Enjoy it, especially since it literally took days of research and work 🥳
To create the designs, his friend Hal Barwood (future LucasArts game designer) makes him meet @colincantwellcb (2001, A Space Odyssey) and Ralph McQuarrie, who are hired in November.
Cantwell: « George said that he wanted to do something very different from 2001".
"I met with Lucas to ask mostly about the role of the ship storywise. He seldom made suggestions on design changes."
Another one of Ralph’s favorite paintings was the Rebel base on the Yavin 4 moon. He liked that “everything is in full light reflected from the planet above.” But there will be budget cuts, later. (tinyurl.com/y2xvdo6p)
At @ILMVFX , founded in May 1975, model maker Grant McCune and his team Bill & Jamie Stout realized that than Cantwell's concept models, while fanciful and ornate, were by the same token impossible to photograph. (Making of SW)
Sketches by McQuarrie:
That's only the beginning. 😅
We don't have time to speak about the Dykstraflex motion control sytem (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dykstrafl…).
Model makers concentrated their efforts on the scene-stealing X-wing, building the Y's in smaller numbers.
No i don't know if this is the right model kit 😉
Photos by Steve Neisen (NICE-N Model Designs) modelermagic.com/?p=2801
Viskocil : « we had only one day to shoot something like eight or nine X-Wings and Y-Wings exploding at the Producer’s Studio – it was really something ! »
(I think the cartoon is great)
And don't forget:
With a Y-Wing featurette from the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray.
This music! 😍
What a space battle. What a compositing work of art.
Bill George was a SW fan. When ILM expanded in the early eighties for E.T., Star Trek II and Poltergeist, they hired more model makers. And Bill George came with his old home-made Y-wing.
By the way, Bill George made the B-Wing, too.
(yes, that's a thread for the B 🤫)
Next time: Expanded universe & Disney renaissance.
But it's really the last time I write a long thread here😅
We have 36 years left to go. We won't tell the whole story of the Y-Wing in all media, just the most notable (mostly, but not only, in video games). But the old ship still has some surprises to reveal.
The Dark Times.
With the exception of a few TV movies and cartoons for children, Star Wars fades from screens. The second half of the 1980s is totally empty.
In short, it's my childhood.
Yes, this thing is a Y-Wing by @ILMVFX ILM , during the Death Star attack scene. 😌
#StarTours will open in 1989 in Florida and Tokyo Disneyland, then 1992 at Disneyland Paris.
It will remain open until 2016 in France (2010 in USA, 2012 in Japan).
Save the prisoners from Kessel!
But there is live-action scenes somewhere, directed by Hal Barwood.
It was Rebel Assault II.
Hal Barwood, who directed Rebel Assault II's live-action scenes... You saw his name before. In this thread. Two decades sooner.
That's what I call "a full circle"
Same for live-action scenes: the first for a decade!
Here @JamisonJ0nes as Rookie One & Hal Barwood on the set:
Since then, we think the Bothans mentioned in Return of the Jedi stole the plans of the DS2. This is not the case in the current canon.
The eyes are mainly turned to the past of this universe, but the ships of the original trilogy are not totally forgotten.
Unless George Lucas oversees the production of a new TV series...
From now on, this Y-Wing BTL-B will appear in about twenty episodes of the series.
We're now "once", a few decades before the Death Star attack! Before the Dark Times.
"The Y-wing was a really fun project, bringing it back fully faired. We back-engineered the Y-wing and turned it back into a bomber." (archive.is/os3EO)
Here is the BTL-B in action.
In 2013, TCW is canceled, or "winding down" as they said (for a few years...) and Dave Finoli and his Lucasfilm Animation team begin work on SW Rebels. A series broadcast on @DisneyXD XD from autumn 2014.
However, thanks to the excellent Art of The Force Awakens written by @PhilSzostak , we can see the wreckage of a Y-Wing in Kira (Rey)'s garage, in a concept art by Luis Carrasco (May 2013).
To give the digital ships a model feel, @ILMVFX VFX supervisor John Knoll (who pitched this story for the Underworld canceled TV series, then this movie) came up with an ingenious plan.
As if the actor had not aged. And without digital rejuvenation.
From @jamistangroom : "They contacted me sometime in early October and said they wanted to use the footage, and could they? And I said, "Well yeah."
Only 2 months before Rogue One's release!
As showed by Jalopnik (jalopnik.com/how-do-the-new…)
This extension offers us a nice overview of what could be a modern "X-Wing flight simulator". Hello @EAStarWars 😘
Hello Y-Wings in the wonderful Galaxy of Adventures episode: "R2-D2 - A Pilot's Best Friend".
If it does not have armor like his ancestor, it's just fan service! But not just any fan service, since it's in-universe.
But wait, I need to publish these news tweets before a new Twitter crash 😅
Here's the #LEGO set:
And for that, we thank all the sites and writers that we quoted in this thread (as often as possible).
Oh, a @HobbySite 1:72 scale model 😍
1/ Sculpting a Galaxy by Lorne Peterson.
2/ The Making of Star Wars by @jwrinzler
3/ SW Storyboards: The Original Trilogy by J.W. Rinzler.
2/ SW Chronicles by Deborah Fine.
3/ Star Wars Technical Journal of the Rebel forces.
4/ From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives by Mark Cotta Vaz & Shinji Hata.