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Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg & Kim Sinclair
production designers and art director

RECENT SCORES: The trio shared Oscars, BAFTAs, ADG and Saturn awards for their work on “Avatar.” Carter, Oscar-nommed for “Forrest Gump,” and whose collaborations with Steven Spielberg (“A.I.,” “Amistad”) scored ADG noms and an AFI production designer of the year nom (“A.I.”), was also up for a Saturn Award along with Stromberg (Oscar-nommed for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) for their work on “Avatar.”

COMING UP: Carter recently finished Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” and has reteamed with Spielberg on “War Horse.” Stromberg worked on Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and is vfx supervisor on the upcoming “Angel Camouflaged.” Sinclair is in pre-production on Rob Cohen’s “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” slated for a 2011 release, before beginning 2012’s “The Wind in the Willows.”

Guy Hendrix Dyas
production designer

RECENT SCORES: The BAFTA and ADG-nommed designer earned critical acclaim for films such as “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “Superman Returns” and “Agora.” For his latest pic, “Inception,” Dyas, director Chris Nolan and d.p. Wally Pfister used a massive catalog of images to create the film’s elaborate imaginary landscapes. While some of the more ethereal environments incorporated vfx, “having a majority of practical sets and real locations to shoot in was important for Chris,” said Dyas. “He really felt that this would blur the line between dream states and reality.”

COMING UP: Dyas, who worked for Steven Spielberg on “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” is assisting the helmer on a new project.

Phil Ivey
production designer

RECENT SCORES: Standout look of “District 9” earned Ivey a BAFTA nom last year. Distinctive approach to production design won a DGA award for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” “I was heavily influenced by ’70s cinema when I was a teenager growing up in the mid-’80s,” he says. “Films like ‘The Deer Hunter,’ ‘Taxi Driver’ (and) ‘Apocalypse Now’ with strong narrative that weren’t overpowered by over-designed sets.”

COMING UP: “Warrior’s Way,” “The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell.”

Profiles written by Iain Blair, David Cohen, Peter Debruge, Jack Egan, Marjorie Galas, Karen Idelson, Chris Morris and Bruce Shutan.

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