Production Designer / Special FX / Director
Strawn’s first job in film was the 1984 film Breakin 2 in which he used his previous experience with construction and carpentry as the film’s construction coordinator. His work in the 1980’s was primarily in horror and science fiction films. In addition to functioning as a construction coordinator, art director and production designer, he also worked as a special effects artist, fabricator and prop maker.
Strawn worked on three of the most popular A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FILMS. He was the art director and handled some effects on A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors in 1987 . Mick was the production designer on A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 The Dream Master & A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child in 1988 and 1989 as well. Strawn is responsible for the creation and execution of several classic scenes in the franchise, most notably the junkyard scenes in the third and fourth films and the truck crash and theater scenes from the fourth film, and he was featured in John Kenneth’s Muir’s book “Wes Craven: The Art of Horror” . Strawn also conceptualized and designed the “kaleidoscope hallway” that was used in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and was the tv series Freddy’s Nightmares in 1988. Mick worked in various television series and made-for-television films in the 1990’s, but also continued to work in Hollywood as well. Mick designed the sets for Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III in 1990 and also helped design and produce the Leatherface mask, along with famed special effects artist Greg Nicotero. Author Stefan Jaworzyn interviewed Strawn for his book, titled “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” where he discussed the creation of the mask and effects. Strawn was also recognized for his production design for The Hidden in a book dedicated to action films.
He created miniatures and was production designer for Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four in 1994, and Strawn was interviewed for an article on the film that was featured in a 1994 issue of Fangoria magazine. One of Strawn’s best known achievements other than his work on the “Nightmare” films was the creation of Scorpion’s lair in the 1995 film Mortal Kombat, which was based on the popular video game. Strawn retired from the film industry in 2008 and builds bass guitars, electric guitars, amplifiers and other instruments. When asked about why he chose to work in film, Strawn explained that “I got into film because I needed something to do [to escape boredom]. Film did not bore me one bit!”
Strawn appeared on a January 25th 2016 podcast alongside A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors to discuss the making of the film and explain the notorious “junkyard set” and effects sequences. Strawn made a second podcast appearance on February 1, 2016 and discussed his work on A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 film along with special effects artist Nick Benson, actress Lisa Wilcox and actors Andras Jonesand Danny Hassell
Strawn was a celebrity guest at the Sin City Halloween Convention on October 28-29, 2016. The convention took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 28th, 2016, Strawn was inducted into the Hall of Horror alongside special effects artist Nick Benson, special effects artist Doug Stewart, horror author Blake Best, and Ron Chaney, great-grandson of Lon Cheney Jr
Some of Mick’s Bodies of Work include:
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