Rick Carter talks about Production Design for Star Wars & Avatar

On the latest Go Creative Show podcast, host Ben Concoli talks to the legendary Rick Carter about his work on some of histories most iconic films, such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Avatar, Jurassic Park, and Forrest Gump.

You can listen to the full episode above.

Rick Carter has undoubtedly been part of a film you have watched. He has worked on Forrest Gump, Amistad, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Cast Away, War of the Worlds, What Lies Beneath, Jurassic Park, Avatar, and Back to the Future Part II and Part III. Many of the films that he has worked on are directed by Steven Spielberg or Robert Zemeckis.

For his part in the Art Direction of Avatar, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Production Design alongside Robert Stromberg and Kim Sinclair. In 2013, Carter won his second Academy Award, for production design on Steven Spielberg’s biopic, Lincoln.

Topics covered

  • Rick’s early years in cinema (03:07)
  • Being inspired by real-world experiences
  • Working with Steven Spielberg
  • Developing the world of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (09:46)
  • How metaphors are a key for filmmaking and production design
  • Creating the world of Pandora for AVATAR (16:53)
  • Collaborating with JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson on Disney’s STAR WARS trilogy (31:46)
  • Designing Emperor Palpatine’s lair on Exegol for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (41:19)
  • The pre-production process for production design (47:49)
  • Collaborating with other film departments (53:14)
  • Why it’s important to NOT know what you’re doing (01:00:21)
  • Rick personal filmmaking journals (01:13:25)

This is a great podcast and it gives you a great insight into how some of the most memorable movies of all time wee made.

Subscribe to our newsletter