Interiors: Donald Graham Burt, Mank

Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian
January 13, 2021
Interiors

David Fincher’s Mank (2020) depicts 3 incredibly unique locations in California with a multitude of interior and exterior architectural spaces. The visual presentation of the film, combined with the Art Direction and Set Decoration, creates a masterful, multifaceted level of Production Design that is rarely seen in cinema. It is a film that warrants multiple viewings and its attention to architectural details should be commended.

In an exclusive interview with Interiors, we spoke with Donald Graham Burt, who is the Production Designer for Mank.

INT: You’re a longtime collaborator of David Fincher‘s but what was it about Mank specifically that interested you in taking on the project?

DGB: First and foremost it was an opportunity to work on a project that was a period Los Angeles project – and even more specifically a period project about the film industry.  To be able to delve into the history of the studios and the roots of the industry in its early years in Los Angeles – when portions of the city were still undeveloped – was an experience to cherish.  David’s projects are always of high caliber and there is a professional level at which he works that is rewarding to be a contributor to.  

Read the full interview

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