Curt Chiarelli has been providing innovative design, sculpture and
illustration services for the Motion Picture/Television, Toy/Collectible,
Interactive Video Game, Publishing and Museum Exhibit industries
for nearly 20 years. A native born and bred Chicagoan, Curt began
his career early at the age of 20 when he was contracted to create
storyboards for the McDonald's Corporation.
At the age of 23 and barely out of college, he became this country's
youngest production designer when he was hired by HBO to art direct
a comedy feature presentation, Men Will Be Boys.
From that point forward he began to receive a steady stream of
commissions until his first major career breakthrough occurred in
1991 when he created the stop-motion animation model of the character,
Goro, for the Williams Electronics international blockbuster hit
video arcade game, Mortal Kombat.
In 1994 he left his staff position in the Exhibit Design Department
at the John G. Shedd Aquarium to accept an invitation from Skellington
Productions to join their team in the creation of the stop-motion
animation models and effects for the feature length motion picture,
James and the Giant Peach. Noticing that his employment prospects
were much enhanced and the weather far more accommodating, he decided
to remain in the balmy climes of California.
Now, 10 years later, after several significant commissions, having
his work featured in the prestigious Spectrum anthologies, a rewarding
collaboration with world renowned fantasy illustrator, Boris Vallejo,
a high-profile commission creating the action figures for the record-breaking
Halo video game product line and teaching advanced-level courses
at several local universities, he has purchased a home and studio
in the San Francisco Bay Area where, to the background strains of
everything from J. S. Bach to Jerry Goldsmith, he continues to harness
the wellsprings of his imagination for such clientele as Microsoft
Corporation/Bungie Studios, Miller Brewing Company, Gemmy Corporation,
Walt Disney Productions, Universal Studios, Steve Johnson's Edge
FX, The Cartoon Network, MTV, Lucasfilm Licensing, Warner Bros.
Toys, RC 2 Corporation/JoyRide Studios, Hasbro Toys, Moore Action
Collectibles, McFarlane Toys, Playing Mantis Toys, Fisher-Price
Toys, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Comic! s Distribution, Conte Collectibles,
The Franklin Mint, The Noble Collection, Ashton-Drake Galleries,
Illusive Concepts, Mattel Interactive, 3DO, Electronic Arts, Accolade
and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, amongst many
Member of the National Sculpture Society, the Society of Vertebrate
Paleontology, the Film Music Society and the Association of Science
Fiction and Fantasy Artists.