Norman Reynolds for Star Wars Episode 1 VI: A New Hope and Oscar-winning production director Lucasfilm has confirmed that Raiders of the Lost Ark is dead. He is 89.
The British native is credited with all three films of the original Star Wars Made important creative contributions to the trilogy as art director of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of Jedi . According to a biography shared by Lucasfilm, Reynolds worked closely with A New Hope overall production designer John Barry to help build Star The core design philosophy behind Wars building and construction. Together with art director Leslie Dilley and decorator Roger Christian, they won the Academy Award for Art Direction. For The Empire Strikes Back , Reynolds was brought in as art director, while Barry continued to direct.
For Raiders, Reynolds’ first collaboration with Spielberg, who sculpted the iconic golden icon, Indy attempted to Obtained at the start. Reynolds used Inca fertility sculptures he had collected during his overseas travels.
His credits also include creating the gigantic boulder that Indy rolled down the temple passage. To quote Reynolds, it was Spielberg who kept asking for it to be bigger. Raider along with art director Dilley and set designer Michael Ford presented Reynolds with his second art direction Oscar in 1982.
In addition to Raiders , he was also in Empire of the Sun with Spielberg He also received an Oscar nomination for his role as art director.
“Norman was always smiling, passionate, and there was nothing he couldn’t do,” Spielberg said in a public statement. “Happy, friendly and talented.”
“Frank and I were devastated by the news of Norman’s passing this weekend,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a public statement said in. “Norman is a great guy to work with. His contributions to the Star Wars saga and the first entry in the Indiana Jones series helped Setting the standard of appearance for these beloved stories has inspired generations of film designers. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Throughout his career, Reynolds Hereby also credits Brain dePalma (Mission Impossible) and David Fincher (Alien 3). He was the art director of Richard Donner 1978 Superman .