Fans previously caught a glimpse of the iconic Millennium Falcon from next year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the first trailer released in November, along with a number of set photos, concept art and videos from the set. Today, Fortune Magazine reveals the first close-up shots of Han Solo's (Harrison Ford) ship from the original Star Wars trilogy. Take a look at an excerpt from Fortune's story, which explains how ILM worked with the magazine for this unique photo shoot with Bob Iger and the Millennium Falcon.
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.
Unfortunately, we have no further details on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but perhaps we'll learn more when Fortune's full cover story debuts from the January 2015 issue. With just under one year left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, hopefully LucasFilm and Disney will be releasing more photos, footage and plot details in the very near future. In the meantime, check out the images from Fortune below.