The Last of Us: Building the Expansive World


Wed Jun 14 2023 at 07:00 pm


Vancouver International Film Festival | Vancouver, BC

HBO’s The Last of Us is one of the most-watched television shows in history. John Paino, the production designer behind this record-beating fan-favourite spectacularly brought to life a beloved post-apocalyptic world from one of the best video games ever.
Join us at the VIFF Centre to hear about Paino’s creative process, how his relationship with the video game guided his work, and the creation of different sets across episodes to provide the characters with the most realistic world possible.
John Paino is a critically acclaimed production designer who has strengthened an array of projects through his impressive story worlds. John has built worlds in film, television, and on stage, working in genres including comedy, drama, mystery, and fantasy. He most recently worked on HBO’s latest hit series, The Last of Us, based on the fan-favorite game.
John was recognized with three Emmy nominations for his outstanding work on The Morning Show, Big Little Lies, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and three ADG Awards nominations for Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies. Over the years, John has worked with many prominent directors like Michael Cuesta on Traverse City Film Festival winner K*ll The Messenger, Daniel Algrant on the 2012 Toronto Film Festival selection Greetings From Tim Buckley, and Jean-Marc Vallée on Oscar-winning and nominated movies The Dallas Buyers Club and Wild. Early in his career, he also established close working relationships with Tom McCarthy on The Station Agent, which resulted in their collaboration on The Visitor and Win Win, as well as with JC Chandor, with whom he worked on star-studded Margin Call.
As a graduate of The School Of Visual Arts, he began his career in the theater, working with the groundbreaking theater companies La Mama and Theater For The New City.
Emmy-nominated director Zach Lipovsky started his career on Spielberg’s filmmaking competing “On the lot” where he placed 5th out of 12,000 directors worldwide.
Zach has gone on to direct and produce projects for TV and film for Syfy, TNT, Lionsgate, Legendary, Universal, and Disney where he was the producing director for the award winning series MECH-X4, and the live action feature adaptation of the hit series Kim Possible.
His first theatrical indie feature Freaks was the biggest Canadian sale at TIFF’18, won the best emerging BC filmmaker award at VIFF and appeared in the Netflix top 10 for 2 weeks around the world.
Zach also sits on national executive board of the DGC as the National Director Division Chair, where he fights to increase opportunities for directors across the country. He is also the founder and lead designer and Shot Lister, the industry standard in Shot Listing used by over 50K filmmakers worldwide.
He is directing the reboot of Final Destination for Warner Brothers, and will be filming the sequel to Freaks next year.

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