An interesting technical aside for those so inclined -
Rogue One, the latest installment in the Star Wars epic series is now approaching a billion dollars at the box office.
For this prequel to the original Star Wars episode, Disney / LucasFilm / ILM had to bring back the character of Grand Moff Tarkin, Supreme Commander of the Death Star.
In the 1977 original, Tarkin was played masterfully by the celebrated British actor, Peter Cushing. He was so bloody good at it, there was simply no one else who would do to take his place. Complicating matters however, was the fact that Mr. Cushing had died in 1994.
The solution: new technology.
Peter Cushing was magically summoned for a posthumous performance through the wizardry of the folks at Industrial Light and Magic, ILM. With their state-of-the-art CGI technology, the artists and engineers at ILM created a highly precise 3D model of Cushing’s head. One of the tools they deployed was a high quality 3D Laser Scanner from NextEngine. Several engineers on the TextBlade development team had previously developed that scanner. 3D Scanners are actually quite complex, and very hard to do well.
On a recent ABC News NightLine broadcast, the people and technology that brought Grand Moff Tarkin back to life were showcased. Video showing the NextEngine scanner starts around 3:47.
The best and the brightest artists and engineers made this new blockbuster movie, and they chose the best tools to do it.
To help make Star Wars? Total nerd-heaven!
We can’t wait to read that next best-seller novel, that was typed on TextBlade. Major Joy!
In a nutshell, why we do this.