JONATHAN HOULDING Production Design

Biography

Education


MA Royal College of Art
MA (Distinction) Kingston University
BA (Hons) Wimbledon School of Art

Guild - BAFTA (Voting member)

About


I am a Production Designer for film, television and commercials living in London, UK and a postgraduate of the Royal College of Art, London. I have been in the film industry for over 20 years, working for, collaborating with and learning from some of the world's leading Art Directors, Production Designers, Directors and Producers. As an Art Director this includes; Sir Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Neil Jordan, Joel Schumacher, Daniel Espinosa, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Yorgos Lanthimos amongst others.

Although trained in traditional cinematic design processes and techniques (pencil on paper, in camera VFX etc) I am an advocate of and user in all new digital technologies where appropriate. This starts in pre-production and concept stage within the art department through to construction and along the VFX pipeline. I thrive in being involved with any form of project which envolves world building from the get go, or includes complex set design, prop design, construction or VFX. I also thoroughly enjoy adapting and building in/on existing locations.

Beginning my career as a draftsman, storyboard artist and set illustrator, I progressed to being an Art Director/Senior Art Director. In this role I have been fortunate enough to work both within the Art Department overseeing large set constructions and Set Decoration overseeing complex prop design and makes. 

One of my key strengths is my ability to quickly and confidently visually communicate through the drawn image, be it a quick sketch to full construction drawings or rendered conceptual illustration (either as a 3D computer model or 2D). I am extremely competent in all forms of construction drawings and methodologies and I am always looking for news methods/technologies to communicate in a better, clearer and quicker visual language. I am a 'hands on' designer and am often found on set with paint brush in hand.

I have won a number of awards for my work as an Art Director and for my contribution as a member of the project team. In 2014, I was awarded an Art Directors Guild of America Award for my contribution to The Martian which also was nominated for a BAFTA and ACADEMY Award for Best Production Design. I am a voting member of BAFTA.

I have also taught widely in leading universities throughout the UK in both Fine Art and Film and have given talks on designing for film at Industry Workshops. I have an in depth knowledge in the history of art, architecture and other design fields. I am also a practising artist, please visit jonathanhoulding.co.uk to view some of my work. 

As the head of department I am keen to be able to support new and up and coming talent to the industry particularly from areas of the community under-represented in the film industry. 

Regarding my technical knowledge I regularly use  in my design process Vectorworks, Rhino, Blender, Zbrush, sketch-up, keyshot, Illustrator, photoshop, In Design and all traditional media.

Countries worked in include; Ireland, Wales, Hungary, France, Lithuania, Slovenia and Croatia.


Contact



Direct contact: studiojonathanhoulding@gmail.com


Represented by: LUX ARTISTS

Rebecca Fayyad Palud (Film and Television): rebecca@luxartists.net
Jerry Deeney (Commercials): jerry@luxartists.net


LONDON

12 Stephen Mews
London, W1T 1AH
+44 (0)20 7637 9064

PARIS
1-3 Rue Rougemont
75009 Paris
+33 1 43 44 09 69