William Sandell was born on 9 August 1950 and grew up in Los Angeles. He first entered films as a set dresser and assistant art director with exploitation films like ‘Invasion of the Bee Girls’ and ‘Zombie Prom’, receiving his first credit as a production designer with ‘The Promise’ in 1979. Since then he has worked with the likes of Wolfgang Petersen on ‘Airforce One’ and ‘The Perfect Storm’ and created the town of Bedrock for ‘The Flintstones’ – an under-rated contribution – and gained a BAFTA and an Oscar nod for his detailed recreation of life on board a nineteenth century ship in ‘Master and Commander – the Far Side of the World’ as well as providing a brace of futuristic worlds for Paul Verhoeven in ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Robo-Cop’. Away from the film set he is an avid collector of comic books with a collection in excess of eight thousand.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: don @ minifie-1
City of Residence: Los Angeles
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best films, and one of the best action films of the 1990?s. Under Paul Verhoeven’s frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, action, and humor that never, for a minute, slows down. The documentary Imagining Total Recall, goes behind-the-scenes with interviews of the film’s stars, director, writers and special effects team. Production designer William Sandell talks about the brutal conditions experienced while shooting in Mexico...
(2014) - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0761367/news
William Sandell continues his discussion with MakingOf and in his latest segment opens up about the fragility of his position and advises aspiring production designers on how to cope with industry politics. Sandell notes that on-set his allegiance is always with the director and stresses the importance of being honest. Click here to learn more from William Sandell, an industry veteran whose work can be seen in films that include “Robocop,” “Air Force One,” “The Perfect Storm,” and “Poseidon.”
(2009) - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0761367/news?year=2009