Friday, March 26, 2021

The Foss Brothers


The R1 on the left is fairly well known from the ANH scene where R2 and 3PO are sold by the Jawas, and it's also pretty established that the design was based on a book cover painted by Chris Foss. Much less well knows is that R1's brother on the right, who resides at Mos Eisley and is seen for all of a handful of frames in the background as our heroes arrive at that well known hive of scum and villainy. 

 These models are from all new photomatches of behind the scenes materials. I'm setting these up for a collaboration with the incomparable Jason Eaton.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

ANH Falcon Back Wall Misalignment

So it's fairly well known that the back wall of the Falcon's cockpit is a little wonky in the first movie

The story goes that on ANH (left) they built it to match the specs so that in pre-production it looked like its counterpart in ESB (right), and then at some point Lucas said he wanted the cockpit to feel more cramped and some last minute adjustments were made. I'm not entirely sure I buy the official story that Lucas wanted a smaller cockpit, if for no other reason than that it doesn't actually make the cockpit that much smaller. So is it just an error in assembly that got overlooked? Maybe they had to move it from one sound stage to another and on reassembly it just got wonky? But the rest of the production is so meticulous that I don't really think that's true. So who can really say...

Either way, I wanted to show how much it changed. Here's my examination of the back wall based on photomatches overlaid with the production blueprints.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

random holochess discovery

I was looking at the holochess table in the ESB main hold and it has some details that are different than the ANH version. ESB has these big white rectangular greebles, instead of the silver knobs on ANH. In fact they're still present on the table that's on display at disney studios

Knobs version on A New Hope

Slots version on Empire

then I was looking closer at the bits and realized they looked like upside down rocker switches
that are standard all over the Falcon

 when I put the rockers I'd already built into place they fit perfectly.

the bottom of them, if they are rockers, look pretty manufactured to me. I know that a bunch of the rockers in the real props are just painted wood, but at some point it was theorized they were based on something else, some other found part. Maybe seeing the bottom of them will jog someone's memory?

here's the complete set in the latest version of my ESB intieror model

Monday, May 18, 2020

the Star Wars (1955)

had a quick update for this vague on-going project of mine where I imagine that Star Wars is a remake of a long forgotten 50s TV show.

this is what Boba Fett's ship, Slave 1, might look like

Saturday, March 7, 2020

ESB Falcon interior - New Cockpit

here's another small update, working on bringing my cockpit in-line with the rest of my new photomatched interior. So far I've been able to pull in old models of the cockpit, move a few bits around, add a few bits I missed. One thing I'm seeing is that when I compare it the force awakens sets, which are basically ESB with tweaks, they really, REALLY, did their homework. Whatever else you could say about those movies, they really did the Falcon right in a way that's frankly amazing (imagine what could've been... imagine a fully redesigned Falcon-- Star Trek 2009 style. *DEEP SHUDDER OF HORROR*)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

ESB Falcon Interior

Testing out Twinmotion on the ESB interior model I've been working on. Still figuring it out, lots of funky camera moves, and lighting issues, but as a quick experiment I'm pretty happy with this! I've been doing interior renders like this since at least 2012, and this process is about a thousand times quicker and more satisfying than those early version, heh. Still so much to learn, but slow and steady wins the race... right?

Saturday, February 15, 2020

McQuarrie concept ship

Working on a Mando cockpit but in the meantime, this is a fun little ship I always loved when I’d flip through my worn copy of From Star Wars to Indiana Jones. It’s listed in the book as a Joe Johnston design, among many early Falcon sketches but might actually be a concept sketch by Ralph McQuarrie for Return of the Jedi-- it shows up in a few sketches by him for that movie.

Either way, I was somehow able to work my photomatch magic on it!