Sunday, March 04, 2012

One thing I've always given Lucas credit for--he never minimized this man's contributions

Ralph McQuarrie, visual designer of 'Star Wars,' passes away at 82

Simply put, the choices he made regarding the design of the world of "Star Wars" were one of the main reasons that film resonated ... with generations of viewers.

-Quoting from the above post by "Drew McWeeny."

It's my understanding that after the first film opened in 1977 and became what it did, McQuarrie was one of those to whom George Lucas retroactively offered profit points/participation. He didn't "need" to do that, and I think we know some people wouldn't have.

But Lucas had literally sold Star Wars on the basis of McQuarrie's paintings--and I do mean "literally," literally: In pitch meetings with the studios, Lucas would present the work he'd commissioned McQuarrie to do in order to evoke the style he hoped to with the film...

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