In A VFX School Not So Far Away

Forty years ago, George Lucas brought his far away galaxy to the masses and the world was hooked. Many artists and visionaries played important roles in bringing the Star Wars world to life, including concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. If Lucas had stayed true to McQuarrie’s concepts we might have seen a version of Star Wars that featured a Han Solo with green skin and gills, Stormtroopers with lightsabers, and a female heroine named Luka Starkiller.

As a lifelong Star Wars and McQuarrie fan, DAVE School final project instructor Matt Killian decided to bring the idea of creating a film trailer based on McQuarrie’s concept art with the look and feel of 1977 and the August and October 2017 portfolio production students rose to the challenge. Whether working with live action green screen plates or completely creating the CG shot, the students created a 2:35 second trailer that McQuarrie could be proud of.

The Trailer shows many familiar elements of the Star Wars Franchise we know and love, such as lightsabers, lovable droids and epic space battles, but there are rather notable difference such as Chewie favoring Zeb Orellios, Luke is known as Luka, and very different Millennium Falcon design.

Image from “Star Wars™ Art Ralph McQuarrie”

Image from “The Star Wars: Concept Trailer – Dave School Student Project”

Image from “Star Wars™ Art Ralph McQuarrie”

Image from “The Star Wars: Concept Trailer – Dave School Student Project”

Image from “Star Wars™ Art Ralph McQuarrie”

Image from “The Star Wars: Concept Trailer – Dave School Student Project”

Located on the back lot of Universal Studios, Florida, The DAVE School is housed within Sound Stage 25 and The DAVE School curriculum is set up to mimic a real visual effects or game studio experience. The 12-month on-ground Game Production and Visual Effects Production programs offer access to the 35,000 square foot studio facility, a massive 65 foot green screen, a voice over booth, and motion capture stage.

Enrollment for aspiring artists requires an individual portfolio evaluation showing strong samples of creativity, an aptitude for creative problem solving and a passion for the industry. Only the best portfolios pass the demanding selection process so competition is fierce, but the rewards are unparalleled. If you want to work on projects like The Star Wars Concept Trailer and train to work in the visual effects or gaming industry, take your first step towards the career of your dreams at daveschool.com.


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