Rick Butler
Adjunct Lecturer,
Production Design


Rick Butler is currently the Production Designer for the CBS/Warner Bros. TV series Person of Interest. He has also designed the pilot and three seasons of the HBO cult series Bored to Death, which filmed in Brooklyn. He is the designer of such NY “indie” films as A Case of You with Justin Long, Pieces of April (UA), starring Katie Holmes, Chelsea Walls (IFC Films), directed by Ethan Hawke, and Imaginary Heroes (Sony Classics), starring Sigourney Weaver. Other indies include Rocket Science for HBO Pictures, and The Hottest State, his second for Mr. Hawke, plusGigantic, with Paul Dano and Zoe Deschanel, and Peeples from Lionsgate/Tyler Perry Studios.

Rick began working as an Art Director for television with the pilot episode and first season of Law & Order, returning years later to design the original season of the sequel: Law & Order: Criminal Intent. His designs for The Black Donnellys aired on NBC, for Paul Haggis, academy award director of Crash, and he subsequently designed The Unusuals for ABC.

As Art Director or Asstistant Art Director for more than 30 films, he has worked for some of the legendary designers of the Industry, such as Dante Ferretti, Roy Walker, Stuart Wurtzel, and Kristi Zea. Two of those films, The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Age of Innocence, were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Art Direction. Originally a lighting designer for theater and film, he studied at Boston University and the Yale School of Drama, and history of Art at Columbia University.