Doug Chiang

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Doug Chiang (Chinese: 江 道格, born 16 February 1962) is a Taiwanese American film designer and artist. He was born in Yilan County, Taiwan, and grew up in the United States.


Chiang studied film at UCLA and industrial design at the College for Creative Studies. 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 and Forrest Gump. During the late 1990s, Chiang served as design director for Lucasfilm on Star Wars Episode I and Star Wars Episode II.[1] 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[2] in the year 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.

Recently, he has returned to Star Wars franchise as the concept artist for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as production designer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


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.



  • Robota (2003) (co-Writer, illustrator)
  • Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang (2008, 2015) (writer, illustrator)[3]
  • Star Wars Art: Concepts (Star Wars Art Series) (2013) (introduction, concept artist)
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (concept artist)


  1. ^ Christopher, James (12 April 2000). "Greetings, Earthlings; Arts". The Times. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "DC Studios: About Us". 
  3. ^ "Mechanika: Revised and Updated". 

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