Oscar-nominated production designer Joe Alves, best known for his work on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and the three “Jaws” films, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild, it was announced Thursday.
“The breadth and depth of Joe Alves’ contribution to the art of visual storytelling can hardly be overstated, he has been involved with helping to create many of the most iconic feature films and television shows of the last 65 years. It is difficult to imagine a more deserving recipient of this honor,” said Mark Worthington, Art Directors Council chair.
The award will be presented to Alves at the 24th annual ADG “Excellence in Production Design” Awards on Feb. 1 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel.
In his 64-year career, Alves has worked as a production designer, art director, producer and director. His motion picture career began as a young visual-effects Disney animator assigned to the 1956 MGM classic, “Forbidden Planet.”
Alves has designed three features for Steven Spielberg, including “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination. He made his directing debut with “Jaws 3-D”.
Alves created a memorably derelict Gotham City for John Carpenter’s science-fiction adventure “Escape from New York” and served as visual consultant on Carpenter’s “Starman.”
Earlier in his career, he worked on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Torn Curtain,” Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery,” “Free Jack” and “Geronimo.”
The Art Directors Guild, established in 1937, represents 2,700 members who work throughout the world in film, television and theater as production designers and art directors; scenic, title and graphic artists; set designers and model makers; and illustrators and matte artists.