Watch the Death Star's Construction in This Incredible Time-Lapse Video

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 11:49AM
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 11:49AM
Watch the Death Star's Construction in This Incredible Time-Lapse Video
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If you've ever imagined what it would take to actually build the Death Star, you finally have an answer. 

Despite having its own Owner's ManualStar Wars fans never get tired of asking questions about the Death Star.
 
Is the Death Star large enough to create its own gravity?

Turns out that's a "no."
 
Why does it have a trench?

Because Colin Cantwell, one of the main designers and artists behind the ships and vehicles, didn't want to spend a week fixing a flaw in the mold. 
 
How much would it cost to build the Death Star?

According to Tracy Newby
, who served on our "Science of Star Wars" panel this year at Silicon Valley Comic-Con, it would take around 15.6 septillion dollars or "1.4 trillion times the current national U.S. debt."
 
How did they build the Death Star?

Well, two brothers are here to help us visualize the process in the coolest time-lapse video we've seen in a while.

Check out the video below:
 
 
According to the description on the video, published by Benjamin Botkin:
 
Opening quote
This video is a personal project (fan film) created by myself and my FX-guru brother Isaac Botkin. He planned and crafted all the visuals in Lightwave 3D, and I composed the original score. The goal was to come up with an original melody, but keep it very much within the style and flavor of John William's iconic Star Wars scores.
Closing quote
 
Between the epic music (which was composed entirely with virtual instruments) and the amazing attention to detail (like the ships zipping around and the mini-schematic at the end), this little video looks like something ILM would put in its annual VFX reel.

There's an uncanny moment around 1:04 in the video where the Death Star's internal structures resemble Austro-Hungarian scientist Herman Potocnik's vision of a rotating space station, which became one of the most iconic designs in science fiction.
 
You can check out Ben Botkin's website here, and his brother Isaac's website here.
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