Clay A. Griffith began his career in commercial photography in New York City. His first introduction to the Art Department was on Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild. There was no turning back. Working his way up through the Art Department, he became a Set Decorator and worked on some iconic films such as Dirty Dancing, Mystic Pizza, Singles, Grumpy Old Men, Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets, Sleepless in Seattle and David Fincher’s Se7en. Of all the relationships Griffith forged during that time, it was with Director Cameron Crowe that a life long collaboration and friendship began.

Their first partnership as Director/Production Designer turned out to be Crowe’s most influential film to date, Almost Famous. The film went on to receive four Oscar nominations (including Crowe’s win for Best Original Screenplay), and landed Griffith an Art Directors Guild nomination for Best Production Design.

Clay’s career as a Production Designer progressed as he went on to Design films including Radio, Sweet Home Alabama, Prozac Nation, Domestic Disturbance, Lucky You and The Trials of Cate McCall.

While keeping busy, Griffith never missed a beat with Crowe, and the two have worked together on all Cameron’s projects; Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, Aloha, and the Showtime series Roadies.

More recently, Griffith designed Ed Zwick’s action blockbuster Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and the Brad Furman helmed LAbyrinth starring Johnny Depp. Currently, Griffith has re-teamed with Ed Zwick and is designing the period film, Trial By Fire, a controversial true story about the wrongful conviction, and subsequent execution, of Cameron Todd Willingham.

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