Friday, March 9, 2018

Falcon Lands at Cloud City

I made this render years ago, 2015-ish as a test, and just redicovered it in my archives.

I made it primarily to showcase the landing gear extending and ramp lowering, which I'd never seen before.

Also just for fun, here's the first ramp animation I made way back in 2012. I may be wrong, but at the time I was pretty convinced I was the first to show the ramp in motion... prove me wrong, cause I'd love to see other takes on it!

be sure to stick around for an interior view of the ramp opening (there's a big pause in the middle of this video that makes it seem like it's over. Didn't know how to edit video then...)

Friday, February 23, 2018

This explains a great deal...

The nose of the full-scale prop of the Falcon that was built for the Force Awakens and updated for Last Jedi has bothered me for years now. It's SO HUGE. it's a big weird box in the middle of an otherwise perfect reproduction of the props used on A New Hope and Empire, and by extension the 5' filming model.

Set of the Last Jedi

set of ANH

the difference is so extreme that they even fixed the nose in post at the end of TFA, you can see the fullscale details on the left (starboard) and the CG asset based on the 5' Falcon on the right (port) composited on top of it.

 I've been pulling my hair out trying to figure out why they did it... but maybe I now have an answer.


the lines converge a little too perfectly....

Now I'll admit that it makes no sense for the design phase of Solo to be in the works when TFA was in production....

But then again... the nose is just so glaringly wrong. Every other part of the ship looks fine, and they had all the original blueprints, no other falcon looks like that, even the 32" has a jaw box that's looks more normal. I'm just saying, it's a possibility. Or a hell of a coincidence.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Actual Depth of Docking Bay 327

There's a little known forced perspective feature of the Deathstar Docking Bay in A New Hope. Right below the main port there are stripes and chevrons similar to the ones on the deck beneath the Falcon in overhead shots.

They've been tapered so that they appear to converge on the same vanishing point as the rest of the bay, when viewed from a certain angle

Now, the overhead shot in the movie shows that airlock kinda right behind the ship. This matte paint has a lot of other weird issues, but the airlock is pretty much where it sits on the soundstage.

here's an orthgraphic view of the docking bay as it appears on the soundstage (note the distorted stripes on the left hand)

but if you extend the forced perspective chevrons out so that they match the size and spacing of the markings under the Falcon...

that's a much deeper bay...

and should look something like...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Before and After

I guess we always knew Han wasn't the tidiest space bachelor around... but goddamn... no wonder Lando says "WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY SHIP?"

personally I'm digging that overhead light. It reminds me of the kitchen in ET for some reason.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The trailer for Solo is officially a blast. Naysayers beware, I seriously do not care about your opinion. I'm excited and I plan to stay excited.

But it wouldn't be Deeply Obsessed without poking at the details...

They changed the Falcon, like I previously posted, and I'm actually fine with the changes. It looks good in action and it pays beautiful homage to Ralph McQuarrie's concept painting for our favoirte pirate ship... But I just saw the underside of the Falcon in Solo and... so... Ok, here's the thing. in 1977, the millennium falcon had three landing gear, two in the back and one in the front. And then in Empire two more were added in the front along with some huge boxes set into the saucer. The story goes they were added for stability when the 86-foot freestanding prop was built for the rebel base. And I'm totally fine with the in-universe idea that Han modified the ship between the two stories and added more landing gear... BUT... the version in the Solo movie has 5 landing gear and the extra boxes. You're telling me Han got the ship before A New Hope, knocked off two landing gear... and put them back on in Empire? what? Haha, as I'm writing this I can hear how petty and niggling my gripe is. but come on!

So my going theory is that they're using the same full-size prop on Solo that they used on Force Awakens and Last Jedi, which has 5 landing gear, and they've just set dressed it to look like the new 'old' falcon. Rather than spending money to take off landing gear, either on the prop or in post, the production department said "no one really cares, right? hmm, but I do have this weird feeling... a disturbance in the force... and a name coming out of the void... the name Stinson? and he's PISSED... but I have no clue who that is... anyway, like I said, who cares?"

heh, anyway... before the trailer came out, I had wondered if there were going to be 3 or 5 landing gear, and I joked that I was gonna walk if I found out there were 5. Well, I found out, and guess what? I'm still excited as @#%!! to see this movie. Come on May.

here's a render I made last year, supposing that the production department was gonna troll us Falcon aficionados and add not just 2 extra landing gear, but 20...

it could always be worse!