David J. Bomba

Class Year
1984
Award Year
2010
Degree
BED
Profession
Production Designer
Biography
David Bomba '’84 (BED) has become a sought after production designer in the film industry with a resumé that includes a long-string of critical and commercial successes. His work on the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” snared an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design. In his role on “Walk the Line” and other motion pictures, Bomba is a key member of the movie making team, responsible for the film’s overall look. He works directly with the film’s director and producer, selecting the settings and style to visually tell the story. Bomba created 90 different sets for the film, including residences and venues across the nation where Cash toured with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings and June Carter. In one of his most unusual transformations, he recreated the legendary but now defunct Mint Hotel in Las Vegas from a 15 year-old casino in Mississippi. More of Bomba’s work can be seen in the upcoming films "Country Strong,"” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, and “The Company Men” starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones. His work on the 1998 HBO film “Gia,” starring Angelina Jolie, was nominated for an award for excellence in Production Design from the Art Directors Guild. His other design credits include “The Wendell Baker Story;” “Secondhand Lions;” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood;” “My Dog Skip” and “Safe.” Bomba’s art direction credits include “Apollo 13,” “Twilight,” “Serial Mom,” “Silent Fall,” “A Civil Action” and “Chain Reaction.” “Apollo 13,” which told the tale of the troubled 1970 moon-bound mission, and the engineers that rescued it with skill and dedication, received an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction; the film captured the honor from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Bomba learned about the valuable role of design in film from his friend and mentor, George Jenkins, who received an Oscar for Best Art Direction in the 1976 film “All the President’s Men.”
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