Stephen Swain

Production Designers

After BA and MA degrees in Graphic Design and Illustration, Stephen left his MA study program in Production Design at the National Film and Television School early, following an interview with luminary Production Designer Stuart Craig. He was offered a position as Art Department Assistant on the Harry Potter series of films, whereby he was apprentice to Craig, who mentored his early career.

Stephen quickly moved up the ranks to Assistant Art Director and became Art Director working on subsequent films, including several in the Star Wars franchise (Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Solo). Other Art Director credits include Sam Mendes’ 1917, Now You See Me 2 and Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow.

His recent projects include the upcoming Cinderella, directed by Kay Cannon, and Gil Kenan’s A Boy Called Christmas. Stephen also worked with another of his mentors, Production Designer Jim Clay, on the upcoming Artemis Fowl and Death on the Nile, both directed by Ken Branagh.

Stephen’s approach to Production Design emanates from the traditional crafts of drawing and visualizing, along with understanding architecture and proportion as encouraged by Craig and Clay. This foundation has been further enhanced by working in the many digital platforms as shown in his more recent work. Alongside these skills, Stephen has experience working collaboratively with all film departments, and works effectively to find practical and expedient solutions to problems.


Death on the Nile

Stephen's Work

Death on the Nile (as Art Director)
Death on the Nile (as Art Director)
Artemis Fowl (as Art Director)
Artemis Fowl (as Art Director)
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (as Art Director)
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (as Art Director)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (as On Set Art Director)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (as On Set Art Director)