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Master Modelmakers at Celebration VI

Two incredibly talented craftsmen who have been part of Star Wars since the very beginning will be on stage at Celebration VI to describe their work. Modelmakers Jon Berg and Lorne Peterson were part of the original Industrial Light & Magic team tasked to turn the ideas of George Lucas into cinematic reality. Don't miss the amazing stories and recollections from these visual effects veterans who have worked across the entire Star Wars saga, and have come to take part in Star Wars Celebration VI, in Orlando from August 23-26, 2012.

Captivated by stop-motion animation since a childhood viewing of Mighty Joe Young, Jon Berg entered the field professionally working on commercials at Cascade Pictures in California. There, Berg met his future ILM co-workers Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett. Once joining ILM, Berg worked as an animator, modelmaker, and visual effects artist for the original trilogy. Berg (with Tippett) animated the holographic chess sequence between R2-D2 and Chewbacca in A New Hope, appeared as several aliens in the cantina, and handled the modelmaking and stop-motion animation of the AT-AT walkers in The Empire Strikes Back. Berg also worked as a model maker on Revenge of the Sith. In addition to his Star Wars work, Berg has worked on a variety of films including Gremlins, Dragonslayer, The Fly, Naked Lunch, 2010, Ghostbusters, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Later this year, Berg will be releasing original art pieces depicting characters from stories he has developed.

Lorne Peterson is one of the original members of Industrial Light & Magic, having been hired by George Lucas to create the models for Star Wars. In 1978, Peterson was invited by Lucas to move to Northern California to oversee the production of models for The Empire Strikes Back. Since that time, he has worked on most of Lucas' movies, as well as those of Steven Spielberg. Aside from his ILM work, Peterson has done industrial design modelmaking for McDonaldland, JBL Speakers, Kikkoman, Yamaha Snowmobiles and the feature film The China Syndrome. Peterson was honored with an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for the special effects work in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.


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