BEHIND THE SCENES: Jurassic Park, The Lost World & A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

February 28, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Rick Carter Archive invite you and a guest to a very special conversation with Academy Award-winning Production Designer Rick Carter and screening of new documentary material from the Rick Carter Archive:

BEHIND THE SCENES: Jurassic Park, The Lost World & A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Followed by a Q&A with
Rick Carter and Allan Holzman
Moderated by SCA Professor Michael Peyser

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About the Event

From the USC/Rick Carter Archive, editor Allan Holzman has assembled a series of three informal videos which document the ‘behind the scenes' dialogue between director Steven Spielberg, production designer Rick Carter and other members of his creative team.

In Jurassic Park, Spielberg’s imagination transforms a playful brainstorming session with a toy dinosaur and car into a full-scale mechanical/cg T-Rex attack on a vehicle with two children trapped inside.

In The Lost World, the sequel to Jurassic Park, Spielberg returns to another mysterious island to create more cinematic adventures with raptors.

In A.I.:  Artificial Intelligence, Spielberg’s cinematically interprets Stanley Kubrick’s epic futuristic fairytale about the nature of not just artificial intelligence, but our own human quest to be loved.


About Rick Carter

RICK CARTER (Production Designer) won an Academy Award® and a BAFTA Award in 2010 for his otherworldly production design on James Cameron’s top-grossing mega-hit Avatar. Carter received his first Oscar nomination for his work on Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump and was recently nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA for Steven Spielberg’s period adventure War Horse in 2012.

Carter most recently completed work on Speilberg’s Lincoln in 2011, which  was preceded by Zack Snyder’s epic fantasy Sucker Punch and War Horse. He has  collaborated with Spielberg on such diversely set films as Munich, War of the Worlds, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Amistad, and the blockbusters Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Carter has also been Zemeckis’ production designer of choice on the films The Polar Express, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Death Becomes Her and Back to the Future, Parts II and III.

About the USC Rick Carter Archive

Over the past decade, Production Designer Rick Carter has created an archive of his cinematic journey with Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and James Cameron. With the encouragement of Dean Elizabeth Daley, this collection now housed at the USC School Of Cinematic Arts is comprised of hundreds of boxes of artwork, along with behind the scenes video and digital files, of all of the movies he has worked on from 1985 until the present. Some of the movies included thus far are Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Amistad, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and Munich; Zemeckis’ Back To The Future II & III, Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Polar Express; and Cameron’s Avatar, for which Rick won an Academy Award for Art Direction.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago