David Crank

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David Crank
Occupation(s)Production designer, Art designer
Years active1990-present

David Crank is an American production designer and art director. His production designer credits include Rian Johnson's Knives Out and Paul Greengrass's News of the World (for which he nabbed an Academy Award nomination for Best Production Design with set decorator, Elizabeth Keenan at the 93rd Academy Awards,[1] as well as nominations for a BAFTA Award and Critics' Choice Movie Awards in the same category), plus art director credits on various films including Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood and The Master, and Water for Elephants.

Education and personal life[edit]

Crank grew up in Richmond, Virginia[2] and graduated from William and Mary with a degree in studio art in 1982.[3] He also received a Theatre Design MFA degree from Carnegie-Mellon.[2]

Professional life[edit]

Crank first began as a set designer in Richmond's local theaters and then started working in film as a set painter around 1990.[4] He was the Art Director on three of Terrence Malick's films, including The New World (2005) and The Tree of Life (2011). Crank was on the production team that won the 2012 Satellite Award for Best Art Direction and Production Design for Lincoln (and was also nominated that same year for The Master).[5] Crank's production design work on Knives Out was integral to the film's world, including the fact that he turned different locations into the film's main setting, the mansion of mystery author Harlan Thrombey.[6][7]

In 2011, William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art presented Crank with The Cheek Medal, a national award for outstanding presentation of the arts.[8] In addition to his Oscar and BAFTA Film Award nods, Crank was nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for his work on the News of the World (film).


  1. ^ Davis, Clayton (2021-03-11). "2021 Oscars Predictions: All Awards Categories". Variety. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  2. ^ a b Shelleby, J.B. (June 21, 2000). "Designing a Nightmare - Local art director David Crank wants to make an impression - but not too big an impression - with his work in "Hannibal."". Style Weekly. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Martin, Sararose (January 14, 2020). "Grammy-nominated ensemble, W&M alumni headline special guests at 2020 Global Film Festival". The Virginia Gazette. DailyPress.Com. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Grouchnikov, Kirill (August 11, 2016). "Production design of "The Double" – interview with David Crank". pushingpixels.com. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "International Press Academy 2012 Awards and Nominations (Art Direction & Production Design)". Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (November 27, 2019). "How 'Knives Out' Turned Three Locations Into a Single Mansion of Murder". thewrap.com. TheWrap. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  7. ^ Huff, Lauren (November 27, 2019). "Knives Out production designer on that crazy house, and which details you might have missed". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Muscarelle Awards 2011 Cheek Medals".

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