MICHAEL CORENBLITH (Production Designer) marks his fourth collaboration with filmmaker John Lee Hancock, after having designed the productions for his three previous directorial efforts – the period film “Saving Mr. Banks,” the Oscar®-nominated Best Picture “The Blind Side,” and his 2004 epic retelling of the battle for Texas independence, “The Alamo.”
Corenblith most recently designed Craig Gillespie’s upcoming film “The Finest Hours,” starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. He also recently worked on Disney’s comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Miguel Arteta.
For his period recreations on “Saving Mr. Banks,” Corenblith earned his fourth Excellence in Production Design nomination from the Art Directors Guild and a pair of nominations for his vivid depictions of 1906 Australia and 1961 Hollywood from the San Diego and Phoenix Critics Societies.
In addition to his ongoing association with Hancock, Corenblith has also enjoyed a long-standing collaboration with Ron Howard, having designed such films as “Apollo 13,” “Ransom,” “Edtv,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Frost/Nixon.” He earned two Academy Award® nominations during his tenure with Howard -- for his dazzling, imaginative creation of Dr. Seuss’ Whoville in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and his recreation of the 1970 doomed Apollo moon launch in the epic space adventure, “Apollo 13.”
In addition to the Oscar® nominations, Corenblith also won the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for “Apollo 13” and received a pair of nominations for “Excellence in Production Design” from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Frost/Nixon.”
Corenblith also continues his ongoing association with filmmaker Jay Roach, which began with the comedy “Dinner For Schmucks,” and continued on his recent politically-themed projects -- the big screen comedy, “The Campaign,” and HBO ‘s acclaimed drama, “Game Change,” which collected five Emmy Awards in 2012, including Best Dramatic Movie/Miniseries and Best Actress for star Julianne Moore. For his work on the telefilm, he landed his third nomination from the Art Directors Guild. He most recently reteamed with Roach on the HBO comedy pilot, “The Brink,” which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Corenblith studied design at UCLA, and entered the entertainment industry as a lighting designer for television before moving to art direction, winning an Emmy Award in 1983 for his work on the 55th Academy Awards® show.
He began his work on feature films as key set designer on Paul Mazursky’s 1984 comedy, “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” and followed with assignments as a set designer or art director on “Cat People,” “Burglar,” “Red Heat” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” before graduating to production designer on the film “Prince Jack.”
He went on to design such movies as the recent inspirational drama, “Dolphin’s Tale,” “Down Periscope,” “Cool World,” “Be Cool,” “He Said, She Said,” and two Disney features -- the remake of “Mighty Joe Young” and the road comedy, “Wild Hogs.” He has also designed numerous TV pilots, including Showtime's signature series, "Dexter.”
In 2015 Corenblith was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame as part of the original ACL crew, where he played an important role in the launch and continuing success of the long-running influential series.