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Lauren E. Polizzi (born 15 November 1958; age 58) is an Art Director who worked under production designer Scott Chambliss on Star Trek Into Darkness and as Art Director on the 2016 sequel Star Trek Beyond. 
Her work on 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness earned her an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award nomination in 2014 in the category Fantasy Film which she shared with Scott Chambliss, Ramsey Avery, James Clyne, Kasra Farahani, Michael E. Goldman, Harry E. Otto, Andrew E.W. Murdock, Jason Baldwin Stewart, Natasha Gerasimova, Steve Christensen, Andrea Dopaso, John Eaves, Nathan Schroeder, Ryan Church, Christopher Ross, Victor Martinez, Steven Messing, Karl Strahlendorf, John Chichester, Tex Kadonaga, Kevin Cross, Andrew Reeder, Anne Porter, Jane Wuu, Richard F. Mays, Allen Coulter, Karl Martin, Scott Schneider, Lorrie Campbell, Easton Smith, Tammy Lee, Tim Croshaw, Clint Schultz, and Karen Manthey.
Personal and early career Edit
Polizzi was born in Los Angeles and was among a group of teenagers who were cast to be extras for a television project while at high school. Impressed by the sets built for this television series she decided to achieve a career in the entertainment industry. She attended the University of California in Los Angeles and graduated with a degree in theater arts.
Since 2000, she has been working as a senior lecturer in Advanced Set Design and Art Direction at the American Film Institute.
Film and television Edit
Polizzi started her career as production assistant in the early 1980s when she worked on the horror film The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) and the drama Nickel Mountain (1984, art direction by Nancy Mickelberry).
Her credits as set designer include films such as the music drama Great Balls of Fire! (1989, starring Winona Ryder), the drama Gross Anatomy (1989), the action comedy V.I. Warshawski (1991), the fantasy comedy Death Becomes Her (1992), Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Jurassic Park (1993), the fantasy drama Heart & Souls (1993, with Alfre Woodard), the drama Forrest Gump (1994), the comedy Sgt. Bilko (1996), the science fiction blockbuster Independence Day (1996), the comedy Edtv (1999), the sequel Ocean's Twelve (2004), the fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories (2008, production design by Linda DeScenna), the comedy Date Night (2010), and the biopic J. Edgar (2011).
As assistant art director, Polizzi worked on the drama The Oasis (1984, starring Richard Cox, Ben Slack, and Mark Metcalf), the science fiction horror film Species (1995), the drama Amistad (1997), the action drama Mercury Rising (1998), and the science fiction remake The Time Machine (2002, screenplay by John Logan).
Among her credits as art director are the fantasy sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), the sixth season of The X-Files (1998-1999), the fantasy comedy How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), the crime comedy Be Cool (2005), the sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the science fiction sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), the comedy Dinner for Schmucks (2010), the science fiction thriller Cowboys & Aliens (2011, screenplay by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, production design by Scott Chambliss, and set design by Karen Manthey), and the drama Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
More recently, Polizzi worked as Art Director on the television movie Exit Strategy (2014, written and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci), and the sequels The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015).
Polizzi received her first ADG Excellence in Production Design Award nomination in 1998 for her work on the drama Amistad. The following year she was part of the team which won the award in the category Television Series for her work on The X-Files. Beside her nomination for Into Darkness, Polizzi received four more nominations in 2001 for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in 2009 for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in 2012 for Cowboys & Aliens, and in 2014 for Saving Mr. Banks.
Other awards include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1999 in the category Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for The X-Files, an Online Film & Television Association Award nomination in 2001 in the category Best Production Design for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a Satellite Award nomination in the category Best Art Direction & Production Design in 2013 for her work on Saving Mr. Banks.
On Into Darkness, he worked closely with James Clyne and Kasra Farahani on the 3D models of the USS Vengeance bridge including its consoles and the corridor consoles, the Vengeance exterior look, the initial concept model of the K'normian trading ship interior, and the garbage barge look for the climatic fight sequence.  For this work, Kadonaga received an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award nomination in the category Fantasy Film in 2014 which he shared with Scott Chambliss, Ramsey Avery, James Clyne, Lauren Polizzi, Kasra Farahani, Michael E. Goldman, Harry E. Otto, Andrew E.W. Murdock, Jason Baldwin Stewart, Natasha Gerasimova, Steve Christensen, Andrea Dopaso, John Eaves, Nathan Schroeder, Ryan Church, Christopher Ross, Victor Martinez, Steven Messing, Karl Strahlendorf, John Chichester, Kevin Cross, Andrew Reeder, Anne Porter, Jane Wuu, Richard F. Mays, Allen Coulter, Karl Martin, Scott Schneider, Lorrie Campbell, Easton Smith, Tammy Lee, Tim Croshaw, Clint Schultz, and Karen Manthey.
1980s – 2009 Edit
Kadonaga graduated with an Industrial Design Major from the Ontario College of Art in Ontario, Canada in 1988 and with a Production Design Major from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1990. Throughout the 1990s he worked for the effects companies Commotion, Inc. and Landmark Entertainment Group before he joined Rhythm & Hues as CG Artist, Art Director and Designer in 1993. Since 2002 he is also working as Art Director for Electronic Arts located in Redwood City, California.
As part of Rhythm & Hues he worked on concept art for the Argo shuttle in Star Trek Nemesis, but the contract was awarded to another visual effects company.  Other projects as 3D modeler, art director, and artist as part of Rhythm & Hues include the adventure Babe (1995, with James Cromwell) and its sequel Babe: Pig in the City (1998), the comedy The Associate (1996, with Whoopi Goldberg), the fantasy comedy Mystery Men (1999), the science fiction comedy What Planet Are You From? (2000), the science fiction thriller The Sixth Day (2000), the comedies Cats & Dogs (2001) and Scooby-Doo (2002), the action sequel The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), the adventure comedy Night at the Museum (2006), the comedy sequel Evan Almighty (2007), the comedy remake Land of the Lost (2009), and the fantasy film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009).
Early in his career, Kadonaga worked at Arcca Animation on the television series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987-1988). His credits as art director include the video games Race for Atlantis (1998), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (2004).
2010 – today Edit
Kadonaga worked as costume modeler on the science fiction sequel TRON: Legacy (2010) and as digital set designer on the drama 2012 (2009), James Cameron's science fiction blockbuster Avatar (2009), the comic adaptation Thor (2011, starring Chris Hemsworth), the science fiction film Cowboys & Aliens (2011), the drama Real Steel (2011), the thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and the fantasy film Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013).
In 2010 he received an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award from the Art Directors Guild in the category Fantasy Film for his work on Avatar. He shared this award with fellow Trek artists Robert Stromberg, Dorian Bustamante, Ryan Church, James Clyne, Paul Ozzimo, Daphne Yap, C. Scott Baker, Scott Herbertson, Joseph Hiura, Karl J. Martin, Andrew Reeder, and Gregory Jein. In 2012 he received another nomination in the category Fantasy Film for his work on Cowboys & Aliens and won an ADG Award in the category Contemporary Film for his work on the mystery drama The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
More recent credits as Set Designer include the animated movie Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013) and the science fiction film Tomorrowland (2015, written and produced by Damon Lindelof, music by Michael Giacchino, and production design by Scott Chambliss).
- Kadonaga.net – official site
- Lauren Polizzi at the Internet Movie Database
- Tex Kadonaga at ArtDirectorsGuild.org
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