Rebuilding The Classic Ships & Vehicles For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

From the Death Star to X-Wings in the battle on and above the planet Scarif, ‘Rogue One‘ was chock-full of out-of-this-world moments that brought the magic of the Star Wars universe to new heights. And in a new video with Model Effects Supervisor Russ Paul, you can get a better understanding of the process behind rebuilding some of the classic ships and vehicles for the film…


Back when the first teaser for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit, fans started wondering if the special effects of the film would be able to match up with the rest of the series. Well, we got that answer when ‘Rogue One’ and its amazing effects hit the big screen this past December.


Now, get an inside look at how a team at ILM created the effects, along with plenty of other behind-the-scenes details that went into bringing this film to life. Did you know that originally they used parts from different model sets to create some of your favorite vehicles and ships for the film?


Check it out!




Source: Hollywood Life: According to Ny MaGee



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15 thoughts on “Rebuilding The Classic Ships & Vehicles For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • January 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Interesting video! not one mention of the 1000s plus UK workforce who designed the film! ILM love taking all the credit!

    • January 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Well they are specifically focusing on the model building and how they tried to recreate that digitally. Which is pretty much all ILM…

      • January 4, 2017 at 11:48 pm

        Adavanter Mki did you work on Rogue one? because I did!

        • January 4, 2017 at 11:56 pm

          And you designed it, did you? Your name wouldn’t be “Ainsworth” by any chance now?

          • January 5, 2017 at 12:10 am

            ha ha ha NO

    • January 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      1000 plus people “designed the film”? What a difficult way to make a movie. Why would they do that?

  • January 4, 2017 at 10:06 am

    yes interesting video. But wow – thats the most annoying camera work ever, i mean it feels almost deliberately annoying – it’s so bad.

    • January 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

      In one side I would say it wasn’t easy for the cameraman to get that filmed. The ILM guy is moving from screens to real models all the time and the space is tiny, so the camera was struggling. In the other side… since cameras get smooth stabilization, some people gets a little bit crazy moving the camera.

    • January 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      That terrible video stabilization software isn’t helping either.

  • January 4, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    As fascinating as the subject of this video is to me, the main thing that comes to mind is why my mother never let my Dad operate our home movie camera when I was little. Jesus man, STOP and take more than an eighth of a second to FOCUS on something, willya?

    I had to stop watching after about five minutes. Which is a damned shame, because this is a subject that’s been a special fascination for me since I was about 10 years old.

    • January 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Agreed. To me it looks like somebody had a cell phone attached to a fishing line to film it.

  • January 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    This makes me want to hunt down older models and recreate my own 3 foot Star Destroyer…

    Not even kidding.

    • January 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Go check out Therpf. There are some good threads identifying parts and kits for the Falcon, the 8′ ISD, and the 3′ ISD. Then quietly back away when you realize what the cost involved would be 🙂

  • January 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    “Did you know that originally they used parts from different model sets to create some of your favorite vehicles and ships for the film?”
    What?!!! You’re telling me…let me get this straight now…that ILM built MODELS…which they filmed and then put into the film?

  • January 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    This guy will be played by David Cross in the movie about his life.

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