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Doug Chiang Biography and Interesting Facts

Doug Chiang (Chinese: 江道格; born 16 February 1962) is an American film designer and artist. He currently serves as vice president and executive creative director of Lucasfilm.

Early life

Chiang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. His dad had gone to Michigan in the United States for college, and moved the family to Dearborn, Michigan when Chiang was 5 years old. His parents encouraged him to assimilate into American culture by speaking more English, which Chiang described as one of the ways the family tried to fit in. Chiang therefore lost his ability to speak Chinese over the years. Nonetheless, he characterized his lifestyle as "still very culturally Chinese", citing the strong work ethic imposed by his parents.Chiang was inspired by the original Star Wars film and the accompanying art design book. He studied industrial design at the College for Creative Studies until 1982. He later studied film production at UCLA and graduated in 1986. During his time in college, he was an illustrator and art director for the Daily Bruin and involved with the Association of Chinese Americans.

Career

During the late 1980s, he worked at various production studios including Rhythm and Hues. Chiang eventually joined Industrial Light & Magic as a creative director where he worked on films such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Forrest Gump (1994). In 1995, he was hired to lead Lucasfilm's art department; he was the design director for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). Afterwards, he was a production designer on Robert Zemeckis' The Polar Express. Outside of film, he collaborated with author Orson Scott Card on an illustrated science-fiction book called Robota. He founded DC Studios in 2000 with his creation, Robota, as a primary project. Along with Sparx Animation Studios in Ho Chi Minh City, he created several animated shorts depicting the world of Robota in action. In 2004, Chiang co-founded Ice Blink Studios and worked for Zemeckis on Beowulf. Ice Blink closed in 2007, becoming the core of the facility for ImageMovers Digital, a pioneering performance capture animation studio.Chiang returned to the Star Wars franchise as the concept artist for The Force Awakens as well as production designer for Rogue One. His other Star Wars includes the films Solo and The Rise of Skywalker, and the television series The Mandalorian.

Awards

Chiang has won numerous awards throughout his career, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Death Becomes Her, a BAFTA for Forrest Gump, a FOCUS Award for his independent film Mental Block, a Clio Award for his work on a Malaysian Airlines commercial and The BrandLaureate Award.

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Ghost (1990) (visual effects art director: ILM) The Doors (1991) (visual effects art director: ILM) Switch (1991) (visual effects art director) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1992) (visual effects art director: ILM) Death Becomes Her (1992) ... Read full biography