Dean Tavoularis
in conversation with Wouter Hessels (RITCS & INSAS).

Dean Tavoularis (born in 1932) studied architecture and art. After completing his education, he began his career at Walt Disney Studios. His first role as an Art Director was in Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967). He also served as the designer for Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point (1970). Tavoularis's pivotal meeting with Francis Ford Coppola marked the start of a significant collaboration, leading to his involvement in iconic productions such as The Godfather trilogy (1972-1974-1990), The Conversation, Apocalypse Now (1979), and Rumble Fish (1984). Throughout his career, Tavoularis collaborated with esteemed directors including Roman Polanski, Philip Kaufman, Nancy Meyers, William Friedkin, Wim Wenders, Diane Kurys, and Warren Beatty, among others. His achievements include winning an Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (for The Godfather Part II) and receiving four Academy Award nominations. He also earned a BAFTA Film Award for Best Production Design for Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) from the Art Actors Guild.

Join Dean Tavoularis as he delves into his experiences as an Art Director and Production Designer in conversation with Wouter Hessels (RITCS & INSAS).


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