Posts Tagged ‘Lucasfilm’



Sculptor Lawrence Noble’s Long Journey with Yoda

Steve Sansweet | January 20, 2014
Lawrence Noble’s bronze Yoda welcomes visitors to Lucasfilm headquarters at the Presidio (Photo By R. Sheridan)

Lawrence Noble’s bronze Yoda welcomes visitors to Lucasfilm headquarters at the Presidio. (Photo By R. Sheridan)

The thing about life-changing experiences is that you never know when they’re going to happen. For sculptor Lawrence Noble, it came in a darkened theater watching an advance screening of The Empire Strikes Back, seated next to his longtime friend and fellow artist John Alvin. And it happened because of a major and risky gamble by George Lucas.

Yoda was going to be the heart and soul of Empire. But could a puppet carry that large a burden? With the creation of creature master Stuart Freeborn and the incredible puppetry and voice of Frank Oz, Yoda not only worked but was magical!

Speed forward nearly 34 years, and the iconic Yoda statue that graces a fountain at Lucasfilm’s headquarters at San Francisco’s Presidio, as well as three other monumental bronzes created by Noble, has brought him, George Lucas and the late landscape architect on the project, Lawrence Halprin, the prestigious Henry Hering Memorial Medal for Art and Architecture for 2014, awarded by the National Sculptural Society, founded in New York in 1893. The award is given for outstanding collaboration between owner, architect, and sculptor in the distinguished use of sculpture in an architectural project.

For a talented artist as well as a diehard Star Wars fan, the award couldn’t be more gratifying for Noble, who is currently San Francisco Academy of Art University’s Sculpture Chair. Noble’s father was a fan of science fiction and fantasy, and the first time Lawrence saw Star Wars it blew him away. “It hit me on so many levels — certainly including the visual one.”

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Seven Pages of Inspiration

Steve Sabellico | August 21, 2013

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When Luke Skywalker stared out at the twin Tatooine suns at the beginning of Star Wars, he had no idea the adventure he was about to embark on, where it would take him, and what legacy he would leave behind. Little did he know he was exactly where he was supposed to be and his “first step into a larger world” was about to be taken. My name is Steve Sabellico and I work in the Business Affairs department at Lucasfilm Ltd. on productions including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII. Like Luke, my quest was triggered by an event — not the dropping off of droids for sale, but a delivery of a different sort.

A magazine.

Cue fanfare and “Main Title” theme…

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San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night: Lucasfilm Pavilion

Mary Franklin | July 17, 2013

This year at San Diego Comic-Con International, we did a reset on our pavilion that I just love. To give it the feel of classic Star Wars movie fun, my boss Howard Roffman suggested iconic comic art. It’s perfect.

I pulled out my Star Wars: Panel to Panel books and scanned dynamic art that I loved, and pulled comic art from a number of time periods, then cropped it and created dummy layouts that were later rezzed-up, moved around, and perfected by people much more talented than I am.

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Lucasfilm Sidewalk Art Festival Winners & Highlights

StarWars.com Team | October 12, 2012
Photo: Tina Mills

Photo: Tina Mills

Last Friday, a sidewalk became a Star Wars- and Indiana Jones-themed art gallery.

The first annual Lucasfilm Sidewalk Art Festival was held between buildings A and B of the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco’s Presidio, with original chalk art created by teams consisting of four or fewer Lucasfilm employees. From photo-realistic portraits to Simpsons-style reinterpretations, the final results were truly stunning.

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From hard-bitten reporter to unabashed geek: A fan’s tale

Steve Sansweet | July 3, 2012

SW column May 1987 (c) Dow Jones & Co.

People often ask how I got involved with Lucasfilm. There are several answers, some less embarrassing than others.

In 1987, just a few months after I had become Los Angeles Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, and well aware of the upcoming Star Wars 10th Anniversary, I proposed an editorial page column looking back at and assessing the amazing cultural phenomenon and Lucas’ career. I had never written for the edit page before, but the New York editors said yes. Then I—a fiercely independent, hard-bitten journalist who had once spent two years tracking down and reporting on multinational corporate bribery scandals—began fantasizing about my first visit to the fabled Skywalker Ranch and a chat with George Lucas. Oh, the cruelty of daydreams that dissipate as quickly as a cold front during an Orlando summer!

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