Michael Seymour (production designer)

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Michael Seymour
Born1932 (1932)
Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK
Died (aged 86)
Occupation Production designer
Years active1967–2006

Michael Edmund Seymour (1932 – 9 December 2018) was a British production designer. He won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for his work on the 1979 film Alien . [1] Seymour died on 9 December 2018 at the age of 86. [2]

In film and television, a production designer (PD) is the person responsible for the overall visual look of the production. Production designers have a key creative role in the creation of motion pictures and television. Working directly with the director, cinematographer, and producer, they must select the settings and style to visually tell the story. The term production designer was coined by William Cameron Menzies while he was working on the film Gone with the Wind. Previously the people with the same responsibilities were called art directors. It is sometimes also described as scenic design or set design.

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The Academy Awards, also officially and popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The statuette depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style.

The Academy Award for Best Production Design recognizes achievement for art direction in film. The category's original name was Best Art Direction, but was changed to its current name in 2012 for the 85th Academy Awards. This change resulted from the Art Director's branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) being renamed the Designer's branch. Since 1947, the award is shared with the set decorator(s). It is awarded to the best interior design in a film.

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References

  1. "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  2. Michael Edmund SEYMOUR death notice
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