September 1, 1965 |
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Sean Hargreaves (b. September 1, 1965) is a British production designer.
Early life and education
Sean Hargreaves was born 1 September 1965 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England to an engineer father and artistic mother. At the age of 13 his family moved to the U.S. After attending Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston, in 1986 he was accepted into the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Hargreaves began his design career at the age of 18, just after graduation from high school, at Visual Engineering in Dallas, Texas. There he participated in the fabrication and design of prototypes for Texas Instruments and IBM.
Following graduation from Art Center College of Design he was hired at General Motors Advanced Concepts Center in Newbury Park California where he designed concept cars. In 1991 his interests moved to the film business where he has had a prolific career working on films for Stephen Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Luc Besson and others. He has worked as a Production Designer at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), James Camerons Digital Domain, as well as a Matte Painter at Rhythm and Hues Studios. His talent encompasses Production Design, Concept Design, Illustration and Photography.
He has worked on such diverse films as Seven, Batman Forever, Heat, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, The Fifth Element, Shrek, Toy Story 2, The Seventh Son, 300:The Battle of Artemesia, and many others.
The book 'Places' showcasing his work was published in 2011.
Hargreaves has lectured at the Art Center College of Design, Apple Computer, The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, and the Beijing University of Technology. In 2012 he gave a lecture on his work at Siggraph.
He has won the AICP award twice, and has been nominated for 3 Art Director Guild awards. His work is in the permanent colection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work was also featured in the exhibition 'Pixar: 20 Years of Animation, at MOMA, New York.