Award winning Production Designer JUDY BECKER is one of the many gifted artists who have made significant contributions to cinema’s most iconic films. But their work often flies under the radar, in large part because journalist and critics more often focus their attention on directors and stars rather than that the work of production designers. But these production designer’s sometimes unheralded art consists of nothing less than building the world of a movie, and in the process do a great deal to create those distinct cinematic environments that film lovers wants to visit again and again. Production Designer JUDY BECKER, recent subject of a film retrospective at New York’s Metrograph Theatre, gave all the film lovers who attended an opportunity to better appreciate the painstaking research and crucial creative contribution that goes into the work of a production designer as well as the films that inspired her. Becker 25-year career as a lead production designer includes collaborations with directors Todd Haynes, David O. Russell, and Ang Lee. Production Designer Judy Becker (Carol, American Hustle, We Need to Talk About Kevin) joins us for a conversation on her introduction into the world of production design, the artist who’s work inspired her and how she approaches each new project with the same zeal and attention to detail she brought to her very first project.
About the filmmaker – Judy Becker is a production designer in the film industry. Cited as one of “25 to Watch” in the summer 2002 issue of Filmmaker, Judy Becker came to her career in production design from a background in fine arts, including several years as an “underground” comics artist. She started in the props department and worked her way up to production design in independent films in New York. Notable films to her credit include, Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005), Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (2007), David O. Russell’s The Fighter (2010), Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk Kevin (2011), David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock (2012) and David O. Russell’s American Hustle (2013), Todd Haynes’s Carol (2015), David O. Russell’s Joy (2015), David O. Russell’s Amsterdam (2022).