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Aaron Haye (born 26 October 1973; age 47) is a designer who worked as assistant art director on the feature film Star Trek. This work earned him an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award nomination in the category Fantasy Film in 2010 which he shared with Scott Chambliss, Dennis Bradford, Curt Beech, Luke Freeborn, Beat Frutiger, Gary Kosko, Ryan Church, Keith P. Cunningham, Clint Schultz, James Clyne, Paul Ozzimo, John Eaves, Bruce G. Smith, Karen Manthey, C. Scott Baker, Dawn Brown, Kevin Cross, Andrea Dopaso, Jeff Frost, Scott Herbertson, Joseph Hiura, Billy Hunter, Harry E. Otto, Anne Porter, Andrew Reeder, and Jane Wuu. Haye previously worked as model maker for Industrial Light & Magic on Star Trek: First Contact but received no credit for this work.
Haye has started his career working as model maker for ILM. Projects during this time include the action thriller Mission: Impossible (1996, with Michael Conte, David Dozoretz, Selwyn Eddy, Paul Huston, Susan Kelly-Andrews, Drew Klausner, Marshall Richard Krasser, Janet Lewin, Jodie Maier, Greg Maloney, Roni McKinley, Terry Molatore, Jim Morris, George Murphy, Patrick T. Myers, Joshua Pines, Ginger Theisen, Bruce Vecchitto, Alex Jaeger, and Chad Taylor), the action drama Daylight (1996), the science fiction comedy Mars Attacks (1996), the science fiction comedy Men in Black (1997, with Alia Agha, Stephen Aplin, Joel Aron, Al Bailey, John Andrew Berton, Jr., Patricia Blau, Barbara Brennan, Ronn Brown, Sue Campbell, Gail Currey, Chrissie England, Raul Essig, Gerald Gutschmidt, Tony Hudson, Peg Hunter, Polly Ing, Patrick Jarvis, Susan Kelly-Andrews, Gregor Lakner, Margaret B. Lynch, Jeff Mann, Bill Mather, Jennifer McKnew, Chris Mitchell, Steve Molin, Jim Morris, Melissa Mullin, Anthony Pitone, Elsa Rodriguez, Jason Snell, Damian Steel, Chad Taylor, Marjolaine Tremblay, Bruce Vecchitto, and David Washburn), the science fiction film Starship Troopers (1997), the digital remastered versions of the science fiction films Star Wars (1997) and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1997), the crime thriller Snake Eyes (1998), the science fiction film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and it's sequel Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), the science fiction drama Bicentennial Man (1999), the science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest (1999), the science fiction thriller Mission to Mars (2000), the war drama Pearl Harbor (2001), the science fiction drama Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), the science fiction drama Impostor (2001), and the science fiction sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
Around 2002, Haye moved into 3D design for film productions and went into set design in the art department. He worked for Cinema Production Services Inc. on the fantasy film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), as model crew chief for New Deal Studios on the mystery drama The Fountain (2006, with Shannon Blake Gans and Matthew Gratzner), as CAD Foreman on the science fiction films The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), and as lead model maker on the science fiction film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and the comic adaptation Constantine (2005).
Among his further credits as set designer and digital set designer are the action sequel xXx: State of the Union (2005, with Steve Christensen, Dan Engle, Luke Freeborn, Jeff Frost, Kurt V. Hulett, Jim Martin, and Jeff Valdez), the sequel X-Men: The Last Stand (2006, with Steve Christensen, James Clyne, Daren Dochterman, John Eaves, Andrew Li, Victor James Martinez, Richard F. Mays, and Bryan Sutton), the animated movie Monster House (2006), the action thriller The Kingdom (2007), the comic adaptation Watchmen (2009), the thriller Unstoppable (2010), and the comic adaptation Green Lantern (2011).
His work as assistant art director on the drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button earned him an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award in the category Period Film in 2009 which he shared with Lorrie Campbell, Tammy S. Lee, Jane Wuu, Richard Bennett, and Christopher S. Ross. Haye earned another ADG Award in the category Commercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video in 2014 for his work on the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts which he shared with Todd Cherniawsky, Louis Joseph Comeau IV, and Patrick J. Rodriguez. He earned two more nominations – in 2011 in the category Contemporary Film for his work on the drama The Social Network which he shared with Curt Beech, Keith P. Cunningham, Randall D. Wilkins, Jane Wuu, and Richard Bennett and in 2015 in the category Fantasy Film for his work on the science fiction sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which he shared with Billy Hunter, Martha Johnston, Greg Papalia, Michael Cawood, Nathan Schroeder, Adam Gelbart, Brett Phillips, Jim Magdaleno, and Amanda Moss Serino.
As art director, Haye worked on the comedy An American Carol (2008), the thriller Angels & Demons (2009), the drama Leonie (2010), the science fiction film Battleship (2012, with William Ladd Skinner), the comic adaptation Man of Steel (2013), the sport drama 42 (2013, with Sharon Davis and Dennis Bradford), the science fiction sequel Terminator Genisys (2015, with Greg Papalia), and the action thriller Mechanic: Resurrection (2016). In 2017 he received special thanks in the end credits of the science fiction sequel Blade Runner2049.
In 2018, Haye worked as production designer on the music drama Bohemian Rhapsody, directed and executive produced by Bryan Singer. This work earned him a New Mexico Film Critics Award in the category Best Production Design, a British Film Designers Guild Award in the category Best Production Design – International Studio Feature Film – Period (both in 2018), and an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award nomination in the category Period Film in 2019.
More recent credits as production designer include The Gifted pilot episode "eXposed" (2017, directed by Bryan Singer), the remake Charlie's Angels (2019), and the first season of the television series The Stand (2020, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Brad William Henke).