Captivated by movies since childhood, Greg Weimerskirch began his film career as an apprentice at George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Inspired by his experiences at ILM, Greg pursued graduate studies in production design at the American Film Institute. A trained architect and urban designer, Greg infuses research, 3D modeling, sketching, and painting in the narratives he is fortunate to design.
Greg has collaborated with many of the leading directors of our time, including Ron Howard, Richard Linklater, Gus Van Sant, and Denzel Washington. He recently designed the film Alice (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival) and The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey based on the novel by Walter Mosley. The latter project, produced by Apple Studios, stars Samuel L. Jackson, who also serves as producer. The story spans nearly nine decades and required many period sets, including the construction of a 1930s Mississippi town. Ptolemy’s apartment, which plays a central role in the story, went through several character transformations from the 1970s to present day.
Greg’s work as an art director was featured in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. His efforts on the film garnered an Art Directors Guild nomination for outstanding production design and involved recreating the world of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in exact detail.
His other film credits include Hillbilly Elegy, directed by Ron Howard and starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams, and the Oscar nominated film Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. Additional projects include Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Mindhunter, The Fault in Our Stars, Southpaw, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Greg was one of 30 filmmakers inducted into the Designers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018. A 1997 graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory, he was the recipient of the Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship for outstanding production design. While working in architecture and urban design, Greg managed projects throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.
In addition to being recently nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Greg was previously nominated for Fences and the Paramount Pictures television series Seven Days. Greg also received the 2016 Cultural Legacy Award from the American Film Institute for his contributions to Fences.