Warren Gray

Warren Gray

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Production Designer

Cape Town, South Africa

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About Warren

me...

I have always loved sci-fi, E.T and Star Wars were my favourite movies to watch. My goal as a youngster was to become an aeronautical engineer, so that I could design a spaceship to travel into space, for me to find aliens and to drive a Lamborghini Countach.

In 1996 I registered at CPUT to define my goals in life and discovered that as an Industrial designer I could design anything man made. Finally my path in design was written…
Whilst studying and researching architecture and Philip Starck, I discovered filmmakers such as Jim Henson and George Lucas in the History of Art Library and a seed was planted.

I qualified in 2000, and got offered a job to work in a props fabrication studio called MODELMAN, I ended up discovering the Cape Town film industry through commercials. After learning the art of fabrication in every form, I ended up running the studio after 2 years and then decided to go freelance. To move on and work for CFX – who specialize in animatronics and soft props, Mila - TVC commercial props and Alchemy studios that specialize in table topping and automated camera rigs.

At CFX I was introduced to Art Directors and Production Designers from Disney, this is when I discovered a career.

In 2005 I started a design studio that serviced the real world and the film industry and at the same time, I got offered set design jobs on feature film because of my skill and abilities as a draughtsman and a modeler on Sketch up.

In 2006 I met my wife, we started a family and I decided to follow my dream to become a Production Designer. I resigned from my business and discovered I needed more accreditation in set design and art direction

From 2006 - 2012 I ended up working on numerous television series, feature films, and commercials.

In 2012 , Kalahari Pictures called me in to pitch for a position as Production designer on a television series. I put together a pitch document with designs based on the synopsis and treatments. After going up against all of my peers, at 35 years old I became one of a few young production designers to hit the market doing big features in South Africa.
To date i have just completed "where the white man runs away" as supervising art director an have been put forward for 3 international features as production designer.

Unique traits: Im an Industrial designer by qualification but a Production Designer by trade Sketches and Skechup are my tools which i have mastered over the past 16 years.

Credits

  • The Last Face

    The Last Face (2016)
    Film (Drama) Art department A director (Charlize Theron) of an international aid agency in Africa meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices surrounding humanitarianism and life through civil unrest.

  • Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief

    Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief (2016)
    Film (Crime) Production designer When young Abraham gets arrested for a petty crime he raises his status in prison by captivating the hardened gangsters with his knack for telling stories. He becomes the "prison cinema" whilst his childhood friend becomes the concubine of a gang boss. On their release from jail 'AB' finds romance with his childhood sweetheart and starts a new path in life as a writer but his friends rope him into a murder for which they all face the hang-man's noose. Set in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1960s. The film is based on the life story of the scriptwriter Mr. John W. Fredericks Written by David Max Brown

  • While You Weren't Looking

    While You Weren't Looking (2015)
    Film (Drama) Production designer WHILE YOU WEREN'T LOOKING is an original story, set in Cape Town. The protagonists are gay and lesbian, from all walks of life, whose intertwining tales present a humourous, inventive and dramatic take on contemporary life in South Africa. It is through the eyes and experiences of a cross-section of queers - black, white and coloured, cruisy singles, married couples with children, city and township dwellers, apartheid survivors and born frees, professionals and skollies - that we see the South African contemporary landscape unfold.

  • SAF3

    SAF3 (2013 - 2014)
    Television (Adventure, Comedy and Drama) Production designer The series follows Southern California's elite rescue task force, SAF3 (pronouced "safe") , consists of the cream-of-the-crop from the sea, air, and fire divisions of the Malibu Fire Department. They are the heroes who answer the most challenging calls; specialists who collaborate, coordinate, and initiate daring rescues in the most dangerous venues to save human life, always aware of the harsh reality that one of them may not return. Written by Anonymous

  • Dominion

    Dominion (2014)
    Television (Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror and 1 More) Art department Follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he's the unlikely savior of humanity.

  • In einem wilden Land

    In einem wilden Land (2013)
    TV Movie (Adventure and Western) Art department Silesia 1844. After the death of her husband during a demonstration, the young Mila goes to the United States of America, alone, for the land of hope they had dreamed about. Upon arrival, the cynical count Arnim Von Hobenberg, leader of the expedition to Texas, confiscated her land, saying that onlu men can own one. To survive, Mila is at the service of the countesz Cecile, with whom she ran away after wounding the count who wanted to rape her...

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
    Film (Drama, History and Biography) Art department Nelson Mandela is a South African lawyer who joins the African National Congress in the 1940s when the law under the Apartheid system's brutal tyranny proves useless for his people. Forced to abandon peaceful protest for armed resistance after the Sharpeville Massacre, Mandela pays the price when he and his comrades are sentenced to life imprisonment for treason while his wife, Winnie, is abused by the authorities herself. Over the decades in chains, Mandela's spirit is unbowed as his struggle goes on in and beyond his captivity to become an international cause. However, as Winnie's determination hardens over the years into a violent ruthlessness, Nelson's own stature rises until he becomes the renowned leader of his movement. That status would be put to the test as his release nears and a way must be found to win a peaceful victory that will leave his country, and all its peoples, unstained. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • Gallowwalkers

    Gallowwalkers (2012)
    Film (Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller and 1 More) Art department A mysterious gunman, Aman, is the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. This act brings a curse upon Aman - all those that die by his gun will return. Soon, he is hunted by a gang of his undead former victims, led by the vicious Kansa. Aman enlists Fabulos, a new young warrior, to fight by his side. Written by Anonymous

  • Andrew Marr's History of the World

    Andrew Marr's History of the World (2012)
    Television (Documentary and History) Art department Andrew Marr's History of the World is a 2012 BBC documentary television series presented by Andrew Marr that covers 70,000 years of world history from the beginning of human civilisation, as African nomadic peoples spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers, up to the twentieth century. Written by OpHaNiM

  • Gettysburg

    Gettysburg (2011)
    TV Movie (Documentary, War and History) Art department An examination of the Battle of Gettysberg on both the personal and strategic level.

  • Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend

    Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend (2011)
    TV Movie (Action and Drama) Art department Tells the story of the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world, an event that experts believe inspired the legend of Atlantis.

  • The Philanthropist

    The Philanthropist (2009)
    Television (Action, Adventure and Drama) Art department Add a Plot »

  • Lost City Raiders

    Lost City Raiders (2008)
    TV Movie (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Art department In 2048, global warming caused the sea level to raise high above most cities. John Kubiak runs a salvage business with his adopted orphan sons, cocky Jack and erudite, cautious Thomas. Yet top priority, above profit, is a secret project for New Vatican cardinal Battaglia which even the boys only learn about when it kills John. It's retrieving the pharaonic scepter of Sobek, according to legend commanding the sea-level. The Kubiaks' ruthless rival in this relic hunt is against real estate super-tycoon Nicholas Filiminov, who also recruited Jack's ex, Giovanna Becker, by promising to finance her geological sea control research. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Doomsday

    Doomsday (2008)
    Film (Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Art department A lethal virus spreads throughout Scotland, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three decades later, the Reaper virus violently resurfaces in London. An elite group of specialists, including Eden Sinclair, is urgently dispatched into Scotland to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare. Written by Nicolettea

  • Ask the Dust

    Ask the Dust (2006)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Art department L.A. in the early 1930's: racism, poverty, and disease color the Bunker Hill neighborhood where Arturo Bandini, a lover of men and beasts alike, has arrived from Colorado to write the great Los Angeles novel. After six months and down to his last nickel, he orders a cup of coffee, served by Camilla Lopez, beautiful, self-possessed, and Mexican. Arturo gets advice, encouragement, and an occasional check from H.L. Mencken, so he keeps writing and he keeps seeing Camilla. But, he's mean to her for no apparent reason, so the relationship sputters. A housekeeper from back East suggests a way out of his jealously and fears. "Camilla Bandini": is it in the cards? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • Supernova

    Supernova (2005)
    TV Movie (Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Art department A scientific possibility becomes a terrifying reality when the most powerful force in the universe threatens to hurtle home. An astrophysicist Christopher Richardson who discovers that the sun is about to explode, and take the Earth with it, unless he can find a way to prevent it. Tia Carrere, Peter Fonda, Emma Samms, and Lance Henriksen round out the game cast. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

  • Charlie Jade

    Charlie Jade (2005)
    Television (Drama, Fantasy, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Art department Charlie Jade is a rogue private detective in a world dominated by greedy multinational corporations. While on an investigation, Charlie explores a secret desert facility. A massive explosion propels him from his own universe (alphaverse) to a strange parallel universe (betaverse). Soon, Charlie is drawn into a conflict that involves these two universes and one other pacifist universe (gammaverse) with unsuspected terror at its heart. Written by Anonymous

  • The Story of an African Farm

    The Story of an African Farm (2004)
    Film (Drama and Family) Art department The 1870's. South Africa. Life is normal at the farm on the slopes of a Karoo Kopje. Fat Tant Sannie (Karin van der Laag) looks after her charges... See full synopsis »

  • Flight of the Phoenix

    Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Drama and Thriller) Art department A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible... building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one. Written by austin4577@aol.com

  • Zenon: Z3

    Zenon: Z3 (2004)
    TV Movie (Adventure, Comedy, Family and Sci-Fi) Art department In the third installment of the hit Zenon trilogy, it's 2054 and Zenon Kar is 17 and competing to win the Galactic Teen Supreme contest and celebrate at the Moonstock Festival. Zenon wants to beat handsome competitor Bronley Hale. She also reunites with Moon preservation activist Sage Borealis. Sage is desperate to keep the Moon from being colonized and exploited and wants Zenon's help. Meanwhile Commander Edward Plank and Aunt Judy Cling's new foster daughter, Dasha, is star struck by Zenon and finds it difficult to stay out of trouble. During the last competition for the Galactic Teen Supreme contest, the moon goddess Selene appears and threatens to destroy the Earth. It's up to Zenon to save everyone from this angry deity. In the end, Zenon, Sage, Dasha and her friends Margie, Cassie, and Bronley team up to save the day. They evacuate everyone in Protozoa's tour bus and try to remove the Moon Dome, with each taking a hover pod. Unfortunately, the dome is too heavy, until Commander ... Written by Anonymous

  • Home Alone 4

    Home Alone 4 (2002)
    TV Movie (Comedy, Crime and Family) Art department Kevin McCallister's parents have split up. Now living with his mom, he decides to spend Christmas with his dad at the mansion of his father's rich girlfriend, Natalie. Meanwhile robber Marv Merchants, one of the villains from the first two movies, partners up with a new criminal named Vera to hit Natalie's mansion. Written by Anonymous

Education

  • Cape peninsula university and of Technology
    (1996-2000)

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