Camerimage, a film festival in Poland for cinematographers, is to honor Adam Stockhausen with its prize for “production designer with unique visual sensitivity.” Stockhausen won an Oscar for his production design on Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and was nominated two more times, for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.” He was also the creative force behind the look of Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” and Kevin Macdonald’s “State of Play.”
Stockhausen’s work will be seen next year in McQueen’s “Widows,” a thriller about four women who have to take over a heist when their husbands are killed, Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated pic “Isle of Dogs,” and Spielberg’s sci-fi action adventure “Ready Player One.”
Stockhausen developed his distinctive style with genre films including Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s “The Switch” and Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” and made his breakthrough with Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” He previously worked with Anderson as supervising art director on “The Darjeeling Limited.”
Praised by Camerimage for his ability to take audiences “on a journey through numerous charming locations,” Stockhausen’s sets for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are some of his best-known work and a key element to the film’s unique, fairytale quality.
To achieve the effect, Stockhausen transformed the interior of an abandoned department store in Görlitz, a small German town near the Polish border. At the same time, he worked with miniatures, matte paintings and old-fashioned practical effects.
Camerimage kicked off Saturday with screenings of “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Downsizing.” It runs until Nov. 18.