Dave Cooke entered the the film industry in 1981, having previously gained a Batchelor of Arts from Auckland University. Early experience in construction and then construction management on films such as Constance, Other Halves and Queen City Rockers led him to art direction and production design on a number of film and television series. More recent international productions include Cirque Du Soleil, Prince Caspian from the Narnia series and Aliens In the Attic for Fox Studios. In 2007 he received a nomination from the Art Directors Guild for work on King Kong. In 2010 he won the 'Best Contribution To Design' category in the Qantas Film and Television Awards
for production design of The Cult. A wide range of design and art direction achievements include Current Affairs and News Sets for TV3 and the production design of several local television drama and game shows. He has also designed and art directed more than 200 advertising campaigns, including larger brand commercials that cover the wide spectrum of television advertising. An interest in architecture and the continuim of design outside the film industry have meant that he has simultaneously undertaken a diverse range of design work incorporating domestic architecture, interior and exhibition design.