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When one looks at Neville Page’s background and family, it really is no surprise that he would be involved in some form of creativity. His parents met in the theatre in Great Britain, his mother a dancer and father a musician. They eventually joined the circus, where his father played in the band and mother found herself atop an elephant waving at the crowd in a feathery outfit. You could say that when Neville was an infant he was not without colourful exposure.

Neville at the Studio 2011

When his family moved to the U.S.A. in 1970, the “showbiz” mentality followed them. His mother continued to perform and teach dance, whilst his father created the most outrageous Halloween costumes for his children that anyone in their Chicago neighborhood had ever seen. Picture a 9-foot papier-mache shark costume on a rickety 9-year-old’s shoulders.

As with many young boys in the late 70’s, “Star Wars” had such a profound impact that it inspired Neville to pursue the field of entertainment. He wanted to be in the sci-fi movies and at the time he did not even know that design existed. At 17, Neville packed up the car and drove cross-country to Hollywood to pursue the infamous dream.

Neville and friend.

After completing two years of acting school, he was primed and ready for the big screen. Auditions trickled in and tables kept getting served. It was not until his girlfriend’s mother questioned his ability to provide, that he himself began to question his ability to provide. With that realization, Neville called his mother and announced, “that’s it, I’m out. What was that school on the hill above the Rose Bowl you have been talking about?” Literally, as he hung up the phone with his mother, excited at the prospect that he would pursue a new career entirely, it rang again. It was the big break. He was hired to appear on the soap opera “General Hospital.” Whether it was fate or typecasting, he was to play a waiter. Shortly thereafter, his character was dropped and the real career would begin.

During the time he was putting together his art portfolio, to make ends meet Neville performed at the Ice House in Pasadena and the Improv in Hollywood as a stand-up comedian. However, once at Art Center College of Design, he realized his true calling. Although he did not understand completely what it was that he was doing, it felt 100% right. So “right,” in fact, that he graduated with honors in 1990 and immediately started a design consultancy with his roommate, who would eventually become his best friend and studio partner, Scott Robertson.

Together he and Scott developed a wide range of products from durable medical goods to action figures. Eventually, they found themselves teaching at the Art Center campus in Switzerland until its unfortunate demise in 1996. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Neville resumed teaching at Art Center and took on the position as Assistant Chair of Product Design. Additionally, he teaches at the Otis College of Art and Design and also at The GnomonSchool of Visual Effects.

Neville and James Cameron on the set of Avatar

Since Neville returned from Switzerland his growing client list includes: Jakks Pacific Toys, BMW subsidiary Designworks/USA, Mattel Toys, Nike, Rock Shox, Universal Studios’ “Men in Black”-The Ride, 20th Century-Fox, Fiat; and the feature films “Minority Report,” “Planet of the Apes”,
“X-Men 2 & 3”, “The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe”, “Superman”, James Cameron’s “Avatar”, JJ Abram’s “Cloverfield”, Zach Snyder’s “The Watchmen”, Louis Leterrier’s “The Hulk”, JJ Abram’s “Star Trek”, and Ridley Scott's "Prometheus".

In addition to his teaching career, TV appearances, his film and photography work, Neville is currently involved as a design consultant for the entertainment, toy, and automotive industries; and is developing his own line of educational art products.

Neville at home in his studio in 2011