When it comes to movies, production designer Judy Becker considers Ridley Scott blade runner and David Fincher Se7fr his first loves. “At the time these films came out, I was not a decorator,” Becker recalls. “But I think what drew me – and many other designers – to them was the sheer believability of the mythical worlds in which they were set.”
In her early career, Becker dabbled in production design, set design and set design, before cementing herself in the former and going on to design films such as Brokeback Mountain (2005), We need to talk about Kevin (2011) and Carol (2015).
“I came to production design as someone who always loved movies. I also loved art, design, architecture and photography,” she says, “so finding out that I could have a career that combined all my passions was one of the greatest moments of my life.”
Becker earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Production Design for his work on 2013 american hustle, shared with set designer Heather Loeffler. A long-time collaborator of David O. Russell, she has also worked on The fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and Joy (2015). She finds the filmmaker for his latest film, amsterdama period crime drama starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington as three friends at the center of a murder mystery.
“I definitely have a realism-based approach to filmmaking – most of the worlds I create are fictional, but within the context of film, my goal is to make them feel real, grounded, worn, authentic,” says Becker. . “Credibility and realism in the context of the story are the only things that matter to me; my goal is for the design to be part of a cohesive whole…People often compliment me saying they have loved my work, but the best compliment is when they say they loved the movie.”
Below, Becker shares with A.frame the five films that most influenced his approach to production design.