Last month I was honored to be the operator of the screen used R2-D2 from Star Wars Episode VI, The Force Awakens. R2 ran down the red carpet, alongside fellow droid C3P0, appeared onstage with the entire cast, was a photo op at the after party, and the following day appeared in the group photo in front of a Boeing Dreamliner painted as R2-D2.
For me this was a childhood dream come true, and the adventure of a lifetime. Everyone was kind and approachable, and excited to be a part of the largest premiere in Hollywood history. Special thanks to my friends at Lucasfilm and Disney who have given me so many opportunities. You are the best people to work for hands down. Thank you!
At the beginning of the red carpet.
The whole event took place inside this tent...over 1/4 mile long!
The fans and media loved the droids.
I was pointing out a mutual friend to George Lucas.
My view from stage right inside the Dolby Theater.
The droid team! Matt Denton / Josh Lee (BB-8), C3P0 and Myself.
Daisy Ridley was kind enough to take a photo with my camera. So sweet!
Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Oscar Issac
I have been working on R2-D2 once again, and the paint color has become my new project. Over the last few months I have tried over a half dozen different colors. While on Facebook, I noticed several R2 builders post a rattle can paint they said was a perfect match for what we call "R2 Blue".
I was skeptical that a single color would do the trick, as the paint appears to have shades of blue and purple when viewed at different angles and in various light. Needless to say, I ran to my local auto parts dealer and found a can. To my surprise, it was a perfect match!
Several cans later, I have all the parts repainted in the new blue (Dupli-Color Sonic Blue Pearl), and absolutely love it.
We joined up with retired Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr, and gave an hour long presentation to the the engineers at Stratolaunch Systems in Mojave, CA. They are currently building the worlds largest aircraft, which will carry rocket payloads to high altitude, then release the rocket which will they fly into space. The wingspan is over 385 feet! Amazing day.