Friday, February 19, 2010

Project Review:Star Wars Trilogy DVD Packaging

The Finished Full Render[inset shows final packaging].

The Wire Reference Model with the surface model started at the nose.

Surface Model is proceeding across the face.

Surface Model almost complete for face mask part including the neck.

The finished surface model with the extra bits.


Client: Lucas Film LTD via The Cimarron Group.
Art Director Cheryl Savala.
Project Date: Spring 2004.

The DVD Trilogy set was coming out yet again and we were tasked in creating the packaging for it. I was tasked with building out Darth Vaders iconic Helmet, and as usual in the Advertising world I had just over a day to do it.

This where I used techniques from automotive design to build this out quickly and accurately. You can see above that I built out a wire model for the basic structure, as the mask is basically like a car, a continuous single surface with fillets and rounds as this is a molded part.

Once I got the proportions and main surfaces of the face done in the wire "reference model", I started with a cylinder at the nose and went from there. The total time was about 10 Hrs to model the full job with 2 Hrs of material and pre-lighting before I did the 4500x 6600 LARGE final artwork. So I delivered this to Cheryl on time under budget at 12 Hrs.

Sadly the only piece that was used was the chrome points from the mouth, as they went with a stylized illustration instead for the finish.

Cheers, THOM

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