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BAFTA Insights Guillermo del Toro & Paul Austerberry

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Join THE SHAPE OF WATER’S Director Guillermo del Toro and Production Designer Paul Austerberry for a conversation on the craft of film-making. Moderated by Joe Neumaier.

GUILERMO DEL TORO, p.g.a. (Directed By, Written By, Story By, Produced By) is among the most creative and visionary artists of his generation whose distinctive style is showcased through his work as a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and author. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, del Toro first gained worldwide recognition for the 1993 Mexican-American co-production CRONOS, a supernatural horror film, which he directed from his own screenplay after beginning his career working as a special effects makeup artist. His subsequent films include, MIMIC, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, HELLBOY, PAN’S LABYRINTH, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, PACIFIC RIM and CRIMSON PEAK. Del Toro earned international acclaim as the director, writer and producer of the 2006 fantasy drama PAN’S LABYRINTH. He was honored with an Oscar nomination for his original screenplay for the film, which won Academy Awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. In all, the film garnered more than 40 international awards and appeared on more than 35 critics’ lists of the year’s best films.

PAUL DENHAM AUSTERBERRY (Production Designer) has designed extensively for feature film and television most recently on SHUT IN starring Naomi Watts as well as developing the designs for the upcoming PACIFIC RIM 2: MAELSTROM. Other recent credits include LEN AND COMPANY starring Rhys Ifans, POMPEII starring Kit Harington and Kiefer Sutherland, the international feature LIBERTADOR starring Edgar Ramirez, DEADFALLstarring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, THE THREE MUSKETEERS starring Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz, TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, AMELIA starring Hilary Swank and DEATHRACE, starring Jason Statham.

His additional credits as production designer include such features as 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, starring Josh Hartnett, TAKE THE LEAD, starring Antonio Banderas, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, starring Ethan Hawke and Lawrence Fishburne, RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE, starring Milla Jovovich, HIGHWAYMEN, starring James Caviezel, THE TUXEDO with Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt, EXIT WOUNDS, starring Steven Seagal, the Canadian feature MEN WITH BROOMS and MERCY with Ellen Barkin and Julian Sands.

As art director, Austerberry’s credits include X-MEN, FOREVER MINE, THE CORRUPTER, HALF BAKED, THE REAL BLONDE, EXTREME MEASURES, HARRIET THE SPY and KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY.

He was a Canadian Screen Award winner for Achievement in Art Direction / Production design for his work designing POMPEII and for television, he was awarded a Canadian Gemini for his work designing the musical special “Inspired by Bach.”

A native of Toronto, Austerberry studied Architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Following graduation, he worked for two years as an architect designing small commercial and residential projects before seguing into design for film. In his downtime, Austerberry enjoys travel and has toured over 50 countries.

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