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Mechanika artist/author visits IPFW
By Michael Summers
Fort Wayne Reader
Back in FWR # 181, we had an article about IPFW instructor Jim Martin’s entertainment design course based around the book Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction by award-winning artist and production designer Doug Chiang.
On December 8, Chiang will visit IPFW, delivering an hour long presentation followed by a Q&A session and book signing. This will happen on Thursday, December 8 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the IPFW Visual and Performing Arts building room VA 204. The event will be open to the public and admission is free.
Chiang began his professional career as a Stop Motion animator on Pee Wee's Playhouse and a commercial director for and designer for Rhythm and Hues, Digital Productions, and Robert Abel and Associates. Chiang joined Industrial Light and Magic in 1989 and became Creative Director there in 1993, working as Visual Effects Art Director for films such as Ghost; The Doors; Terminator 2; Death Becomes Her; Forrest Gump; Jumanji; and The Mask, earning an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Death Becomes Her, and another British Academy Award for Forrest Gump.
In 1995, Chiang joined Lucasfilm as Design Director for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. From 2002 to 2010, he has served as Production Designer for The Polar Express; A Christmas Carol; Beowulf; and Mars Need Moms.
At IPFW, Chiang will be talking about his experiences in the film industry and presenting some of his career work old and new. “He promises that some of the art he'll be presenting has not yet been seen so some of it will be exclusive to the presentation,” Jim Martin says.
Once again, that’s Thursday, December 8 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the IPFW Visual and Performing Arts building room VA 204. The event will be open to the public and admission is free.