UGA alum oversees props, sets for Star Wars attractions
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UGA alum oversees props, sets for Star Wars attractions

Eric Baker [Photo courtesy of Disney] Hide caption By Sara Freeland / University of Georgia Along time ago in a galaxy not so far, far away … a young Eric Baker was making his own Star Wars playsets because store-bought versions weren’t good enough. The son of an art teacher and a building contractor, Baker made his own Yoda masks from forms he sculpted, molded, and casted with help from his mom. Now, the University of Georgia alum is a creative director with Walt Disney Imagineering, working on the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-themed lands opening in Disneyland this summer and Walt Disney World this fall. “I love taking these worlds and bringing them from film to something people can actually go see and touch and really be a part of,” he says. At UGA Baker studied telecommunications and theatrical design. He knew he wanted to make films, so he learned model building, special effects, and set design through his course work. As a student, his first job in the industry was at Cable 13 doing Larry Munson’s makeup for his Tuesday night show. After graduation, Baker found work at Nickelodeon doing props on the hit show Clarissa Explains it […]

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