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      Lawrence G. Paull

      Lawrence G. Paull

      Highest Rated: 94% Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Man of the House (1995)

      Birthday: Apr 13, 1938

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Lawrence G. Paull was one of the most prolific and celebrated production designers in film. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1938 and enrolled at the University of Arizona with the intention of studying architecture. However, after viewing the film "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) Paull became inspired to change his course of study and pursue film instead. He began his professional career in 1970 as the art director for the motorcycle movie "Little Fauss and Big Halsy" (1970). Paull's career took off almost immediately as he moved on to work as a production designer on movies like the Western "The Hired Hand" (1971) and the comedy "The Naked Ape" (1973). As Paull's experience and reputation grew, he graduated to more prominent projects like the radio-themed comedy "FM" (1978). Then in 1982, Paull production designed Ridley Scott's landmark science fiction noir "Blade Runner" (1982). The aesthetic distinctiveness Paull achieved on the film proved to be career-making, and his name grew in popularity as the movie moved from underground favorite to art house hit. His next major project was the blockbuster hit "Romancing the Stone" (1984), a film that included numerous exotic themes and locales, followed by the mega-hit "Back to the Future" (1985), which required many distinctive elements including extensive 1950s period design. Paull proved extremely adept with historical design elements, production designing Eddie Murphy's directorial debut, the 1930s-set gangster comedy "Harlem Nights" (1989). He went on to do production design on several popular films over the coming years including the comedy "City Slickers" (1991), the remake of the classic film "Born Yesterday" (1993), and the sequel "Escape from L.A." (1996). Paull's final feature film was the thriller "Light it Up" (1999). He became a professor at Chapman University, where he created and taught the school's production design MFA curriculum, which is still taught there today. Paull passed away in 2019. He was 81 years old.



      39% 75% Light It Up Production Design $5.9M 1999
      53% 39% John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. Production Design $25.5M 1996
      14% 33% Man of the House Production Design - 1995
      56% 53% Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Production Design $48.1M 1994
      25% 27% Born Yesterday Production Design $17.8M 1993
      74% 49% Unlawful Entry Production Design $55.9M 1992
      89% 64% City Slickers Production Design $119.8M 1991
      No Score Yet 27% The Last of the Finest Production Design $991.3K 1990
      31% 34% Cocoon: The Return Production Design $18.5M 1988
      94% 90% Blade Runner: The Final Cut Production Design - 1982
      89% 91% Blade Runner Production Design $3.9M 1982
      No Score Yet 69% Friendly Fire Art Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror on the 40th Floor Art Director - 1974
      No Score Yet 45% Murder Once Removed Art Director - 1971
      81% 75% The Hired Hand Production Design,
      Art Director
      - 1971
      No Score Yet 20% She Waits Art Director - 1971