Influencers: Adam Stockhausen Brings Eclecticism to Production Design

What do Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg, and Steve McQueen have in common? They all rely on the worldbuilding skills of Oscar winner Adam Stockhausen (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), one of the most eclectic production designers working today.“Adam is a quiet comet,” said production designer Mark Friedberg (“Joker”), who mentored Stockhausen.

“Despite his quiet demeanor, the intensity of his vision blazes.

I met him when he had just started as a draftsman and brought him onto our team during ‘The Producers.’“On our next film,’ Across the Universe,’ he got to design the giant street set, and by ‘Synecdoche New York,’ he was my art director.

We held each other up (he held me up more) on ‘Darjeeling Limited’ in India, and by the end of that I knew he was destined for great things.”Stockhausen conveyed a “Goya-esque” horror and beauty in McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” offsetting

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