Wednesday, June 10, 2015

'The Force Awakens' Production Designer Darren Gilford to Attend SDCC

By: Dominic Jones

Earlier today we got the news that Star Wars will be returning to Hall H at San Diego Comic Con with a preview panel for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as well as various other official Star Wars panels going on throughout the day.  Another panel of interest to Star Wars fans was not included in Lucasfilm's official panels announcement today, but was also revealed.  The Art Directors Guild Announced today that it would be hosting a panel at the convention, featuring Darren Gilford who was the production designer on The Force Awakens, among many other things.  

The panel will take place on Saturday July 18th at 12:30pm PST in room 23ABC.  Other panelists include Ed Verreaux (Jurassic World), and John Mott (The Americans).  The panel will be moderated by John Muto, and it will be followed by an autograph session.

Check out the official press release below,

Good Things are Coming to Comic-Con from
The Art Directors Guild
LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2015 — The Art Directors Guild is promising to make an exciting contribution to Comic-Con this year, with special panels of Production Designers and Illustrators who helped create many of the recent top movies and television shows. Fans will have the opportunity to hear their stories and talk to them.

From the motion picture world come Darren Gilford, who designed both
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and TRON: Legacy, and Ed Verreaux, Production Designer of Jurassic World and Looper. Television hits such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Walking Dead will be deconstructed by Production Designer Greg Melton, while Production Designer John Mott will talk about 12 Monkeys, a Syfy show about a time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future, and the very different hit The Americans. John Muto will be moderating this panel, on Saturday, July 11 at 12:00 PM (Room 23ABC), followed by an autograph session.

The Art Directors Guild Illustrators panel features some of the most talked about movies of the recent past and near future and some of the longest titles. Ed Natividad was conceptual vehicle designer on the upcoming
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and conceptual designer on Transformers: Age of Extinction, while Amy Lynn Umezu is a storyboard artist on Kong: Skull Island and also on this year’s Insurgent. Patrick Rodriguez worked on The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 and Jeffrey Errico was storyboard artist on this year’s Terminator Genisys and Straight Outta Compton. Tim Burgard, whose latest credits include Jurassic World and Fantastic Four, will moderate this panel, scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at 12:30 PM in Room 23ABC.
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