Photo credit: Epic Cardboard Props
For those who have never watched the original Star Wars films, the Death Star is basically a space station and galactic superweapon that measures 75-miles in diameter, and crewed by approximately 1.7 million military personnel as well as 400,000 droids. Raphael from Epic Cardboard Props decided to recreate it with cardboard, and the result is quite stunning to say the least.
Before heavy computer generate imagery was used in movies, the Death Star explosions needed to be more practical. So, they were rendered with a Praxis effect, or in other words, where a flat ring of matter erupts from the explosion. However, the grid plan animations shown during the Rebel briefing for the attack on the Death Star late in A New Hope used a computer-graphics simulation from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory made by Larry Cuba and Gary Imhoff as part of a CalArts project. Once filming was completed, the original model was due to be thrown out, but were actually salvaged and most likely in private collections by now.
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