Keith Brian Burns


Keith, a native of Chicago, began his career as a talented architect. His passion for films led him to later translate his design skills to the Big Screen. His extensive experience in set design has been showcased in many films such as The Identical, Abduction, 2 Fast 2 Furious, 4 Brothers, and Hustle & Flow.

One of Keith's pivotal professional moments came with his most recent set designs in The Identical, a period piece based loosely on Elvis Presley. Because the film spanned a large time period, Keith fashioned several sets to illustrate the Great Depression of the 1930's, the Bebop era of the 1940's through the 1950's, and the rock and roll era of the early 1970's. Keith's creative vision and dedication to the historical authenticity of the story delivered an engaging and dynamic showpiece that gave greater depth to the characters.

With movies of every genre, Keith collaborates with the Director to tell the story of the film and bring it to life, being involved in all aspects of details. From the european outlet plates in the Paris Hotel in Abduction, to the distressed fiberglass panels of a crashed three million dollar yacht in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Keith firmly believes the devil is in the details. He looks forward to the next time he can create something that not only brings the film and concept to life, but exceeds all expectations.

Innovating Options

Since 2002, Keith has incorporated the process of Pre-visualization into his collaborations, which allows him the flexibility to present many different looks for a scene. A director can then "try on" ideas without committing to the physical costs of building the set, saving both time and money. This process also provides a way to accurately budget set costs before implementation.

Street Saavy

Keith has scouted various cities around the world to find the perfect location for many films. He has worked with local crews in putting together the art department from construction to set dressing, to props and graphics. The following are various cities nationally and internationally he has worked:

  • Budapest
  • Dubai
  • Morocco
  • Jordan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Diego
  • Wilmington
Special Skills
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Set Design & Model Making
  • Dual-Citizenship: USA and Canada
  • IATSE Local 800 member