Production designers may not be the most well-known part of the crew of a film, but they certainly play key roles in working alongside the director of photography to bring the director’s vision for the film to life. The production designer heads up the film’s art department and spends a good deal of time working before the cameras roll investigating the way the lighting affects the set, the actors, and their costume and have a significant impact on how fans perceive each scene. As Marvel Studios and Sony continue to build the crew of the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, they’ve chosen Claude Pare to handle the production design of the Jon Watt’s film!
Pare’s most recent film provides an exemplar for how the working relationship between director, cinematographer and production designer can have a major impact on the audience. The production design of 2017’s It, from Pennywise’s makeup and costume to the look of the abandoned house to the memorably awful bathroom scene all came from Pare’s efforts to bring director Andres Muschietti’s vision to the screen. Pare’s has also served as the production designer on Rise of the Planet of the Apes and his work can next be seen in Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
With the Spidey sequel in pre-production, expect more news to break throughout the next several weeks. The film is expected to film late-spring/early-summer ahead of a July 5, 2019 release.