Doug Chiang, the Art Director responsible for the design work of the Star Wars prequels, has jumped over to work on Polar Express, the next Robert Zemeckis film, whose VFX will be supervised by former ILM supervisor Ken Ralston.
Doug Chiang joined ILM as VFX Art Director in 1989 after having worked in places like Rhythm and Hues and legendary Robert Abel and Associates. He worked on numerous projects like Terminator 2, The Mask, Jumanji, Ghost, Forrest Gump and Back to the Future 2. He received an Oscar for Best VFX for death Becomes Her (1992) and also two BAFTA awards for Death becomes Her and Forrest Gump (1994). Around 1995/96 he was drafted as the Art Director for the Star Wars prequels and moved to the Art Department of Lucasfilm and JAK Productions for the project. Recently he has been at work on his personal project Robota, contributed to video games and done design work for The Matrix Revolutions.
The Polar Express is a very popular children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, who was also responsible for Jumanji. The book tells the story of a bow, who on Christmas Eve is awakened and taken by a railroad to the North Pole to see Santa Claus, after friends and family told him he wasn't real. The film will star Tom Hanks as the train conductor and VFX will be provided by Imageworks.
You can read more about the announcement and more on his webpage:
We wish Doug success in his future endeavors.
Thanks to Shane for the link.