After catching a quick look of Han Solo’s iconic ship in the trailer, Fortune Magazine has revealed a close-up look at the Millennium Falcon. The article doesn’t reveal anything new about the upcoming film.
After the jump, check out more pictures of the ship along with how the magazine got the shots.
Lucasfilm’s special effects division, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), worked with Fortune to create both the cover and opening photograph in the story, an inside look at the innovative technologies used across Disney’s diverse businesses and brands. The collaboration started with our photo shoot with CEO Iger earlier this month in New York. The photos were then turned over to ILM to, well, work their magic. Not surprisingly, the secretive division was mum about the exact process for creating the realistic shot of Iger standing right on set, casually leaning against a chunk of metal (the image seen in the opening pages of the story).
As for the cover shot, Yannick Dusseault, visual effects art director for The Force Awakens, and his team gave Fortune six options showing the Falcon in different ways. The resulting image required the custom rendering of ILM’s computer generated Falcon. According to ILM, the fabled ship was rendered in wireframe form (a skeletal version) as well as a more layered “textured render,” which were combined in Photoshop to create the final image.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ comes to theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyongo’o, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Warwick Davis, Max Von Sydow and Domhall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.