Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, John Collins has a professional background in architecture, theater, painting, sculpture, and construction.
He graduated from the Ball State University School of Architecture (Academic Honors in writing and “Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis” in Architecture) which included a year spent at the Volgograd Academy of Architecture in Volgograd, Russia. He then moved to San Diego to design for the theater and live theme park shows. John continued his academic coursework with a Masters in Fine Arts from The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) while simultaneously taking graduate classes at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He was awarded a special commendation for “Ingenuity and Lateral Thinking” from the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space during his graduate studies. After completing his Master’s degree he found himself designing numerous short films in Los Angeles and then quickly was discovered and brought in to the world of feature film art departments.
John's hands-on approach, incredible work ethic and unique vision have kept him in high demand since entering the film industry. His ability to deal with ridiculous last-minute requests and ill-conceived half-baked suggestions with a smile has served him well on more than 30 feature films.
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.