At the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosted event last week that contrasted the analog technologies developed for the first Star Wars film in 1977 with the all-digital toolsets used to create 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it was revealed that the Death Star was a late addition to the Rogue One trailer.
It was early 2016, and the scheduled release of the first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer was coming up fast. But something was missing.
“Just a few weeks before the first trailer of Rogue One came out, a decision was made that there needed to be this Death Star reveal within the trailer,” recalled Rachel Rose, who worked as a visual effects artist on Rogue One. “But this was something we weren’t expecting to actually do.”
Indeed, one of the most striking shots from that first trailer came together at the last minute. It was one of many secrets and stories told at “Galactic Innovations: Star Wars and Rogue One,” an event on Thursday night at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The evening included presentations from visual effects artists from 1977’s Star Wars to 2016’s Rogue One. Kicking off with Academy president John Bailey entering with a military escort from two Stormtroopers, the event was hosted by Kiri Hart, who formed the Lucasfilm Story Group and was a co-producer of Rogue One and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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