As a production designer, Bernt Capra has excelled in recreating the great outdoors, especially the flat and dreamy American Midwest and Southwest. He was brought up to be familiar with landscapes, having been raised on an Austrian farm. After earning a degree in architecture, Capra moved to California to attend UCLA on scholarship. He worked designing buildings in Vienna and Los Angeles until the late 1970s when the film industry began to catch his attention. He did a little acting (notably the 1978 NBC miniseries "Holocaust"), but it was the design end of the business which most fascinated him.