Preston Ames


Art Director, Production Designer

Biography

Long-time MGM designer; worked frequently with Vincente Minnelli.

Filmography

 

Art Director (Feature Film)

The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
Art Director
A Family Upside Down (1978)
Art Director
Woman Of The Year (1976)
Art Director
Babe (1975)
Art Director
Rooster Cogburn (1975)
Art Director
The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975)
Art Director
The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (1974)
Art Direction
The Don Is Dead (1973)
Art Director
Lost Horizon (1972)
Art Director
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
Art Director
Brewster McCloud (1970)
Art Director
Airport (1970)
Art Director
The Strawberry Statement (1970)
Art Director
Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)
Art Director
The Impossible Years (1968)
Art Director
Penelope (1966)
Art Director
Made in Paris (1966)
Art Director
Quick, Before It Melts (1965)
Art Director
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Art Director
A Global Affair (1964)
Art Director
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Art Director
All Fall Down (1962)
Art Director
Jumbo (1962)
Art Director
The Honeymoon Machine (1961)
Art Director
Wild in the Country (1961)
Art Director
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Art Director
Where the Boys Are (1960)
Art Director
Home from the Hill (1960)
Art Director
The Big Operator (1959)
Art Director
Green Mansions (1959)
Art Director
Gigi (1958)
Art Director
Designing Woman (1957)
Art Director
Lust for Life (1956)
Art Director
These Wilder Years (1956)
Art Director
The Cobweb (1955)
Art Director
Kismet (1955)
Art Director
Brigadoon (1954)
Art Director
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Art Director for "Equilibrium"
Torch Song (1953)
Art Director
The Band Wagon (1953)
Art Director
The Wild North (1952)
Art Director
An American in Paris (1951)
Art Director
The Outriders (1950)
Art Director
Crisis (1950)
Art Director
Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Art Director
That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Art Director
The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
Art Director
Three Daring Daughters (1948)
Art Director
Big City (1948)
Art Director
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Art Director
The Show-Off (1946)
Art Director
No Leave, No Love (1946)
Art Director
She Went to the Races (1945)
Art Director
Blonde Fever (1945)
Art Director
The Hidden Eye (1945)
Art Director
Kismet (1944)
Art Director

Production Designer (Feature Film)

The Pursuit Of D.B. Cooper (1981)
Production Designer
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
Production Designer
Oh God! Book II (1980)
Production Design
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Production Designer
Damnation Alley (1977)
Production Designer

Art Director (Special)

Big Bend Country (1981)
Art Director

Art Director (TV Mini-Series)

Bare Essence (1982)
Art Director

Life Events

1951

Began working in films as an art director for director Vincent Minnelli, starting with "An American in Paris" (1951) and ending with "Gigi" (1958)

1974

First TV-movie credit, as art director, "Babe"

1977

First feature credit as production designer, "Damnation Alley"

1981

Final work on a feature, credited as production designer, "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper"

Videos

Movie Clip

American in Paris, An (1951) - Opening, This Is Paris The opening sequence from Vincente Minnelli's An American in Paris, 1951, which offers a brief tour of Paris and introduces "Jerry," the Gene Kelly character.
Three Daring Daughters (1948) - The Dickey Bird Tess, Alix and Ilka (Jane Powell, Mary Eleanor Donahue, Ann E. Todd) have just been told their fashion-editor single mom (Jeanette MacDonald) needs to take a cruise, and it's settled with a song by Howard Dietz and Sammy Fein, in Three Daring Daughters, 1948, from MGM producer Joe Pasternak.
American in Paris, An (1951) - Third Year Girls Jerry (Gene Kelly), an ex-G-I and sidewalk artist, meets art patron Milo (Nina Foch) on the street in Vincente Minnelli's An American In Paris, 1951, Noel Neill the derided American student.
American In Paris, An (1951) - Adam's Fantasy Probably the only time the ubiquitous wit and piano virtuoso Oscar Levant (as "Adam") ever got five minutes alone on screen, in a fantasy of himself conducting and playing (his pal George) Gershwin's "Concerto in F," from An American In Paris, 1951.
Brigadoon (1954) - Two Weary Hunters From the credits, choral music from Lerner and Loewe, director Vincente Minnelli's famous trick with footage of pumped-in fog rolled backward to reveal the village, in Brigadoon, 1954.
Brigadoon (1954) - It Isn't On The Map Yanks Tommy (Gene Kelly) and Jeff (Van Johnson) reflecting and doing some exposition as they hunt in the Scottish highlands, coming upon the mystical village in Vincente Minnelli's Brigadoon, 1954.

Trailer

Brewster McCloud - (Original Trailer) A mysterious boy living in the Houston Astrodome dreams of building himself a pair of wings in Brewster McCloud (1970), directed by Robert Altman.
Gigi (1958) -- (Original Trailer) A Parisian girl (Leslie Caron) is raised to be a kept woman but dreams of love and marriage in Gigi (1958), directed by Vincente Minnelli.
Torch Song - (Original Trailer) Joan Crawford suffers while she sings after she falls for a blind pianist in Torch Song (1953).
Pretty Maids All in a Row - (Original Trailer) A young man's first sexual explorations are threatened by a string of murders in Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) written by Gene Roddenberry, starring Rock Hudson and Angie Dickinson.
Wild North, The - (Original Trailer) Mountie Wendell Corey tracks accused killer Stewart Granger through the Canadian wilderness in the color adventure The Wild North (1952).
Green Mansions - (Original Trailer) Audrey Hepburn is Rima, the Bird Woman of the Amazon rain forest in the romantic adventure Green Mansions (1959) co-starring Anthony Perkins.
She Went To The Races - (Original Trailer) A pretty scientist (Frances Gifford) with a system for horse-race betting falls in love with a trainer in She Went To The Races (1945).
Crisis - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant takes a strong dramatic role as an American doctor forced to operate on a dictator in Crisis (1950).
No Leave, No Love - (Original Trailer) Van Johnson is a returning veteran who falls for a radio singer in the musical No Leave, No Love (1946).
Lady In The Lake, The - (Original Trailer) Robert Montgomery stars in and directs Lady in the Lake (1946), portraying Philip Marlowe in a mystery shot entirely from the detective's viewpoint.
All Fall Down - (Original Trailer) A young drifter's romance with an older woman is threatened by his possessive mother in All Fall Down (1962) starring Warren Beatty and Eva Marie Saint.
Outriders, The - (Original Trailer) Joel McCrea stars in MGM's Technicolor Western, The Outriders (1950).

Bibliography