Designer

Production Designer (Feature Film)

The Comedian (2016)
Production Designer
The Intern (2015)
Production Designer
Black Nativity (2013)
Production Designer
Tower Heist (2011)
Production Designer
The Joneses (2010)
Production Designer
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Production Designer
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Production Designer
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Production Designer
The Brave One (2007)
Production Designer
The Brave One (2007)
Production Designer
The Departed (2006)
Production Designer
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Production Designer
Red Dragon (2002)
Production Designer
Changing Lanes (2002)
Production Designer
The Family Man (2000)
Production Designer
Beloved (1998)
Production Designer
Sleepers (1996)
Production Designer
The War (1994)
Production Designer
Philadelphia (1993)
Production Designer
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Production Designer
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Production Designer
The Super (1991)
Production Designer
Goodfellas (1990)
Production Designer
New York Stories (1989)
Production Designer
Married To The Mob (1988)
Production Designer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Up Close and Personal (1996)
Consultant
Interiors (1978)
Other

Cast (Special)

Murder By Numbers (2002)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval (1995)
Consultant

Life Events

1978

First film credit, design consultant on Woody Allen's "Interiors"

1980

Received first credit as costume designer for "Fame"; first collaboration with Alan Parker

1983

First collaboration with director James L. Brooks, designed costumes for "Terms of Endearment"

1986

Was an associate producer on David Seltzer's "Lucas"

1987

Co-created (with Armin Ganz) the art direction for Parker's "Angel Heart"

1987

First film as solo art director, Brooks' "Broadcast News"; also an associate producer

1988

First film as production designer, "Married to the Mob"; first collaboration with Jonathan Demme

1989

Designed the Martin Scorsese segment, "Life Lessons" of the anthology film, "New York Stories"

1990

Was production designer on Scorsese's "GoodFellas"

1991

Served as production designer for Demme's Academy Award-winning, "The Silence of the Lambs"

1991

Made TV directing debut with "A Domestic Dilemma" episode of the HBO anthology, "Women & Men II"

1993

Served as associate producer, production designer and second unit director on Demme's "Philadelphia"

1997

Re-temed with James L. Brooks for "As Good As It Gets"

1998

Was production designer on Demme's "Beloved"

2000

Served as production and costume designer for the short-lived series, "Wonderland" (ABC)

2002

Collaborated with Brett Ratner, as the second unit director and production designer for "Red Dragon"

2004

Re-teamed with Demme for "The Manchurian Candidate"

2006

Re-teamed with Scorsese for The "Departed"

2008

Was the Art Director for "Revolutionary Road"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Achievement in art direction

Family

Norma
Daughter
Born December 17, 1990.

Bibliography