Amazing Image Dump Shows 140 ILM Models For Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 7:55AM
Star Wars
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 7:55AM
Amazing Image Dump Shows 140 ILM Models For Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy
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Image Credit: ILM via Imgur
A long time ago (1977 - 1983) in a galaxy far, far away (somewhere on planet California), what you youngsters know as CGI had yet to exist in any meaningful way.

If you wanted spacecraft in your Campbellian galactic hero's journey, you had to build it yourself, piece by painstaking piece.

A recent post on Reddit by Ironicalogical of a not-so-recent image dump on Imgur (so karma! much points!) shows just how much work went into building the model vehicles in the original Star Wars trilogy.

From the Millennium Falcon to early prototypes of X-Wing fighters, steady-handed and steely-eyed designers and builders at Industrial Light and Magic spent hundreds of hours putting these together long before the days of 3-D printing (and needless CGI justifying the gunning down of Greedo in Mos Eisley).

The influence that engineers like Dennis Muren (who is featured prominently in these pics and in our cover photo) and the rest of the ILM team had didn't just stop at movie-making or special effects: their work inspired future generations of filmmakers, astronauts, scientists, artists, writers, and – for better or for worse—high-powered agents and entertainment lawyers.

Without the work, we might still be in the Plan 9 From Outer Space era of special eff... well, if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. Here's a look back at some of ILM's work.

140 up-close photos of ship and vehicle models constructed by ILM for the Original Star Wars Trilogy (1977-1983)

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If you liked this, you'll also love this infographic showing every type of Empire trooper in the Star Wars universe and this survey of the various types of lightsabers.
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