Star Wars – Rebels
Star Wars – The Clone Wars
Mackinnon and Saunders Work
In 2005, after finishing the last installment of the Star Wars prequels, Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas decided he wanted to create some kind of Star Wars-themed animation.
A team was assembled to begin work on Star Wars The Clone Wars, and my job was to work alongside supervising director Dave Filoni and designers Kilian Plunkett and Alex Woo, sculpting character maquettes in clay to see how the designs would translate into 3D.
Positive feedback resulted in an animated feature, followed by six seasons of the Clone Wars.
I ended up working on all six seasons of The Clone Wars spanning, eight years. I continued to sculpt clay maquettes, but I also had to adapt and create 2D design work, using a Wacom Cintiq tablet and Photoshop. You can see examples of my 2D artwork in the season galleries, which combines photographs of the sculptures, drawing and painting. Most of the work I did was character design and costume, but I would occasionally be asked to design the odd prop.
In 2013 Star Wars The Clone Wars came to an end after five seasons. Season 6 had been planned and worked on and would eventually be released as The Lost Missions and Clone Wars Legacy.
I feel extremely privileged to have been able to work in the Star Wars universe and to work with so many fantastic artists. It was extremely rewarding when the show won the Emmy for outstanding, special-class, animated program two years in a row.
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