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WATCH: ILM’s Kevin Jenkins Talks ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Art Direction at FMX 2016

ILM's supervising art director discusses the concept and production art pipeline on Walt Disney Pictures and J.J. Abrams' epic space adventure.

With FMX 2017 opening its doors May 2 in Stuttgart, Germany, we’re focusing attention on some of the talented artists who were at FMX 2016, part of the group of top industry professionals who converge on the event each year to speak, teach and network. Watch and enjoy one of our insightful and entertaining video interviews from the AWN – FMX 2016 Professional Spotlight series featuring some of the biggest names in animation, visual effects, computer graphics and transmedia.

Watch all the AWN - FMX Professional Spotlight videos on AWN's YouTube Channel.

In this two-part interview, ILM supervising art director Kevin Jenkins describes his role and responsibilities regarding concept art development and design work on Walt Disney Pictures and J.J. Abrams' epic space adventure, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He also talks about the overall challenges and issues that impact good concept design, citing his work on World War Z and Edge of Tomorrow, and how his work is always rooted in a director's cinematic concepts which differ on every film.

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.