My name is John Leon Bennett. I am a Production Designer & Art Director in the film industry. I have designed over 100 Local and International Commercials, Features, Music Videos and Reality Television Programs to date. The latter being the bulk of my work, and I have been fortunate enough to be creatively involved on The award winning "Amazing Race Australia" seasons 1 and 2. The 1st series aired in 2011 and went on to win an International Emmy for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment and Season 2 which in January this year, became the first recipient of the AACTA* Award for Best Reality Series. (*The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) "The Amazing Race Asia" series' have won consecutive Asian TV Awards in 2008 and 2009, with Season 3 also receiving an International Emmy nomination. Also deserving a mention are 3 Seasons of Israel's version of the same show, 2 Seasons of "The Bachelor" for German audiences, and what is quoted to be the most expensive Internet Reality Show ever produced, "Bud House" with Ridley Scott Associates during the world cup.
Although I'm based in Cape Town, I have visited 48 Countries, and shot in over 60 cities around the world. Having travelled more than 450 000 km working on 11 Seasons of "The Amazing Race", I have gathered extensive Travel Shoot experience and have shot in the following countries: the USA, China, France, Spain, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Oman, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Macau, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, Canada, Dubai, Cuba, Russia, Portugal and Namibia.

My skills within Production Design include Set Design, Photoshop, Photography, SFX, Construction or Set Building, Vehicle Sourcing, Greening and Food Styling. As a team, with resources combined, we can work creatively to get the most out of a challenging budget. I can create outstanding pre-shoot Art Department breakdowns whether it be electronic presentations, visual hard copy mood boards or an actual show & tell. Should the job require I can also offer visually accurate interactive 3D animated Set Design diagrams to give the Director and Client peace of mind before the shoot commences.


I have selected a few examples to show the diversity of style, mood and feel where I have effectively influenced the Art Direction. You can view these on this site. By clicking on my SHOWREEL link you will be redirected to my You Tube Homepage to see more of my work.

My highly skilled team, THE ART OFFICIALS, have the experience, patience and dedication to make the most difficult projects work.

There is also a written version of every Director, Producer and Production Company that I have worked with since the very start of my career on the CV link.

I represent myself so should you have any availability or rate queries, please don't hesitate to contact me, myself or I on my CONTACTS page.