Colin Cantwell, Artist Behind Iconic Star Wars Spacecrafts, Dead at 90

Colin Cantwell, concept artist and designer credited with creating many Star WarsIconic spaceships – including TIE, X-wing and Death Star fighters – have passed away at the age of 90.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported Cantwell’s death on Saturday at his home in Colorado. Although no cause of death was provided, his partner Sierra Dall said on his official Instagram page that he has battled Alzheimer’s in recent years.

An animator and architect who closely followed Frank Lloyd Wright, Cantwell gained his knowledge of space while working on educational videos for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA. in the late 60s during the space race, Cantwell’s biography states.

Cantwell first appeared on the big screen when he was recruited by director Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey, creating “special photographic effects” for the 1968 sci-fi classic; Cantwell is also credited with helping develop some of the film’s most awe-inspiring space scenes.

Cantwell’s website reads: “Kubrick was saddened by the music and fired several composers. “One night, while having an intimate conversation with Stanley about a turkey sandwich at the Kubrick house, Colin suggested the now-famous theme of ‘It’s possible to pop out Zarathustra’ as well as most other music. in the movies except ‘The Blue Danube Waltz.’

Cantwell’s work on 2001 leading to him being sought after by George Lucas because Star Wars, with Cantwell designing many of the spaceships and vehicles in the 1977 blockbuster and beyond: The Death Star, X-Wings, Y-Wings, Empire TIE fighters and original iterations the beginning of what would become the Millennium Falcon; As Screenrant notes, one of Cantwell’s unused designs featured in the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Storywhere she was named the “Cantwell Class Captive Cruiser.”

Prior to leaving the film business, Cantwell’s other credits included work Close encounters of the third typeBuck Rogers in the 25th century and War gameswhere Cantwell helped design the screens that represent the film’s War Operations Planning Response (WOPR) computerized and final scene. Colin Cantwell, Artist Behind Iconic Star Wars Spacecrafts, Dead at 90

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