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Chris Spellman’s most recent feature work was on Jay and Mark Duplass’ Jeff, Who Lives at Home, also for Indian Paintbrush, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms.
Mr. Spellman’s other films as production designer include Jody Hill’s Observe and Report, David Gordon Green’s Pineapple Express, and Greg Mottola’s Superbad, each of which starred Seth Rogen. He was also production designer on the live-action portion of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, directed by Stephen Hillenburg and Mark Osborne, starring Tom Kenny as SpongeBob et al.
Born in New Orleans, he moved to Los Angeles after college. There, he met production designer Dennis Gassner and set decorator Nancy Haigh who served as mentors for the journeyman. He became set decorator on works from such filmmakers as Joel and Ethan Coen, on The Big Lebowski and The Man Who Wasn’t There; Robert Altman, on Dr. T and the Women; Paul Thomas Anderson, on Magnolia; Michael Mann, on The Insider; Judd Apatow, on Knocked Up as well as episodes of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared; and Peggy Rajski, on the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor.
Mr. Spellman’s feature credits as set decorator also include Albert Brooks’ Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World;Peter Segal’s Anger Management; Jake Kasdan’s Orange County; Rob Cohen’s xXx; George Armitage’s Grosse Point Blank; Joe Johnston’s October Sky; and Frank Oz’s The Indian in the Cupboard.