Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebration VII

Still recovering from an incredible convention. I was fortunate to operate the actual screen used Episode VII R2-D2 during the presentation Thursday morning with Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams. Special thanks to Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey for an incredible experience!

The sandcrawler set was well received, and thousands took photos in front of it, as well as many media outlets, who used it for interviews.

The R2 Builders display was the biggest yet, with over 100 droids! Well done kids.

 With R2-D2 and BB-8
 Daisy Ridley
 The R2 Builders Club
 Michael McMaster, Oliver Steeples, Lee Towersey
 The crew
 Backstage during the presentation
 The crowd reaction after seeing the Episode VII trailer
 Anthony Daniels in front of the crawler
 The crawler crew...Gordon Tarpley, Max Cervantes, Michael McMaster

 My monitor view during the presentation
 Kathleen Kennedy, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, JJ Abrams
 R2-D2 and BB-8
The finished display

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Busy Year!

It has been a while since my last has been crazy busy in the workshop. For the last few months I have been building a 1:1 sandcrawler tread for Star Wars Celebration 7. The set will be a photo op for the R2-D2 Builders Club, and will be on the main show floor. The set will have all the droids seen in the original film, during the "droid auction" scene. I built the main structure, Gordon Tarpley of GT Props created all the molded parts, and prop master Max Cervantes painted the main structure as well as the treads.

The set will be on display in Anaheim at the convention center from April 16-19th.