David Brisbin has production designed more than 25 feature films, ranging from independents like Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, Exorcism of Emily Rose and In the Cut, to tent-pole fare including The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Day the Earth Stood Still. He has directed several documentaries including the feature Nice Hat! and 5 Enigmas in the Life of Cambodia. He has worked extensively in Asia and taught production design at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Shanghai Theatre Academy. As winner of the Henry Luce Foundation Scholars Grant, he worked as at a TV news reporter in Manila where he covered the fall of the Marcos regime. He did a residency in New Media at the Canadian Film Centre. Brisbin trained initially in architecture (BFA, Rice University) and interned in the office of noted American architect, Robert Venturi. Brisbin studied filmmaking (MFA, California Institute of the Arts) under the mentorship of Alexander Mackendrick.