Hal Barwood at the Lucasfilm Christmas Party in 2005
|Born||Hanover, New Hampshire|
|Occupation||Game designer, film producer, screenwriter, game producer|
Born in Hanover, New Hampshire, he studied art at Brown University and later attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, where he met and became friends with George Lucas. Along with other film students such as Walter Murch, John Milius, and Howard Kazanjian, the group, known as The Dirty Dozen, went on to degrees of success in the film industry.
His film credits include Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature film, The Sugarland Express, writing on Close Encounters of the Third Kind (for which he was not publicly credited), and producing and co-writing Dragonslayer. In the 1970s, he also co-wrote an unproduced screenplay with his frequent co-worker Matthew Robbins called Star Dancing, for which Ralph McQuarrie was contracted to do a series of conceptual paintings.
He later worked as a script writer, producer and director for LucasArts. He is probably best known as the project leader and co-designer of the 1992 adventure game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. In August 1999, PC Gamer magazine designated him as one of the top 25 game designers in the United States.
- The Great Walled City of Xan (1970) writer, producer and director (short film)
- THX 1138 (1971) title sequence and animator
- The Sugarland Express (1974) story and screenplay
- The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) writer
- MacArthur (1977) writer
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) actor and uncredited writer
- Corvette Summer (1978) writer and producer
- Dragonslayer (1981) writer and producer
- Warning Sign (1985) writer, producer and director
Game credits list
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (1992) project leader
- Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis: The Action Game (1992) based on story
- Big Sky Trooper (1995) designer & project leader
- Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures (1996) project leader
- Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (1999) writer & designer
- RTX Red Rock (2003) designer, writer & director
- ZenGems (2007) co-designer
- Mata Hari (2008) co-writer & co-designer (with Noah Falstein)
- Maslin, Janet. "Screen: Saga of a Car In 'Corvette Summer': A Double Debut," New York Times (August 4, 1978). Accessed May 18, 2009.
- "Hal Credits". Hal Barwood / Finite Arts. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, page 106.
- Paul Fuhr. "Interview with Hal Barwood". Rain Farm Press. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "Hal Barwood interview". Adventure Classic Gaming. Retrieved 2009-01-04.