“Normally you’d walk into a room, the set dresser turns up three days before with 20 prop men, and they dress it. You’d look at it, you think of it, and you move things around. This was not like that at all,” said Andy Nicholson, the Oscar-nominated production designer for Gravity, who started working on the project in April 2010. This was an unusual project, an out-of-this-world set where ideas and tools and effects were created every day to bring Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuaron and his son, Jonas’ screenplay to life.
Nicholson had a career in architecture before he made the transition into the movie business and worked as an art director on several Tim Burton films, including Sleepy Hollow, Frankenweenie, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has won numerous Art Directors Guild Awards and won this year’s ADG for excellence in production design for a fantasy film for Gravity, an award he shared with his team. This is his first Oscar nomination.