Comingsoon managed to speak with Episode 7 production designer Rick Carter at the Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Hit the jump to find out what he said about the look of the highly anticipated new movie...
The production designer is responsible for developing the design, look and feel of the movie. Usually, the production designer is charged with the task of establishing the setting and style of the movie, including the overall design of sets.
Some of Rick Carter's credits are Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Avatar, A.I., War of the Worlds, Forest Gump, Lincoln and many more. Carter reveals how he boarded the project:
"I offered my services to Kathy Kennedy," Carter says of Episode VII, "who I had known for a long time. I said, 'If you're going to get involved with 'Star Wars' in this new generation, I'd love to be a part of the dialogue and help.' She invited me in last January and that's what I've been doing ever since. Then J.J. [Abrams] came in and we hit it off."
Rick Carter will be working on Episode 7 with a younger designer, Darren Gilford. Gilford worked as a production designer on Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Carter explains that collaboration:
"We're kind of both production designing the movie as a team," Carter continues, "to help give J.J. the best of what his generation and the new generation can offer with Darren Gilford and also myself as a guide that takes us back to not so long, long ago, but to the '70's where I was around and making movies that old-fashioned way. Whenever we want to touch that level, it relates to something that's not just being made up as though it's new. It's being rediscovered."