With Rogue One now available on Blu-ray and digital download here in the US, Lucasfilm’s dandy Dan Brooks spent some time speaking with Doug Chiang on the topic of selecting the design concepts used to create the various Imperial architecture seen in the film.
If you recall, Chiang conducted an earlier Rogue One design elements interview with Brooks over at StarWars.com back in December, so you’ll definitely want to check that out if you missed it initially (or as a refresher).
While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was very much a tale of rebellion, it wouldn’t really have been possible — or as successful a tale — without a powerful representation of tyranny. The film is filled with inventive architectural ideas of the Empire’s might, from a planetary shield gate to new perspectives on the Death Star. To mark Rogue One‘s arrival on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, StarWars.com asked the masterful Doug Chiang, co-production designer on Rogue One, to select some his favorite works of Imperial architecture concept art from the movie’s development (many of which would evolve as production continued) and tell us all about them.