Winner: John King

This award is for Art Department members who we would like to honour having had a long and extensive career and who have made their creative mark on this industry, benefiting their department as a whole.

Judging for this award, is made by the BFDG committee.

JOHN KING

Supervising Art Director

John King

In his own words...

My journey in the film industry started before my 16th birthday at Shepperton Film Studios where my father was employed. There were a number of trade apprenticeships available and I opted for carpentry as it involved working in technical drawing which was my underlying passion. In addition to my tech course, I did an additional draughting course that was to put me in good stead for the future.

On completion of my apprenticeship, fast forward to 1976 when I started drawing sets for several commercial art directors in various studios – one of whom was Brian Morris who gave me my first start as draughtsman on the 1978 John Schlesinger film ‘Yanks’.

Following on from ‘Yanks’, I had the good fortune to work with Dick Sylbert on ‘Reds’ whose style and finishing techniques from LA gave me a better insight in set design and finishes. A designer whom I worked with again 13 years later on a production called ‘Ruby Cairo’ in Berlin, Athens, Cairo and Los Angeles.

After working on Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ which had some of the most surreal sets to draw, I received a call from Stuart Craig, as you know one of the most talented designers to work on ‘Greystoke’. This would be the first of 17 films in which I have worked under Stuart Craig to name some: The Mission, Memphis Belle, Secret Garden, Mary Reilly, Notting Hill, Harry Potter 1 & 2, Fantastic Beasts. I have also had the pleasure of working on 3 Ridley Scott Movies: Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven & Prometheus. Drawing so many incredible sets from Ridley’s concepts and imaginative ideas.

There are so many great design projects that I have been involved in – some 74 film productions to date, too many to mention, and have collaborated with so many wonderful art department people, far too many to name both past and present. I am truly flattered beyond words to be singled out for this award by so many talented people in the guild. I will treasure this award.

Thank you all.

Nominations

GLADIATOR: ART DIRECTORS WINNER

MERLIN II: EMMY WINNER

ROBIN HOOD: ART DIRECTORS GUILD HONOUR
PROMETHEUS: ART DIRECTORS GUILD HONOUR
ODYSSEY II: EMMY NOMINATIONS
HARRY POTTER: ART DIRECTORS GUILD HONOUR
QUANTUM OF SOLACE: ART DIRECTORS GUILD HONOUR

Selection of Favourite Productions John King Has Worked On:

YANKS 1978
REDS 1980
THE WALL 1981
GREYSTOKE 1982
THE MISSION 1984
EMPIRE OF THE SUN 1986
MEMPHIS BELLE 1989
SECRET GARDEN 1992
MARY REILLY 1995
NOTTING HILL 1998
GLADIATOR 1998
HARRY POTTER 2000
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN 2003
NOTTHINGHAM 2009
PROMETHEUS 2012
FANTASTIC BEASTS 2015
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