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Held my first lecture ever. Basically a three hour rant about myself. Think the audience appreciated it anyway.


Managed to end up on this list of the Best Production Design of the Decade.

Got nominated for Best Production Design at the San Fransisco Film Critics awards. Beaten by Barbara Ling.

  • “1917,” Dennis Gassner
  • “The Irishman,” Bob Shaw and Regina Graves 
  • “Midsommar,” Henrik Svenson
  • “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling
  • “Parasite,” Lee Ha-Jun

’’Take special note of Henrik Svensson’s production design which does as much as the script, perhaps more, to pin us to our seats.’’ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

’’Everything here has been crafted with meticulous precision to fit his narrative, made all the more effective by the sublime cinematography of Pawel Pogorzelski and the immaculate production design of Henrik Svensson, both of which deserve attention come awards season.’’ The Jam Report

’’The art direction is exceptionally good – the input of designer Henrik Svensson was, by all accounts, key to every stage of the film’s development.’’ Roger Clarke, BFI

’’Henrik Svensson, the production designer, constructs a layered world, destined for cinematic analysis. Like “Hereditary,” there are a lot of visual aspects that will go unnoticed. Svensson, a Swedish artist, brings an abundance of detail to this village. On repeat viewings, his meticulous methods will reward viewers who seek further answers/details’’ The Parthenon

’’The production design in Midsommar is an overwhelming masterpiece that captures the essence of pagan cults and adapts it to Aster’s story.’’ Alfalfa Studio

’’MIDSOMMAR is one of those rare films that is so physically beautiful and so consistent in its folklore that these elements elevate it throughout. Production designer Henrik Svensson deserves Oscar consideration’’ AssignmentX

’’Their Edenic land has a sparse infrastructure, but each building they do occupy is a gorgeously designed piece of architectural or artistic brilliance (major kudos to production designer Henrik Svensson for what seems like a set worthy of The Shire tourist treatment) that sets the stage for every scene magnificently, regardless of whether it sits in the background or houses a conversation.’’ ’’Things that are great about MIDSOMMAR: 1. Florence Pugh. 2. Henrik Svensson’s next-level production design. 3. Pawel Pogorzelski’s slow, steady camera that lulls you into a state of calm. 4. Ari Aster meditating intensely about trauma and loss in the most fucked up ways.’’ Film School Rejects

’’Henrik Svensson’s production design is especially praiseworthy’’ Chicago Reader

’’Production designer Henrik Svensson creates a stunning location, where each building has its own distinct characteristics, some straight out of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and some so ordinary as to seem forgettably safe.’’

’’To give “Midsommar” its due, the film is visually remarkable. Henrik Svensson’s production design—with its surrealistically shape buildings set against the green fields and towering rocky cliffs’’

’’With his estimable crew — the cinematographer is Pawel Pogorzelski, the production designer is Henrik Svensson — Aster creates a sun-blasted, open-plan settlement that conveys airiness, back-to-the-land self-reliance and other assorted healthy things. ’’. New York Times

’’Aster’s equally dedicated to investing us in the world of Midsommar’s Hälsingland, capturing the breathtaking detail of Henrik Svensson and Andrea Flesch’s impressive art direction and costume design.’’ Cinapse

’’Director Ari Aster and his outstanding production team (particularly cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski, editor Lucian Johnston, and designer Henrik Svensson) drop plenty of hints that all’s not well. ’’ Frame Rated

’’Cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski and production designer Henrik Svensson combine forces to render a geometrically seductive arrangement of striking, elegantly simple buildings integrated with natural features including woods, meadows, and an ominous rock formation that features in what might be the film’s most shocking and stunning sequence.’’ High Plains Reader

’’For the malevolent melodrama’s ghoulish intensity and ludicrous effectiveness, director/screenwriter Ari Aster (“Hereditary”), who calls it “an apocalyptic breakup film,” owes a great deal to cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski and production designer Henrik Svensson.’’ Westport News

’’It was incredibly immersive. That field in which the village was built was just stunning. I mean, really, what’s amazing is that never at any point were there are signs of the film world spoiling the image of that village. That village was largely untouched unless we were inside and shooting. Nothing that felt like a set, if that makes sense. There was nothing propping it up. There were no unpainted walls, or wires hanging out the back of those buildings, nothing like that. It was an entirely believable world created by Henrik Svensson, who’s the head art director on this, who I think just did an unbelievable job.’’ Will Poulter in Den of Geek

’’Aster, production designer Henrik Svensson, and cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski have meticulously crafted a world that feels ripped out of time and that manages to look exactly like paradise but feel like an extension of hell.’’ Joblo

’’Production designer Henrik Svensson brings a camp to life that is so breath-taking you’ll want to spend time in it despite what we witness while there. The architecture of each building stands out with it’s own personality which I really appreciated. The paintings, tapestries, and symbols all over the walls are bone chilling. ’’

’’Viewing Aster’s films is a bit like walking into an art installation — quite literally, as he populates his frame with stunning compositions and art-focused mise en scene, as with the beautifully designed wooden structures of the compound, or the exquisite murals and art displayed on the building’s walls (a huge shout-out to his production designer, Henrik Svensson, and the art directing crew)’’ Arkansas Online

’’purposefully precise framing of every single shot that accentuates the amazing production design by Henrik Svensson’’ Last Day Deaf

’’Aster and his production designer, Henrik Svensson, approach this fictional cult with astonishing detail and obsessiveness. The extraordinary visual scheme that Svensson brings isn’t big on explanations but as you study the exquisite runes and paintings, some of them set to Bobby Krlic’s euphorically dissonant score, you will be swept into a world that seemingly exists outside time.’’ Griff’s Picks