DANIEL BIRT | SET DECORATOR
Daniel Birt is an esteemed set decorator with international recognition in the film and television industry. His expertise has graced numerous prestigious projects over his 25 years of experience. Invited to the production design branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2019, Daniel's journey as a set decorator started with the beloved family film "YOGI BEAR," where his set decoration brought the whimsical and colourful world of Jellystone Park to life in a live-action setting.
Throughout his career, Daniel has brought different historical eras and fantastical realms to life with his set decoration. From the post-war WWII era of "EMPEROR", to the ancient world of the Qing Dynasty in "CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON 2: SWORD OF DESTINY", and the gritty backdrop of Johannesburg on the cult Sci-fi film "CHAPPIE", his creativity has transcended various genres.
Daniel's artistic prowess has not gone unnoticed, as he received a nomination from the British Film Designers Guild award for Best Production Design for his work on the action film "6 DAYS." His dedication to his craft also earned him critical acclaim for his meticulous attention to period detail in the adaptation of the best-selling novel "THE LUMINARIES," leading to a New Zealand Television Award for Best Production Design.
In films like Universal Pictures’ action blockbuster "THE MUMMY," and Netflix’s adrenaline-fueled action film "KATE”, Daniel's exceptional set decoration transported audiences to captivating and immersive worlds, playing a crucial role in the storytelling. His talent further shines in the dream world of the Netflix fantasy film "SLUMBERLAND" and Netflix’s soon to be released action-packed heist film "LIFT."
Recently, Daniel received well-deserved recognition for his outstanding contributions to the captivating Amazon film "DON’T MAKE ME GO", earning a nomination from the British Film Designers Guild Awards for Best Production Design, Independent Feature Film.
During Daniel’s professional carer he has worked in more than 15 countries across the world. Through his international experiences, he has gained valuable insights into diverse cultures and work environments, making him a well-seasoned, adaptable individual. His passion for exploration and cross-cultural engagement has undoubtedly shaped his approach to both life and work.
Daniel is a professional member of various prestigious organizations, including The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles, the British Film Designers Guild, and the Australian Production Design Guild (APDG).
Managed by Dawn Sohigian Productions, Daniel Birt continues to make a mark on the world of Set Decoration, enhancing visual storytelling and captivating audiences with his remarkable talent. The upcoming Apple TV series "CHIEF OF WAR" promises to showcase his expertise once more, adding historical authenticity to the settings and events of Hawaii in the 1790s.