Arthur Max is an American movie art director and Production Designer.
After studying architecture in England, Max went on to do several architectural design projects in London.
He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice: once for his work on Gladiator (2000) and another for his Production Design on American Gangster (2007). In addition to his Oscar nominations, Max won several other honors for his production design on the film, including the BAFTA, the National Board of Review prize and the Broadcast Film Critics honor.
He also collected the ‘Excellence in Production Design’ Award from the Art Directors Guild, the first of four nominations he received.
Max has recently completed Prometheus. The film marks Max’s eighth project for filmmaker Scott, a list of achievements which includes,” Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood and the aforementioned “Black Hawk Down" and "Body of Lies.”
He designed Fincher’s 1994 thriller, Seven. The native New Yorker began his career as a stage lighting designer in the music industry following graduation from New York University in the late 1960s.
He entered the British film industry as an assistant to several English production designers. First for Stuart Craig on Hugh Hudson’s “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes” and “Cal” (both 1984), then for Ashetton Gorton on Hudson’s “Revolution” the following year.
He commenced his own production design career in TV commercials over a period of ten years from 1985 to 1995 (for such clients as Pepsi, Nike, Jeep, Coke and Levi’s), which led to his ongoing associations with directors Scott and Fincher.