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Doug Chiang

Doug Chiang studied film at the University of California, at Los Angeles, and industrial design at the Center of Creative Studies, College of Art and Design. Chiang got his start as a Stop Motion animator on the Pee Wee's Playhouse television series. He soon rose to become a Clio Award winning commercial Director and Designer for Rhythm and Hues, Digital Productions, and Robert Abel and Associates. In 1989, Chiang joined Industrial Light and Magic where he became the Creative Director in 1993. During this time, he worked as Visual Effects Art Director for films including Ghost, The Doors, Terminator 2, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, and The Mask. He has earned both an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Death Becomes Her and another British Academy Award for Forrest Gump.

Chiang left ILM in 1995 to serve as Design Director for Lucasfilm LTD on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In 2002, he served as Production Designer for Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express. Currently, Chiang is Production Designer for Zemeckis’ next film Beowulf to be released in 2007. In addition, he also served as Art Director for Monster House and Concept Designer for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds.

Chiang’s first book, Robota, was published by Chronicle Books in 2003. He is currently in production on the computer game based on the book with Sony Pictures Imageworks. In 2004, Chiang formed Ice Blink Studios, a company comprised of 18 artists dedicated to entertainment design for films and new media.

As an independent filmmaker and Director, Chiang has received numerous awards, including First Place in the FOCUS Awards for his film Mental Block. His short teaser film for Robota was awarded both the ‘Prix Du Rendu’ award at Imagina 2003 Film Festival and the ‘Best Advertising/Promotional Film’ in the 2003 Annecy Animation Festival.

Chiang's paintings have been featured in major national and worldwide exhibitions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the San Diego Museum of Fine Art, the Fields Museum in Chicago, and the Kyoto and Tokyo National Museums among others.

In 2003, Chiang received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Chiang lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.

1962   Born February 16 in Taipei,Taiwan, the second of three children.
1968   Emigrated to the United States. Lived in Dearborn, Michigan.
1972   Moved to Westland, Michigan - a suburb of Detroit.
1974   Made first film in Junior High School using pixelation - animating people.
1975   Started making short films in a basement studio. Made over a dozen three minute animated shorts between
1976   Produced a 4 minute short film called Gladiator. Won Grand Prize in the Michigan Student Film Festival. Met John Prusak who became his film mentor.
1977   Saw Star Wars and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Realized that he wanted to become a stop motion animator.
1978   Made a ten minute science fiction film modeled after Star Wars. The film was awarded First Place in the Michigan Student Film Festival.
1979   Hospitalized for complications after a routine abdominal surgery. Spent the next six months in intensive care and over the next year underwent a total of eight more abdominal surgeries.
1981   Graduated from John Glenn High School with honors.
1982   Studied Industrial Design at Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design in Detroit.
1982   Worked as a Teaching Assistant for a film production class at the William D. Ford Vocational / Technical Center in Michigan.
1982   Moved to California and attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Majored in Film Production.
1982   Worked for the UCLA Daily Bruin newspaper as an illustrator.
1984   Became Art Director for the UCLA Daily Bruin.
1985   Produced Mental Block, a five minute animated film. The film was awarded First Prize in the FOCUS film competition and won a Nissan Sentra automobile.
1985   Took first professional freelance job doing storyboard work for industrial films.
1986   Was hired as Director / Designer for Digital Productions, a Los Angeles based computer graphics company. Directed and designed the opening logo for the premiere of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
1987   After digital Productions closed down, he freelanced and worked as the stop motion animator for the second season of Pee Wee's Playhouse.
1987   Joined Rhythm and Hues as Director / Designer. Directed several computer graphic commercials.
1989   Left Rhythm and Hues to work as a concept designer for Universal Pictures on Back to the Future 2.
1989   Accepted a position as Visual Effects Art Director at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and moved to Northern California.
1993   Won an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Death Becomes Her.
1993   Started conceptualizing Robota: Reign of Machines.
1993   Became Creative Director for ILM.
1993   Commissioned by Oceanic, a scuba equipment manufacturer, to paint his first Limited Edition Print.
1994   Won a Clio Award for Best Set Design for a Malaysian Airlines commercial.
1994   Got married.
1995   Joined Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as Design Director.
1995   Won another British Academy Award for Forrest Gump.
1996   Birth of first son, Jake.
1999   Star Wars Episode 1 is released.
1999   Birth of second son, Ryan.
1999   Started work on Star Wars Episode II.
1999   Named "100 of the Most Influential Asian Americans of the Decade" by A.Magazine: Inside Asian America
2000   Visual Keynote Speaker for the Games Developers Conference.
2000   Doug Chiang Studio is formed.
2000 website is launched.



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