Grant McCune, the Chief Modelmaker who received a Visual Effects Oscar for Star Wars and was nominated for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), chats with Popular Mechanics about the secrets of good modelmaking and how to perfect your work like the pros.
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.
Read the full interview here:
4 Questions for Star Wars Modelmaker Grant McCune
(via Popular Mechanics)
Also be sure to check out this article on Starwars.com where McCune and his fellow ILM modelmakers chat about their work:
30 Years: Star Wars — Great To Be Nominated