Ben Smith

Production designer

With four feature film credits as Production Designer to his name, not to mention the immensely popular Netflix series ‘The Last Kingdom’ and commercials for brands including Gucci, L’Oréal, Toyota and MG, Ben’s experience in the art department can truly be said to be rounded. Well liked and well regarded by all who have worked with him, he’s now looking to expand his reach further by designing more features as well as episodic television.

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Selected credits

dateproductiondirector / producer / production company
as production designer:
television:
2018THE LAST KINGDOMvarious directors / Chrissy Skins / Carnival Film & Television
feature films:
2018PROFILETimur Bekmambetov / Rick Sobalvarro / Sapphire Films
2016DUSTY AND MEBetsan Morris Evans / Barry Filby, Alan Latham / GSP Studios
2016WAITING FOR YOUCharles Garrad / Simon Bosanquet, Chris Curling / Zephyr Films
2014HAMMER OF THE GODSFarren Blackburn / Rupert Preston, Huberta Von Liel / Vertigo Films
as supervising art director:
feature films:
2013BELLEAmma Asante / Damian Jones, Albert Sharpe / DJ Films
2010MADE IN DAGENHAMNigel Cole / Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley / Audley Films
as art director
feature films:
2012QUARTETDustin Hoffman / Finola Dwyer, Stewart Mackinnon / Headline Pictures
2009AN EDUCATIONLone Scherfig / Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey / BBC Films
2008MY TALKS WITH DEAN SPANLEYToa Fraser / Alan Harris, Matthew Metcalfe / Atlantic Film Productions
2006THE QUEENStephen Frears / Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward / PathŽ Pictures International
2005THESE FOOLISH THINGSJulia Taylor-Stanley / Paul Sarony / Micro Fusion 2004-4
television:
2012THE HOLLOW CROWNThea Sharrock, Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre / Rupert Ryle-Hodges / Neal Street Productions
2011VERAPaul Whittington, Farren Blackburn, Peter Hoar / Elaine Collins / ITV
2010SPIRIT WARRIORSJon East, Matt King / Nick Pitt / BBC
2006ROCKET MANJames Strong, Jane Prowse, Jon East / Philip Leach / BBC
2004WHOSE BABY?Rebecca Frayn / Simon Passmore / Granada Television
2004KEEN EDDIELeslie Libman, Paul Shapiro, Bryan Spicer, Tony Bill, Michael Engler / Andi Bushell, Mark Cooper, Jib Polhemus / Frequency Films

References

Ben designed the third season of our Netflix show The Last Kingdom, which was one of the most ambitious to date and probably the best received. In no small part was this due to Ben’s excellent designs, his creative and pragmatic thinking and efficient and skillful approach to the whole process. He did a great job of adopting existing sets, redeveloping existing stock to new sets and creating a great deal from scratch. As always with TLK, much was achieved on a competitive budget compared to equivalent shows in the genre. I was always particularly impressed with Ben’s eye for detail and his meticulous approach to set decoration and props, something that is very easy to forget with the sheer scale of construction and heavy lifting on a show like this.

Gareth Neame, Executive Producer [and CEO of Carnival Films]

‘Ben brings energy, passion and highly original creative thinking to every project he tackles. His focus is story and character and as a result the worlds he creates are rich with authenticity.’

Farren Blackburn. Director – Shut In, Hammer Of The Gods, Daredevil, Luther, The Fades

‘As a Director I have worked with Ben on numerous commercials and my recent feature film Dusty and Me. He is without doubt one of the most creative and imaginative Designers I have worked with. Whatever the budget he always delivers more than I expect. I cannot praise him enough.’

Betsan Morris Evans. Director