City Art Centre,
THE ART OF STAR WARS
THE ART OF STAR WARS exhibition goes behind the scenes to reveal the various creative stands which have combined to create the world of the Star Wars saga.
The section of the exhibition on CONCEPT DESIGN explores George Lucas' collaboration with artists to realise his vision. It features original conceptual drawings and production paintings by Ralph McQuarrie, known for their detailed depiction of the Star Wars universe, and paintings by Doug Chiang, who created a new visual landscape for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
Key MODELS from the films will be on display, including the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Starfighter (both from the original Star Wars trilogy) and Anakin's Podracer from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
George Lucas' company, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) has revolutionised the art of VISUAL EFFECTS with the Star Wars films. The exhibition looks at the collaboration betwen traditional artists and computer graphic artists to create dramatic characters and environments, tracing the development of the characters Jabba the Hutt and Jar Jar Binks from conceptual drawings and clay models to computer rendering and final CG (computer generated) image.
COSTUME DESIGN is a key element in the Star Wars story. A special section in the exhibition will will focus on the original Darth Vader and stormtrooper costumes. They will be shown in a dramatic environment incorporating lighting and sound effects. Unique conceptual drawings and costume designs by Ralph McQuarrie , Norman Reynolds and Joe Johnston will be contrasted with other original film costumes. These include Luke Skywalker's Jedi costume from Return of the Jedi and Princess Leia's Hoth costume in The Empire Strikes Back.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are the exquisite costumes designed for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace by Edinburgh-trained Iain McCaig and Scot Tricia Biggar. The centrepiece will be two of Queen Amidala's elaborate gowns shown in tableaux with accompanying handmaidens gowns.
CREATURES AND CHARACTERS are vivid components in all the Star Wars films. Conceptual drawings by Ralph McQuarrie (the original trilogy) and Terryl Whitlach (The Phantom Menace) will be on display, along with clay models for creature characters such as Yoda.
characters C-3PO and R2-D2 are among the brightest stars
in the Star Wars constellation. Original designs for these popular characters,
by Ralph McQuarrie, and
whether it be composed music, sound effects or dialogue, sound has played
an important part in the Star Wars films. Sound designer Ben Burt has
been responsible for creating the unique Star Wars sound effects and lanaguages
while John Williams has composed dramatic scores for all four films.
The Edinburgh showing of The Art of Star Wars exhibition represents a major investment by the City of Edinburgh Council and its Culture and Leisure Department. The success of the project, however, is underlined by the support given by a series of organisations.
Exhibition Sponsor is The Royal Bank of Scotland. Announcing the sponsorship,
Ian Bell, Senior Manager for The Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh,
Support has also been pledged by Scottish Enterprise, Edinburgh and Lothians, and Scotland's biggest selling Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Mail is the exhibition's media partner.
As of 1 February 2002, joint promotional campaigns have been agreed with Scottish Radio Holdings, Scotrail, Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board and Murray Motor Company.