January 2017 Update

Well it’s obvious by now i didn’t manage to get this finished for a 2016 release. One problem after another put paid to that. I’m sure now this thing is cursed. 😉

So, what happened? Well mostly it was down to certain sellers i purchased items off being, lets say, less than honest. I ordered a load of styrene tubes in October that i needed to complete the hangar sets. These were needed so i could attach the lights to the ceilings and have the wiring easily thread though the polystyrene sheets used to make the ceilings. For some reason it was almost impossible to find 4mm rods here in the UK that weren’t either A – vastly overpriced or B – in stock. Mainly it was the latter. Found a stockist that had them in stock at a very good price and had enough of them for what i needed. They only offered economy delivery and would take over a week to arrive, but that wasn’t so bad as i could continue with other things in the mean time. 2 weeks came and went so i contacted them and they said they had tried to contact me and there had been a mix up with the order and they had now rectified it and had sent them out and i should receive them within the next week or so. That also came and went and by this time i had had enough. Contacted them again and it took them a few days to reply but was then told that they had sent them out but couldn’t replace the ones supposedly lost in the post because they were now out of stock . By this time it was coming up to the end of November. still nowhere had this size in stock unless i ordered from outside the uk but delivery times were weeks and , with Christmas coming up, this was a no go.

So i completed what i could and then had to dismantle the hangar set and store it away so i could get the dining room back into use for Xmas. Finally managed to get the rods now though and have them all in place. But that wasn’t the only problem with filming the hangar sets….

Now i use my laptop as a monitor , using the software supplied with the canon camera, with a clear acetate sheet stuck to the monitor which has a line drawing of the original hangar from the shot in the film. This enables me to match exactly the angles and scale needed for the miniature to match with the original when it is added to the composition. Well in November the laptop decided to pack up. Not very long out of guarantee and the screen became blank even though the backlight was working. It was a shop display one from Staples but it was a bargain at just under £200 ( or so i thought) for a 15 inch touch screen 1080p i5 laptop . It had some cosmetic scratches but worked perfectly fine. My old laptop was on its way out ( it was so old the writing was in Latin 😉 ) so i used it as part exchange for this one as there was an offer on at the time. Well Staples refused to do anything about it as they claimed that the laptop had been dropped because there was a slight crack in the case. but this was there when i purchased it. Its a hairline crack in the corner and had never been dropped since i got it. So my only option was to take it to be repaired. But the diagnostic came back that the graphics card was dead and the board would need replacing. Forget that. It was going to cost more than the laptop cost me anyway. So now my only option is to use the wife’s works laptop Which i will only have access to when she is at home and not using it. So i now have to plan the filming of the hangar around these issues.

Then you have a seller that claims to be based in the UK so you purchase some silicone & resin from them only to find out weeks down the road that your items are being held in customs because you can’t import chemicals into the uk without a licence. The waiting weeks for PayPal to refund you the money because they classed it as the items still being in transit. And with Christmas coming up i was not going to get the replacements before the postal service holidays.

The Wampa was coming along fine. A few problems but those were sorted. The Horns had been sculpted and ready for casting. The face and mouth was finished and ready to be painted. Unfortunately it seems one of the silicone pigments i have purchased were old stock and had dried up. Thankfully the place i got them from were great and they replaced it without problem, but that delayed things a bit.

So thankfully 2016 is over with. things are running more smoothly now (touch wood) . painting has begun on the Wampa, The transport hangar is reassembled and i’m now putting the finishing touches and wiring up the last few things like the ceiling and floor lights. Then i will just have to wait until i have a window of a few days when i can use the wife’s laptop to film both hangars ( the falcon one is 100% complete) then dismantle them and build the section of the Wampa cave. If i’m able to use the laptop then the hangars should be done and out of the way in a very short time.

If all goes according to plan i will be announcing the release date at the end of this month/ first week in February. And i will also be posting some more progress pics soon

Thank you for your patience yet again. And to those that have been trolling here and other places like my youtube channel saying that this project is dead and that its never going to be finished because i have forgotten about the project etc etc, then you are going to feel pretty stupid very soon 😉


Well it looks like i won’t now have access to the wife’s works laptop. Turns out she is not allowed to install any software on it that isn’t approved for company use. So there is no way i can use it to shoot the hangars as i need to have the canon software installed so i can monitor it to enable me to match the original angles when filming.

Not sure what i’m going to be able to do now, so i’m going to forget the hangars for the mean time and concentrate on the Wampa and hopefully be able to source a laptop to use within the next couple of weeks.

I told you this was cursed…..

Update 2:

After my last post i am amazed at how many have either contacted me direct or have commented with offers of help with funding the laptop. So I will, for the final time, open a donation drive.

While looking online at the stores near me ( very reluctant to buy from online retailer in case anything goes wrong) The price range for a half decent laptop that can handle what is needed for not only the last few shots of ESB but will also be able to be used for the more demanding things when I start ROTJ & the prequels , is around the £350 mark.

If you can help out towards getting the replacement laptop then you can donate through PayPal using the buttons to the side of the page.

Again thank you all so much for your continued support. It really does mean a lot to me. As soon as the target is reached then i will close the donation drive

I can also no longer reply, personally thanking anyone who donates. PayPal have changed the notification emails sent and they now come direct from PayPal and don’t contain the donators email address. Sorry.

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Wampa Teeth

The Wampa is progressing nicely.

The mouth has now been sculpted and is fresh out of the molds. The teeth were sculpted separately and cast in resin, while the gum and inner mouth was cast in silicone and the teeth just slot right into the gums & then glued in place.

Now onto the painting stage before fixing the inner mouth to the Wampa.

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Wampa Mask Update

Here’s the Wampa face just after it came out the mold. Its just temporarily added onto the inner skull for the purpose of these pics, so its not properly fitted at this stage. A bit of cleaning up work to do and the onto making the inner mouth, ears and painting, before onto the tedious task of adding the fur. The horns are done & ready for the molding process and will be added just prior to the fur stage. Ignore what looks like a rip under the mouth. that’s actually the edge of the mask now as the design of the costume has changed slightly.You can get an idea of the size of the head compared to a human head as you can just about make out the mannequin head inside the mouth.

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New “Escape From Bespin” Comparisons Images & Download

I (Drew/doubleofive) have made one of our patented comparison image galleries for the most recent clip. Check it out here! (Push the I button for the captions)

Adywan has also uploaded the comparison video outside of Facebook for your own analysis, which can be found here.


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October 2016 Donation Video!

A Little earlier than i said, but i will be busy working on ESB:R over the weekend, so i thought i would get this out of the way first so i can concentrate on that

For those that want the higher quality version, without the comparion part and with the 5.1 AC3 surround version of the audio, then here is the download link. It’s just over 200mb

Check out some further analysis on the next post!

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October 2016 Update

Not much of an update for October as things have been progressing slowly…..

Work on the Wampa and hangars continues. Had a few nightmares with the Wampa, but its all a learning curve that will come in very handy when doing the following films. The face has been cast and the process of applying the fur has started. I’ll post some pictures in about a week or so showing its progress. I’ll then start stitching the fur together for the body and start on the hands. 

The hangars are almost complete. all the details, like the small models of boxes etc, are now fully painted and ready to go. I just need to wire up all the LEDs for the floor lights, so that’s going to take a few days at least. Then its the fun task of piecing it all together and adding the snow and other detailing ready for filming. 

The big problem i’m having is finances. As i have said i will be financing the remaining part of this edit myself, there will be no more donation drives until i start work on ROTJ. So i can only go as fast as the spare money i have each month takes me. But when you get a sudden £400+ car repair bill ( thank you UK roads and your damn pot holes that appear too late for you to swerve to avoid them), this seriously hits the speed at which i can continue because it wipes out any funds i had available, for months on end. So i just have to get bits and bobs when i can and work around this type of setback. But i do assure you, i am working as fast as i possibly can to get this thing finished.

But we are almost there….. It’s just that life’s a bitch at times

After the many messages and comments since my last post, i have decided that, in order to finish this edit as soon as possible, i will have to accept these kind offers of donations one last time. 

If you want to donate towards the final stage of the project, then you can donate through this site. Just click on one of the paypal icons on the right side of the page. For anyone wanting to donate in a currency other than GBP or USD then you can send donations, through paypal, to adywan@hotmail.co.uk

A rough estimate on the cost of what is left to do is approx £550. This is for the cost of building the section of the Wampa cave (wood, plaster etc) , some more platsil gel 00 for the Wampa, casting silicone , foam, herculite plaster, pigments, and other small materials. 

Thanks you

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Opening Crawls: Revisited

One of the most iconic things about Star Wars is the opening crawls. This was one thing i really wanted to change though. Why? Well none of the crawls in the saga match. They are all different speeds, placements etc.

This is something i wanted to redo when i did ANH:Revisited, but just couldn’t achieve it at the time. But now, thanks to our CG guy Andreas, it is now possible to have all of the Revisited crawls match each other. Now the speeds and placements match completely. The HD crawls for episodes 4-6 are complete. The prequel crawls will be done when i get to those films because there will be a lot of changes made to the text in those, which i won’t be sorting out until work starts on the films themselves.

Now, when The Force Awakens was released, there was a big fuss made about the font they used in the episode title in the crawl. many complained that they used the wrong font. Well , the font was the one used for Episodes 4 & 5, just slightly thicker. It was only when it came to ROTJ that they used a different font and then followed on with that one with the prequels. So i have used the style that originally appeared in eps 4 & 5, as these were the first ones in the saga and the one used in the very first seen crawl upon release (ESB). Visually, as i won’t be doing a TFA Revisited, the crawls will be almost exact in both colour and font, but not speed etc, mainly down to the new timing of the crawl.

If the main theme sounds a little weird to you then that is because, for this video, as each episode appears on the screen it switches to its corresponding title music form the soundtrack.

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