François Audouy was born in Toulouse, France and raised in a small town north of Los Angeles, where his passion for movies grew from habitual visits to the Towne Theater that showed one film a week on its single screen.

Over a 25-year career, François has contributed to the designs of dozens of films, as an Art Director on such diverse films such as "Watchmen," "Transformers," "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory," "The Terminal," and "Spider-Man 1 & 2,” and also as a Concept Illustrator on "Men in Black" "Primary Colors," "Minority Report," "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," “Zodiac,” and others.

As Production Designer, François designed the films "Dracula Untold" directed by Gary Shore, "The Wolverine" directed by James Mangold and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

He also collaberated with James Mangold to design 2017's blockbuster "Logan," which has been called "one of the best superhero films of all time," and which also earned him the ADG award for Best Production Design in the Contemporary Film category.

François re-teamed with James Mangold to design “Ford vs. Ferrari," based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles, who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

He is currently designing a new installment of the “Ghostbusters” franchise for director Jason Reitman.

Between Production Design projects, he also creates conceptual illustrations during the development phases of specialty film projects, such as "Avatar," and "Jurassic World." More recently he has worked as a Visual Consultant for Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamscape Immersive's first in-house VR title "Alien Zoo"

François lives with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles, California.

 
François’ enthusiasm was incredible and he was willing to take risks. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” was not a big budget movie, but it was a huge undertaking. I studied to be a Production Designer so I understand what was involved. The project was risky, challenging, but he never made a mistake. He is really brave, and that helped us enormously. What he did was truly unbelievable.
— Timur Bekmambetov
Photo by  Jasin Boland .

Photo by Jasin Boland.