Born in New Jersey and raised in Vermont, David Wasco moved to New York in 1972 to work as an industrial designer. He began working in movies as the First Assistant to the Production Designer on Don Coscarelli's The Beastmaster in 1983 and as Set Decorator on Night of the Comet (1984).
His films as a Production designer include El Norte (1983), Smooth Talk (1984), Stacking (1986), In A Shallow Grave (1987), Healing Hurts (1991), Oleanna (1994), Touch (1995) and She's So Lovely (1997), directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring John Travolta
The husband and wife team of Production designer David Wasco and Set decorator Sally Reynolds-Wasco have worked together on all of Quentin Tarantino's movies. Their work on Pulp Fiction was given great credit for bringing Tarantino's unique vision to the screen. Sets like Jack Rabbit Slims nightclub introduced Los Angeles' Mid-Century and Google architectural styles as ripe for reinterpretation and adaptation into new and varied contemporary contexts.
Through their film work, the Wascos have become experts on Los Angeles architecture. In 1990 they contributed to the Museum of Contemporary Art's acclaimed installation "Case Study Exhibit: Blueprints for Modern Living."
Their association with writer-director Wes Anderson began with Bottle Rocket (1994) and continued in Rushmore (1998). Their work for the Anderson film The Royal Tennebaums (2002) was included in the Smithsonian's National Design Triennial, celebrating the technical innovations, artistic evolution and cultural impact of design.