Now that the year of Han Solo’s solo film is coming to a close (yes, it came out in 2018), it’s time to take a look back at how exactly the smuggler’s origin story bridged the gap between history and beloved fan canon. They explained so much within the narrative, but the visuals were where much of the unsung story was told. Whether they were using “old school” VFX techniques or making highly complex new computer models, the special effects artists were the MVPs of Solo: A Star Wars Story -- and now you can hear from their side of things.
In a new video from Industrial Light & Magic, effects artists like effects supervisor Patrick Tubach and design supervisor James Clyne explain creating a ship that would tell the story of moving from the smooth criminality of Lando Calrissian to the scrappy, busted-up rebellion of Han Solo.
Check it out:
That’s a Millennium Falcon with a lot to say. The ship’s spotlight shows off some of the nitty-gritty computer modeling that went into defining its differences from the original trilogy’s Falcon -- all while explaining its significance to the story at large. The addition of an escape pod -- used in the climax of the film -- and new guns make it Lando’s own... which mean that they all had to go over the course of the film in order to become Han’s.
Hopefully Star Wars fans will be able to see the Falcon take flight again very soon when Episode IX drops on Dec. 20 of next year.