John Bryan

Production designer, Producer, Assistant production designer
Award-winning art director John Bryan used his eye for detail and keen sense of space and color to create atmospheric environments in everything from the critically acclaimed "Great Expectations" to the quasi-historical ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1911 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (8)

After the Fox 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tamahine 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Girl on the Boat 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Horse's Mouth 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Windom's Way 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Purple Plain 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Spanish Gardener 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man With a Million 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)
Art Department (7)

Great Catherine 1968 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman 1951 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Pygmalion 1938 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

(Set Designer)

Time Flies (Movie)

(Art Director)
Actor (3)

Camille 1936 (Movie)

DeMusset (Actor)

Lawns (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (3)

Chariots of the Gods? The Mysteries Continue 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Post-Production Supervisor

Polar Bears: Arctic Terror 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Post-Production Supervisor

The Free Willy Story: Keiko's Journey Home (TV Show)

Post-Production Supervisor
Sound (3)

Prison Song 2001 (Movie)

remixer (Sound Mixer)

The Champions of Magic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Sound Supervisor

The Beneficiary (TV Show)

Sound Supervisor
Writer (1)

The Spanish Gardener 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Countryfest '98 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Video
Music (1)

Prison Song 2001 (Movie)

(Music)
Other (1)

Rodney Crowell: A Late Night In Nashville 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production

Biography

Award-winning art director John Bryan used his eye for detail and keen sense of space and color to create atmospheric environments in everything from the critically acclaimed "Great Expectations" to the quasi-historical epic "Caesar and Cleopatra. " Bryan started working in the '30s on the sets of films like the British family drama "The Song of the Road" and landed his first major art direction position on "Pygmalion," adapted from the George Bernard Shaw play about a Victorian speech coach who bets he can teach a lower-class woman to speak like, and be taken for, a proper lady. The '40s proved a pivotal decade for Bryan; he won his only Oscar for his work on "Great Expectations," based on Charles Dickens's famous novel about a poor orphan whose life is changed by an anonymous benefactor, and he reunited with director Gabriel Pascal on "Caesar and Cleopatra," another Shaw adaptation centered on the unlikely relationship between the two powerful rulers. A few years later he served as the set designer of David Lean's "Oliver Twist," which featured a career-best performance from English actor Alec Guinness as the pitiable Fagin. After spending much of the '50s producing films, he returned to his production roots with "Becket," an Oscar-nominated drama that chronicles the turbulent relationship between an English king (Peter O'Toole) and his once-close confidant (Richard Burton).

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