Interview with the inventor of R2-D2

Grant McCunePopular Mechanics have a short interview with Grant McCune – the man who designed R2-D2 and the Millenium Falcon.

Here is an excerpt:

What’s the secret to making a good model?

For motion picture miniatures and production miniatures, I’ve always told people to get a good background in photography first.

The most important thing is what you see with your eye. Movies are a lot different from reality. This is because you’ve isolated the viewer’s eye to a certain spot—you can’t look anywhere else.

If you’re a photographer, you get the idea of what you need to do by analyzing what it is that needs to be set and where it is and how much detail it should have. All the best people who ever worked for me were first good with the eye. 

Check out the full interview at the website of Popular Mechanics.

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> Grant McCune at the IMDb
> The website for Grant McCune Design