Born and raised in Michigan, John Collins has a professional background in architecture and construction. After moving to San Diego to design for the theater and live theme park shows, John quickly knew designing for film was his goal. John moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts from The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) while simultaneously taking graduate classes at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Shortly after graduating he found himself designing numerous short films and then quickly was discovered and brought in to the world of feature film art departments.
John worked his way up to Art Director on some classic Adam Sandler comedies like Click, Just Go With It and Grown Ups. He did back to back projects with the Happy Madison family until he was offered a job as the supervising art director on The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games:Catching Fire.
John left the Hunger Games franchise to pursue his own design work on "How To Make Love Like An Englishman" directed by Tom Vaughan and starring Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Alba, Malcolm McDowell and Salma Hayek and moved right into designing "Cell" directed by Kip Williams and starring Samuel Jackson and John Cusack. Since then he has designed "Please Stand By" starring Dakota Fanning, Toni Colette and Alice Eve.
Recently Mr. Collins has completed work as the supervising art director on Universal's sci-fi/thriller "Spectral" in Budapest Hungary and the Gavin O'Connor directed action film "The Accountant" starring Ben Affleck as well as art directing the Sony Sci-Fi feature "Passengers" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
John's hands-on approach, incredible work ethic and unique vision have kept him in high demand since entering the film industry.
Mr. Collins has worked in Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Massachusetts, the Caribbean, Hungary, Slovakia and California.
John is also an All-American open water swimmer, capable of swimming vast expanses of cold ocean while battling sharks with his bare hands.