May 2020

May The Fourth Be With You | Ogle Models and Star Wars

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – an exciting new film franchise was preparing to take over the cinematic world.

Ok, so the 1970s might not be that long ago, depending on your view of “long ago”, but it was during this time that the team at Ogle were approached by the makers of Star Wars – A New Hope. Having established ourselves within the automotive design sector during our early years, it was this link that led us to embark on a whole new path towards set design, model making and props.

Step forward George Lucas. Well, sort of. As Lucasfilm prepared to launch what would go on to become one of the most famous film franchises in history, we were approached by the team working on the production to create a number of models to be used in the filming of the movie. Now, even back in the early 1970s we’d worked on some unique projects but it’s fair to say this was different from anything we’d ever been involved with.

Traditional bench methods

Tasked with creating a model of the Landspeeder that Luke Skywalker first announces himself on screen with before he becomes a Jedi, as well as the Y-wing starfighter used by the heroic Rebel Alliance. Both models required some intricate and skilful cutting-edge techniques from the team here at Ogle, at a time when traditional bench methods made up much of our work. While it was great to be involved in the film, little did we know that the models we had just worked on would go on to be involved in the box-office smash.

Since our work on the first Star Wars film, we’ve been able to work on a number of other film and television projects. We’re are able to use the most cutting-edge tools and machines on the market, giving our clients an unrivalled amount of scope to create even the most ambitious prop, prototype, set design or costume.

If you’d like to discuss your project with a member of our team, call us on 01462 682661. Check out some of our other historical projects by visiting us at: https://www.oglemodels.com/our-history/

For now, though, May the 4th be with you…….

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