Scenic artist Bill Anderson, Oscar-nominated matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw and set designer William J. Newmon II will join award-winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein as recipients of the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, ADG council members announced Tuesday.
Anderson’s artwork is featured in films such as “Cleopatra” and “The Sound of Music” as well as at numerous Disney attractions around the globe, including Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.
Ellenshaw entered the industry through a role in Disney Studio’s matte department and later joined the ranks of renowned effects studio Industrial Light and Magic, where he produced visuals for films including “Star Wars” and “Tron.”
Reigning as Hollywood’s first African-American set designer, Newmon launched his career as a stock scenery draftsman at NBC and later designed sets for films and television shows including “Poltergeist,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “7th Heaven.”
Previous recipients of this award include designers Jim Bissell (“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”), Rick Carter (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Stuart Craig (“Harry Potter”).
Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be honored at ADG’s annual Excellence in Production Design Awards gala on Jan. 31 at a black-tie event hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.