Those of you who know me are aware that I like to have a project or two on the go. This one is way more interesting than the usual prop gun, helmet or spaceship you would usually find on my bench.
I am collecting Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens cast and crew autographs in a copy of "The Art of The Force Awakens" I'm going for 150 in total, including UK and US Art Departments, Creatures, Costume, SFX, Set Dec, VFX, Performers, Puppeteers, Principles, Producers and Directors.
It's taken almost 3 months, but with 73 signatures in the book I'm almost half way, and having just finished the pattern for what will become a cold-cast bronze display box, I thought it would be a good time to create a little blog.
Eventually, once all 150 signatures are in the book, it will be auctioned or even better, raffled with all of the money raised going to SENSE, a great charity for deafblind people, who (amongst other things) teach deafblind children and their parents how to communicate with each other.
The pattern for the display box.
I've got a few pages that are looking pretty full so far. This one is loaded with many of the heads of department that worked on VII, from the Art Department, SFX, Costume, Set Dec, Creatures, Construction and Props...
Neil Lamont (Supervising Art Director), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Michael Kaplan, (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature Creative Supervisor), Pierre Bohanna (Costume FX Supervisor), Dave Crossman (Costume Supervisor), Lee Sandales (Set Decorator), Paul Hayes (Construction Supervisor) and Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master).
Many of the concept artists that I've managed to contact, who were unable to sign in person, have very kindly done some great little illustrations with their signatures, that have been mounted into the book. Here are a few examples...
Doug Chiang (Concept Artist)
Erik Tiemens (Concept Artist)
Thom Tenery (Concept Artist)
This afternoon I managed to add Dave Filoni to my page of Star Wars Directors...
Rian Johnson (Director ''Star Wars: Episode VIII), Gareth Edwards (Director 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'),
Dave Filoni (Supervising Director 'Star Wars: Rebels')
Here is another cool page. BB-8's makers and puppeteers...
Josh Lee (Senior Animatronic Designer), Matt Denton (Electronic Development Supervisor), Brian Herring (Puppeteer)
and Dave Chapman (Puppeteer)
You get the picture. I've got a load of pages that I still need to pop up here and I'll be adding more as I collect the signatures. The hard part is still to come... getting the principles. Wish me luck.