With scarce details about Star Wars: The Force Awakens only trickling out occasionally, any time we get to see a new angle of the most fabled ship in the entire Star Wars saga is generally worthy of a mention. With the Millenium Falcon getting a few minor design tweaks as we learned from the recently released teaser trailer, we can now take a bit of a closer look at the latest iteration of the Falcon thanks to the cover and feature story in the latest issue of Fortune magazine.
For a piece profiling Disney CEO Bob Iger, Fortune worked with perennial Star Wars effects house Industrial Light & Magic in order to place Iger in the same room as the Millenium Falcon. It turns out that this wasn’t exactly a cut-and-dry process in which they could simply have Iger stand near the Falcon‘s model, as the sets for the film were mostly in England and Iger himself was in New York. ILM had to use their CGI model of the Falcon, constructed for use in the post-production for The Force Awakens, to create these images. See them below:
While there’s nothing necessarily earth-shattering being revealed in the new photos of the ship, its still pretty interesting to see that the iconic image of sci-fi that is the Millenium Falcon is starting to see some major exposure once again. In a piece on Fortune‘s website detailing exactly how the images were made, the collaboration with the effects artists at ILM is given major importance in creating the images, as well as determining what they could show since we’re still just about a year off from the December 2015 release of The Force Awakens. The piece partially reads,
As for the cover shot, Yannick Dusseault, visual effects art director for The Force Awakens, and his team gave Fortune six options showing the Falcon in different ways. The resulting image required the custom rendering of ILM’s computer generated Falcon. According to ILM, the fabled ship was rendered in wireframe form (a skeletal version) as well as a more layered “textured render,” which were combined in Photoshop to create the final image.
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