Dennis Gassner

Production designer, Graphic designer
A student of architecture and the arts, Gassner was a successful linebacker in college football but turned down a try-out for the Los Angeles Rams in order to continue his studies in graphic design. After designing some ... Read more »
Born: in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Art Department (25)

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Ask the Dust 2006 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Road to Perdition 2002 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Hero 1992 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Like Father, Like Son 1987 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Hitcher 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Wisdom 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Visual Effects & Animation (5)

Static 1986 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

The Hitcher 1986 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Under the Cherry Moon 1986 (Movie)

title design (Titles)

Hammett 1982 (Movie)

graphics design (Graphics)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

graphics design (Graphics)

Biography

A student of architecture and the arts, Gassner was a successful linebacker in college football but turned down a try-out for the Los Angeles Rams in order to continue his studies in graphic design. After designing some record albums, Gassner moved into film work when an old art school friend, then one of Francis Ford Coppola's assistant directors on "Apocalypse Now" (1979), got him a job as production assistant on the film. Gassner worked at Coppola's Zoetrope Studios for several years after that on such features as "Hammett" (1982) and "One From the Heart" (1982, a film that Gassner claims required "six miles of neon"). Shortly thereafter he earned his first production designer credit for the harsh, stylized look of Coppola's "Rumble Fish" (1983).

EDUCATION

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena , California

University of Oregon

Eugene , Oregon
Played on the school's varsity football team as a linebacker

Milestones

2007

Earned third Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction for "The Golden Compass"

2006

Production designer for Robert Towne's "Ask the Dust"

2004

Sixth collaboration with the Coen brother's "The Ladykillers"

2003

Designed tim Burton's "Big Fish"

2000

Re-teamed with the Coen brothers for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

1998

Designed "The Truman Show"

1994

Production designer for the Coen's brothers, "The Hudsucker Proxy"

1991

Designed Barry Levinson's "Bugsy," which won him an Oscar and the Coen brother's "Barton Fink" for which he earned an Oscar nomination

1990

First film with the Coen brothers, "Miller's Crossing"

1989

Designed the baseball film, "Field of Dreams"

1988

Production designer for "Earth Girls Are Easy"

1986

Did the title design for "Static" and "Under the Cherry Moon"

1986

First credit as solo production designer, "Wisdom"

1983

First credit as production designer (with Dean Tavoularis), "Rumble Fish"

1982

Received screen credit for "graphic design" on Coppola's "One from the Heart" and on Wim Wenders's "Hammett"

Worked as graphic designer for record albums

Grew up in Portland, Oregon

Hired by Francis Ford Coppola and Dean Tavoularis as a staff designer at Coppola's Zoetrope Studios

Entered the film industry when he designed the dossier information and worked on the ad campaign of "Apocalypse Now"; received screen credit as production assistant

Bonus Trivia

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Gassner was responsible for the poster design for the restored and re-released version of Abel Gance's silent masterwork, "Napoleon" (1927).

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