Death Star Creator, Colin Cantwell
Death Star Creator, Colin Cantwell, was the original concept artist and modeler for all things that flew in
the first Star Wars movie, “A New Hope”. His designs include the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Star
Destroyer, original Millennium Falcon, Y-Wing and others. Developing the process of “Kitbashing” to build
the ships, he revolutionized the modeling industry by tearing apart model kits of cars, boats and planes
and re-constructing the pieces into objects such as the Star Wars ships. In addition to his contribution to
Star Wars, Colin has been involved in several other iconic projects. His credits include: working closely
with Stanley Kubrick to design the space scenes and suggest the memorable music for “2001, A Space
Odyssey”; sitting behind Walter Cronkite as the “Hal 9000 Computer” and giving Cronkite the flight
progress to broadcast live on national TV during the first moon landing; designing the first OmniMax
theater in San Diego; developing the first multi-color computer monitor for HP, and much more. He also
worked on several other movies including, War Games, Close Encounters of a Third Kind and more.
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