Carl Sprague has worked in the art department of more than 30 films, which between them have a combined total of 29 Oscar nominations, including winners for best picture winner 12 Years a Slave and best production design Grand Budapest Hotel.

After film and theatre studies at Harvard and graduate work at NYU, Carl worked for special effects wizard Doug Trumbull – art directing the Back to the Future ride for Universal Studios and other projects. His first feature design job was assistant art director for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. Carl went on to work on The Paper, State & Main, Spartan, In Dreams, Before & After, Mona Lisa Smile, The Love Letter, The Buccaneers and Amistad. He received a Guild nomination as art director for The Royal Tenenbaums.

Carl’s production design credits include Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear, Bruce Beresford’s Peace Love & Misunderstanding, Maggie Greenwald’s Last Keepers, Another Harvest Moon, The Last Harbor, Satie & Suzanne, Long Distance, The Pleasure of Your Company and Campbell Scott’s Company Retreat. Recently, Carl has done concept illustration work for Moonrise Kingdom, Twelve Years a Slave, Grand Budapest Hotel, Passengers and Damien Chazelle’s upcoming LaLaLand. He was art director for Woody Allen’s latest Irrational Man. Carl’s sets for the photographer Gregory Crewdson were featured in Aperture and The New York Times.

Carl has written an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1916 romance Summer, which he plans to direct in Massachusetts next year.

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