300.00 linear ft (261 boxes).
The Rick Carter Collection is organized into 26 series, most of which have been further organized into subseries. Each series that consists solely of papers from an individual movie (Series 1-26) has been organized into the following subseries (depending on what papers are present in the series): Production Files, Scripts, Research Files, Location Files, Set & Prop Design, Character (or Creature) Design, Storyboards, Press & Publicity, Merchandise & Memorabilia, Negatives, Photographs, Digital Media, Analog Media, Oversized Art. The series Miscellaneous Projects and Unproduced Projects are organized into subseries based on movie or project. Oversized materials are organized in boxes by size; it is assumed that a researcher will be able to tell the difference between the various films within a box. However, to avoid confusion, artwork and plans from Jurassic Park and The Lost World are not found in the same box without identification. Photographs and the negatives from which they were produced have been assigned reel numbers in the absence of other identifying information (indicated by square brackets). The arrangement scheme for the collection refined the original order of the collection (which was based loosely on movie). 1. Magic Journeys; 2. The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eighth Dimension; 3. Goonies; 4. Amazing Stories; 5. Talking Walls; 6. Empire of the Sun; 7. Rain Man; 8. Three Fugitives; 9. Back to the Future II; 10. Back to the Future III; 11. Death Becomes Her; 12. What Lies Beneath; 13. Jurassic Park; 14. Forrest Gump; 15. The Lost World: Jurassic Park; 16. Contact; 17. Amistad; 18. Cast Away; 19. Artificial Intelligence: A.I.; 20. Polar Express; 21. War of the Worlds; 22. Munich; 23. Miscellaneous Projects; 24. Unproduced Projects; 25. Personal Papers; 26. Dreamworkds SKG.
Collection contains the papers of production designer Rick Carter (b. 1952), who frequently works with directors Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. Movies represented in this collection include Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump.
Rick Carter was born in California on March 24, 1950. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1974 with a degree in sociology and art. His career started in mid-1970s, when he worked as an art director or illustrator on various feature films and TV mini-series, including Bound For Glory, The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Winds of War. In 1982, he was the Production Designer for Disney's 3D film Magic Journeys, which played at Walt Disney World in Florida until 1993 and at Disneyland until 1986. Carter first worked with Steven Spielberg when he served as the Art Director for the movie The Goonies, which was written by Spielberg, in 1984. The next year, Spielberg hired Carter to be the Production Designer for his TV series Amazing Stories, which is the only TV series Carter has ever worked on. While working on Amazing Stories, Carter worked for the first time with Robert Zemeckis, who directed two of the series' episodes. For the next twenty-five years, Carter worked almost exclusively on movies being directed by either Spielberg or Zemeckis. These movies included Back to the Future II and III, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, War of the Worlds, Munich and Forrest Gump. Carter was nominated for the Best Art Direction-Set Direction Academy Award in 1995 for his work on Forrest Gump. In 2010, Carter won the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction for his work for James Cameron on Avatar.
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