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Michael Corenblith

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Production designer Michael Corenblith’s most recent projects are HBO's The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black; and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell. In 2013, he was reunited with filmmaker John Lee Hancock on the Disney film Saving Mr. Banks. Corenblith designed the productions for Hancock’s two previous directorial efforts: The Blind Side, a best picture nominee at the 2010 Academy Awards; and The Alamo, an epic retelling of the battle for Texas independence. For his efforts in re-creating San Antonio de Bexar and the Alamo, The Alamo Battlefield Association honored Corenblith with the Ruben Marmaduke Potter Award in recognition of his “advancement of the scholarship” of Alamo history. At 51 acres, it is one of the largest standing sets ever built in North America.

In addition to his ongoing association with Hancock, Corenblith has also enjoyed a long-standing collaboration with filmmaker Ron Howard. Their projects include Ransom, Edtv and Frost/Nixon. Corenblith received an Academy Award nomination for his dazzling, imaginative creation of Dr. Seuss’ Whoville in Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and another for his recreation of the doomed 1970 Apollo moon launch in Howard’s epic space adventure Apollo 13. The latter project also earned him a BAFTA Award.

Corenblith’s association with filmmaker Jay Roach began with the comedy Dinner for Schmucks, and continued with Roach’s big screen comedy The Campaign and HBO’s acclaimed Emmy-winning drama, Game Change.

Corenblith began his work on feature films as key set designer on Paul Mazursky’s 1986 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. He was both art director and production designer on the film Prince Jack.

Other credits include He Said, She Said, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, Cool World, Down Periscope, Mighty Joe Young, Be Cool, Wild Hogs and Dolphin Tale. He has also designed numerous TV pilots, including Showtime’s signature series, Dexter.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Corenblith studied design at UCLA. He got his start in the entertainment industry as a television lighting designer before moving to art direction. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors has recognized him with three Excellence in Production Design nominations for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frost/Nixon and Game Change. He won an Emmy Award in 1983 for his work on the 55th Academy Awards ceremony.