Join Lucasfilm’s Academy Award®-winning Vice President and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang as he discusses his prolific career, from stop-motion animating on Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986–90) to becoming Head of Lucasfilm’s Art Department on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and recently serving as Production Designer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and The Mandalorian (2019–present).
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About the Speaker
Doug Chiang, the Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer, began his career as a stop-motion animator on the television series Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986–90). After attending UCLA Film School, he became a commercial television Director for Rhythm and Hues, Robert Abel and Associates, and Digital Productions. As Creative Director for George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic, he served as Visual Effects Art Director on films such as Ghost (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), and The Mask (1994). Chiang has earned numerous awards including an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards®, and a Clio Award® for design excellence.
As an author, he has written many books including Robota (2003), his acclaimed illustrated novel that he created and co-wrote with Nebula and Hugo®-winning author Orson Scott Card. His latest book Mechanika, published in 2008, is in its second edition. Chiang’s artwork has been exhibited worldwide in the Brooklyn Museum, Chicago’s Field Museum, and the Kyoto and Tokyo National museums, among others.
In 1995, George Lucas personally selected Chiang to serve as Head of the Lucasfilm Art Department for seven years on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002).
In 2006, Chiang partnered with The Walt Disney Company and Robert Zemeckis to form ImageMovers Digital—a new digital film studio. As Executive Vice President, Chiang grew the company to a core staff of more than 500 employees and oversaw its daily operations until 2011. Additionally, he served as Production Designer for Robert Zemeckis on The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009), Mars Needs Moms (2011), and Yellow Submarine.
Chiang returned to Lucasfilm in 2013 to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and currently serves as Lucasfilm’s Vice President and Executive Creative Director. With over 23 years of Star Wars design expertise, he oversees designs for all new Star Wars franchise developments including films, theme parks, games, and new media. He recently served as Production Designer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and is currently Production Designer for the new Star Wars live-action series on Disney+, The Mandalorian (2019–present).
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