Biography

ANDREW DESKIN / PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Originally from Montreal, Andrew Deskin has resided in and around Vancouver since 1997. Following the dictates of Horace Greeley, he made his way west (as a young man) gradually, living and working in both Toronto and Winnipeg along the way.

During high school, Andy skipped classes at least once a week to go to the movies and, to this day, likes nothing better than watching and making them. After graduating from Montreal’s Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema, Andy began his film career as a props man on David Cronenberg’s Rabid.

In 1980, having served as Property Master on 12 feature films, he founded Sundance Film Services and began designing movies under that moniker. Some of his Production Design credits include the Emmy-award winning film A Storm in Summer, directed by Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music); The Stick Up, directed by Rowdy Herrington (Striking Distance, Roadhouse); and Stephen King’s Riding the Bullet, directed by Mick Garris (The Stand, The Shining, Masters of Horror).

Between 1995 and the present, he has designed a number of movies and such television series as Cold Squad which ran for eight years, True Justice, The Troop. Blood Ties, My Life as a Dog, True Justice and Young Blades, an action comedy set in France in 1657. In 1996, he served as Art Director on the Gemini-award winning miniseries The Arrow.

He won a Gemini© award for Production Design on Lost in the Barrens (MOW, 1990), as well as Blizzard awards for For the Moment (Feature, 1992), starring Russell Crowe, and For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down (MOW, 1996). He was nominated for a LEO award for When a Man Falls in the Forest (Feature, 2006) starring Sharon Stone.

Andy has come out from behind the scenes to teach a course in Production Design at the Art Institute of Vancouver as well as appearing as a guest speaker for numerous film school courses. He also served on the board of directors of the Academy of Canadian Film and Television from 2001-2003.

If you’re impressed by name-dropping (and even if you’re not), Andy has had the pleasure of working with such luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Milton Berle, Steven Seagal, James Garner, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey, James Spader, Heather Graham, Sally Field, Joan Plowright, Mischa Barton, Dan Ackroyd, Michael Moriarty, Lance Hendriksen, Peter Weller, Robert Patrick, Lolita Davidovitch, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston and Margot Kidder. Some were more pleasurable than others.

Andy is in his fourth decade of motorcycle riding and currently owns a yellow 2004 BMW R1200GS.

Andy lives in Burnaby, B.C. His wife, Cindy, manages four stores for the Vancouver Children’s Hospital and is an actress working in television commercials and series. Cindy recently got her Certificate in Interior Decorating. Their son, Mattais and his wife Fermisk made them grandparents in February 2011 and again in June 2012.  Cindy and Andy’s dog Buddha, a beautiful, crazy Weimaraner, stays at home and barks at the neighbors.

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