Denis Villeneuve

How light artist James Turrell and an oval exoplanet inspired 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated production design

How light artist James Turrell and an oval exoplanet inspired 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated production design

It all started with a James Turrell art exhibit. The artist’s geometric light projections and sensory deprivation installations served as inspiration for director Denis Villeneuve and production designer Patrice Vermette, even before receiving the script for 2016’s “Arrival.”    

Villeneuve’s cerebral film about alien invaders earned eight Oscar nominations including best picture, director and...

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