Mel Gibson leads tributes to Oscar-nominated production designer

16th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Mel Gibson has paid tribute to his Apocalypto production designer Thomas E. Sanders after learning of his death.

89th Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2017

The Oscar-nominated art director lost his battle with cancer on 6 July (17), aged 63.

The former furniture designer, who also worked with directors like Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, was twice nominated for Oscars - for his work on Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Remembering his late pal, Gibson tells Deadline, "The film world has lost an extraordinary artist. He was my friend, my collaborator and I will miss him."

Sanders also worked twice for filmmaker Randall Wallace - on We Were Soldiers, which starred Gibson, and Secretariat.

"Tom was an absolute joy to work with and inspired such confidence in those around him," the filmmaker says. "He was organic and instinctive and natural. And, in a business where we like to control things, his casual confidence, his honesty about his process could scare you but he always came through with something that was alive and real."

Sanders' credits also include Hook, Star Trek Beyond, Rumor Has It..., Mission: Impossible II, and Crimson Peak, Guillermo Del Toro's gothic horror movie, which earned him the 2016 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award.

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