Lucasfilm creative director in Tampa Bay to discuss 'Star Wars' exhibit

We talk with Doug Chiang, who has worked on the blockbuster films for 20 years.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Force is with downtown St. Petersburg.

Surrounded by R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca and more Star Wars characters, 10 News sat down with Lucasfilm’s creative director, Doug Chiang.

Chiang is in town to talk about an elaborate "Star Wars" set on display at the Museum of Fine Arts off of Beach Drive.

It’s pretty cool. The exhibition showcases actual costumes worn by the actors and actresses on set “from Queen Amidala's lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.”

Chiang, who has designed for "Star Wars" for more than 20 years, talked about how they come up with characters and their costumes.

“I’m hoping that they can see the level of detail and depth that we do in terms of creating designs for Star Wars,” he said.  

“As an audience, you can see the evolution of an idea, how things go to the final product that you see on the screen.”

“The characters are really challenging because they’re almost one of the first things that we tackle.”

Of course, we had to ask him about the latest film, "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi," set for release on Dec. 15.

But, he had to keep his lips sealed.

“I’m really excited, it’s one of those things where I get to enjoy it as a fan, too.”

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts website for more information on the exhibit.

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