Make. Believe.

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;” and also as a Concept Illustrator on “Men in Black,” “Primary Colors,” “Minority Report,” “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,” and “Zodiac.”

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 collaborated with James Mangold to design 2017’s “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 v. 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 most recently designed the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe for director Jason Reitman. In “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film will be released this fall.

François has also created conceptual designs for such iconic film franchises as “Avatar,” and “Jurassic World.” He has worked as a Visual Consultant for Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamscape Immersive’s first in-house VR title “Alien Zoo,” and has designed music videos for Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, and Harry Styles.

In 2021, the video for Harry Styles’ “Falling” was the first music video ever to win an ADG Award.

Credits (IMDb)