Arthur Max is an American production designer. He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice: once for his work on Gladiator and another for his Production Design on American Gangster. In addition to his Oscar nominations, Max won several other honors for his production design on the film, including the BAFTA, the National Board of Review prize and the Broadcast Film Critics honor. He also collected the â€˜Excellence in Production Designâ€™ Award from the Art Directors Guild, the first of six nominations he received. Max has recently completed "The Counselor". The film marks Maxâ€™s ninth project for filmmaker Scott, a list of achievements which includes,â€ Kingdom of Heaven", "Robin Hood" and the aforementioned â€œBlack Hawk Down" and ""Body of Lies".â€ He designed Fincherâ€™s 1994 thriller, "Seven". Max is currently working on the forthcoming Ridley Scott biblical epic "Exodus".
The native New Yorker began his career as a stage lighting designer in the music industry following graduation from New York University in the late 1960s. Those assignments included work at Bill Grahamâ€™s famous music venue The Fillmore East in New York's East Village, and the historic Woodstock Festival of 1969 where he operated a spotlight for Chip Monck, a rock lighting and stage design company during the Woodstock festival in 1969. During the following decade, he designed concert lighting and festival stages for many rock and jazz artists. He was Pink Floyd's lighting designer during the bands' tours in the US and around the world in the early 70's. After studying architecture in England, Max went on to do several architectural design projects in London including an award winning lighting design for the stage of St John's Concert Hall, a former 18th Century church in the centre of Smith Square, Westminster, London.