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Jess Gonchor (Production Designer) came to industry attention as a production designer with his work on Bennett Miller’s Capote, starring Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.
He went on to design the blockbuster The Devil Wears Prada, which starred Golden Globe Award winner Meryl Streep for director David Frankel; and the Coen Brothers’ Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men and Burn After Reading (also for Focus Features), for which he was an Art Directors Guild Award winner and nominee for Excellence in Production Design, respectively.
The native New Yorker first honed his craft in off-off-Broadway theater productions. Segueing into films, he worked in the art departments of such features as Nicholas Hytner’s The Crucible; Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World; and Rob Reiner’s The American President.
Mr. Gonchor worked as an assistant art director on Edward Zwick’s The Siege, and was later an art director on the filmmaker’s The Last Samurai, sharing in the design team’s Art Directors Guild Award nomination.
His newest project as production designer is the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man (also for Focus Features).