Of the 18 theatrical films John Carpenter has directed, there's a reason why you see a lot of the same cast and crew names repeated from project to project. By the accounts of those who kept signing on to collaborate with Carpenter, the man ran a creative and efficient ship where days were made and the vision was singular.
The Thing was the fourth collaboration with Carpenter for both director of photography Dean Cundey and associate producer/first assistant director Larry J. Franco. And both would continue to work with John on others films, including Big Trouble in Little China.
And for actor Keith David, The Thing was his first theatrical credit, so working on a Carpenter set became the benchmark for what a great creative environment could be.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Thing's release on June 25, we present the third of four exclusive interviews with Cundey, David and Franco in which they explain how John Carpenter made The Thing set unique (listen up, future filmmakers!):