Eve Stewart

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Eve Stewart
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
London, England
Occupation Production designer
Years active 1993–present
Notable work Topsy-Turvy
The King's Speech
Les Misérables

Eve Stewart (born 1961) is a British production designer. She grew up in Camden Town and later trained in film, originally working in theatre. She later became a set designer, starting with Naked in 1993. In 1999, she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Production Design for Topsy-Turvy. She later began a collaboration with director Tom Hooper, working on Elizabeth I, The Damned United, The King's Speech, Les Misérables, and The Danish Girl.

Stewart has won several awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award, and a Creative Arts Emmy Award. She has been nominated four times for an Academy Award, with her most recent nomination being in 2016. She also served as production designer for Paul McGuigan's film Victor Frankenstein.

Early life[edit]

Eve Stewart was born in London, England in 1961.[1] She grew up in Camden Town.[2] Stewart studied theatre design at Central Saint Martins, and later acquired a Masters in Architecture from the Royal College of Art. Initially, Stewart worked as a theatre designer. Eventually, she did a play for Mike Leigh at the Hampstead Theater, who then offered her the post of art director for an upcoming project.[3]

Career[edit]

Stewart's first film credit was as art director on Leigh's film Naked. She described the experience as "very hard work" and "a bit of a shock".[4][5] Stewart served as art director on Secrets & Lies and as set designer on Career Girls and Topsy-Turvy;[1] she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Production Design for her work on the latter.[6] In 2000, Stewart was the set designer for New Year's Day, Saving Grace, and Sorted, while in 2001 she served that position on Goodbye Charlie Bright and The Hole.[6]

Stewart's fourth and final collaboration with Leigh was as production designer on the 2004 film Vera Drake.[7] For her work on the film, she received her first nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Production Design.[6] Working for the first time with Tom Hooper, Stewart was the production designer on the 2005 television miniseries Elizabeth I, which won her the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or TV Movie.[8] In 2008, Stewart served as production designer on the thriller film Fifty Dead Men Walking. For this, she received the Genie Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design.[9] In 2009, Stewart worked with Hooper for the second time on The Damned United.[6]

Stewart served as production designer on Hooper's 2010 film The King's Speech. Before working on the film, she researched the settings for the script by viewing old newsreels and touring the Victoria and Albert Museum.[10] Her work on The King's Speech received several award nominations. She won an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award,[11] and has said that it is the award she is the most proud of.[3] Stewart also received a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.[6]

Stewart collaborated with Hooper once more in 2012, when she worked as production designer on Les Misérables.[2] For reference, Stewart followed the film protagonist's route through France. She also visited the house of the story's author, Victor Hugo.[2] Stewart received her third Academy Award nomination for the film, as well as winning a BAFTA Award.[6] She received her first Saturn Award nomination for her work on the film.[12] Stewart was later hired on Muppets Most Wanted[13] and has served as production designer on Paul McGuigan's Victor Frankenstein.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hannigan, Fionnuala (2013). Filmcraft: Production Design. CRC Press. p. 159. ISBN 1136071105. 
  2. ^ a b c Booth, Hannah (3 February 2013). "Set designer Eve Stewart: 'Get me nine tons of Scottish seaweed!'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lowes, Adam. "Eve Stewart Interview". HeyUGuys. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Hannigan, Fionnuala (2013). Filmcraft: Production Design. CRC Press. p. 160. ISBN 1136071105. 
  5. ^ "Safari Books Online". Interview: Eve Stewart. Focal Press. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Eve Stewart – Movie and Film Biography and Filmography". AllMovie. AllRovi.com. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Nathaniel. "Eve Stewart on "The King Speech" Lacquering, Mike Leigh Yelling and Marlene Dietrich Peeing". The Film Experience. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Elizabeth I". companypictures.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eve Stewart's 'Fifty Dead Men' Bags a Genie" (PDF). Dattner Dispoto. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Palmer, Martyn (6 February 2011). "The King's Speech: The making of a very British smash hit". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Finke, Nikki. "15th Annual Arts Directors Guild Awards: 'King's Speech', 'Inception', 'Black Swan'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Moore, Debi. "2013 Saturn Award Nominees Announced". DreadCentral. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Production Designer of the New MUPPET Movie Reveals...An Interesting Plot Point??". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Giardina, Carolyn. "'Les Mis' Production Designer Eve Stewart Boards 'Frankenstein'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 

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