2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Production Design

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Colin Gibson (Production Design); Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration)



There’s building locations and designing sets and then there’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” where you’re custom building 130 vehicles to take part in one of the most epic chase scenes of all time. And these aren’t just vehicles that were driven onto set. These vehicles are meticulously designed to match the spirit of their characters as well as being designed to be visually appealing as we spend so much time in and around them. Director George Miller even states that second to the actors was the design of the War Rig, the semi vehicle that Furiosa steers across the Wasteland with Max. Immortan Joe’s vehicle is also given special treatment, as he is to have the most prominent vehicle that outshines the rest. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that the explosions become practical and with that comes destroying some/most of the vehicles along the way. How many production teams can tout that? Yes, designing period pieces, space stations, and unique wilderness sets have their own unique challenges, but absolutely nothing has ever come along that has been quite like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” That is the mark of true vision and that is what should be honored in this category.

What’s its competition? “Mad Max: Fury Road” will likely be taking many of the technical awards. With “The Revenant” in direct competition in most of these categories, the ball ends up in the air on which film will pull off the wins and wins for “The Revenant” in any of these earlier categories could prove well for its Best Picture chances. But the fact of the matter is that “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a visual feast that has honestly never been attempted before and for that, it should definitely be taking many of these technical awards.

Previous nominations? These are the first Academy Award nominations for Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson.


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// Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller, and P. J. Voeten // Directed by George Miller //
// Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  6 films – 6 days //

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