14 , 2003
Designer to Discuss Her Film Work
Jeannine Oppewall, one of the leading
production designers in Hollywood, will speak at Mount Holyoke
on November 21 about her work in the film industry. Oppewall’s
design credits include Seabiscuit, Pleasantville, and LA
Confidential. She recently received an award from the Art Director’s
Guild for Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, coming
out ahead of such films as Lord of the
Rings and Chicago.
Oppewall began working as a set designer in Hollywood in the early 1980s and
worked her way up through the ranks as art director, and finally production designer.
Over the course of her career she has worked on more than 30 films, including
Tender Mercies, Cat People, and Snow Falling on Cedars. “Jeannine is a
woman who has been very successful in a profession dominated by men,” said
Robin Blaetz, visiting associate professor in film studies.
Oppewall graduated in 1968 from Calvin College, a small liberal arts college
in Michigan and received a master’s degree in medieval studies. Blaetz
said Oppewall’s success demonstrates the “need to see and study not
only all of film history but the history of all the arts and history in general.
It is this palette of ideas and images provided
by a liberal arts education that
separates the film artist from the mere technician.”
Oppewall’s talk will be held Friday, November 21, at 3 pm in Room 220 of
the Art Building.