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Jess Gonchor: Production Design in Action

Updated January 06, 2010

The designer of the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man shows us how he works.

Slide 1: Jess Gonchor, Production Designer
Slide 2: A Serious Man
Slide 3: A Serious Man
Slide 4: Burn After Reading
Slide 5: No Country For Old Men
Slide 6: Away We Go
Slide 7: Production Design as storytelling
Slide 1: Jess Gonchor, Production Designer

Slide 1: Jess Gonchor, Production Designer

Jess Gonchor’s first love was theater. Growing up not far from New York City, he could come down to work on off-off-Broadway theater. Then, as he recounts, “one day I worked on a film for the BBC and I saw all these lights coming in, all these big sets coming in. I was like, ‘Wow, what is this? I got to try this. This looks like I could maybe make a living out of it.’ Soon after that, I drove out to Los Angeles to work in film. It really helped me working in the theater, because there you only have $.50 to do something, and you have to make it work. So once I had a little bit of a budget I could really do something.”