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Discussion: Star Wars Toy Millenium Falcon Motion Control

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Had fun with my motion control rig over the christmas break and shot some old school miniature motion control effects using a $20 Revell SnapTite Millennium Falcon.

The Revell Snaptite toy is 8.25 inches in length.

All elements are 100 percent real! No CGI. Did a bit of weathering paint job, added LED lighting and 3 mounting points to the toy and he was looking pretty good. Also added real 35mm scratches and grain scanned with my 35mm scanner.

Even though the current Dynamic Perception motion control software is limited to 2 keyframes - not allowing advanced motion control moves, the results are very interesting. Pretty amazing to be able to pull off one man crew shots like this in an afternoon when it would take days and dozen of people in the early 1980s. Their new software coming up will have unlimited keyframes - can’t wait for that.

Check out the video here: https://vimeo.com/150305572

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Good stuff. I’ve been on the fence about the Revell models, both because of their scale and the fact that they’re snap-togethers, but this looks good enough that now I think I might pick up a couple.

It also goes without saying that the effects work itself is marvelous. Did you build the motion control rig from scratch?

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Wow, that really is amazing. I wish more films would combine practical effects and computer composition to this extent.

What’s the internal temperature of a TaunTaun? Luke warm.

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Impressive! Most impressive!

Does Adywan know about you? 😃

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Where were you in '77?

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Incredible really.

I’ve PM’d/made a private topic to you.

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That’s fantastic. Really.

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