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'''Artist - Boba Fett's Designer'''
 
'''Artist - Boba Fett's Designer'''
  
Art director / visual effects creator on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He is now a major director. His most recent project was Captain America (2011).
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Birthday: May 13, 1950
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Credited as art director of visual effects on [[The Empire Strikes Back]] and [[Return of the Jedi]], Johnston designed [[Boba Fett]]. Since then, Johnston has become a major motion picture director.
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=== Trivia ===
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==== "Father" of Boba Fett ====
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According to his online venture, Joe Johnston Sketchbook, here's a quote on how he describes his role with Boba Fett:
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"Johnston is Boba Fett's original conceptual designer. He has also been referred to as the 'Father' of Boba Fett.  Joe designed the colors and helmet for Boba.  [[John Mollo]] had designed the original suit as the super trooper army of millions, but the production couldn't afford it for 'Empire Strikes Back.' Therefore, Joe made Boba a singular character with the paint job he did on him, including the damaged suit and helmet."
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==== Super Troopers ====
  
'''Super Troopers'''
 
 
"I designed the final version of Boba Fett. Ralph and I both worked together on preliminary designs, and we traded ideas back and forth. Originally, Boba Fett was part of a force we called Super Troopers, and they were these really high-tech fighting units, and they all looked alike. That eventually evolved into a single bounty hunter. I painted Boba's outfit and tried to make it look like it was made of different pieces of armor. It was a symmetrical design, but I painted it in such a way that it looked like he had scavenged parts and had done some personalizing of his costume; he had little trophies hanging from his belt, and he had little braids of hair, almost like a collection of scalps."
 
"I designed the final version of Boba Fett. Ralph and I both worked together on preliminary designs, and we traded ideas back and forth. Originally, Boba Fett was part of a force we called Super Troopers, and they were these really high-tech fighting units, and they all looked alike. That eventually evolved into a single bounty hunter. I painted Boba's outfit and tried to make it look like it was made of different pieces of armor. It was a symmetrical design, but I painted it in such a way that it looked like he had scavenged parts and had done some personalizing of his costume; he had little trophies hanging from his belt, and he had little braids of hair, almost like a collection of scalps."
Source: Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (p. 184-185)
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-- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (p. 184-185, 1997)
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==== White Armor ====
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In 1978, Joe Johnston designed the white Boba Fett armor. (It's unclear if Ralph McQuarrie's white Boba Fett concepts came beforehand or not. The actual chronology may prove Johnston's work came first.)
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==== Favorite Spaceships ====
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When asked about his favorite spaceships, one answer of several was as follows: "I like Slave I. This was primarily Nilo's design. Again, it was like nothing else that we had seen in the films and it was somehow very fitting for Boba Fett to be flying this thing. So different, it looked like he found it somewhere, patched it up, and made it his own." --  [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpkzRPHLJwU Joe Johnston Q&A Episode 3] (3 min. 18 sec.)
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=== Filmography ===
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* Director
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** Not Safe for Work  (2014)
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** Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
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** The Wolfman (2010)
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** Hidalgo (2004)
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** Jurassic Park III (2001)
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** October Sky (1999)
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** Jumanji (1995)
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** [[The Rocketeer (1991)]]
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** Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
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* Visual Effects
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** [[Return of the Jedi]] (1983) art director: visual effects, ILM
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** [[The Empire Strikes Back]] (1980) art director visual effects: miniature and optical effects unit
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** Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) effects illustrator and designer: miniature and optical effects unit
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=== Links ===
  
'''Selected Filmography'''
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* [http://www.joejohnstonsketchbook.com/ Official Site]
* "The Wolfman" (2010) director
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yF5HFFcv8E 1978 Costume Screen Test]
* "The Iron Giant" designer
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* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002653/ Internet Movie Database]
* Jumanji
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* October Sky
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* Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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* [[The Rocketeer (1991)]]
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* "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) designer
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Latest revision as of 16:34, 12 July 2014

Artist - Boba Fett's Designer

Birthday: May 13, 1950

Credited as art director of visual effects on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Johnston designed Boba Fett. Since then, Johnston has become a major motion picture director.

Contents

Trivia

"Father" of Boba Fett

According to his online venture, Joe Johnston Sketchbook, here's a quote on how he describes his role with Boba Fett:

"Johnston is Boba Fett's original conceptual designer. He has also been referred to as the 'Father' of Boba Fett. Joe designed the colors and helmet for Boba. John Mollo had designed the original suit as the super trooper army of millions, but the production couldn't afford it for 'Empire Strikes Back.' Therefore, Joe made Boba a singular character with the paint job he did on him, including the damaged suit and helmet."

Super Troopers

"I designed the final version of Boba Fett. Ralph and I both worked together on preliminary designs, and we traded ideas back and forth. Originally, Boba Fett was part of a force we called Super Troopers, and they were these really high-tech fighting units, and they all looked alike. That eventually evolved into a single bounty hunter. I painted Boba's outfit and tried to make it look like it was made of different pieces of armor. It was a symmetrical design, but I painted it in such a way that it looked like he had scavenged parts and had done some personalizing of his costume; he had little trophies hanging from his belt, and he had little braids of hair, almost like a collection of scalps." -- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (p. 184-185, 1997)

White Armor

In 1978, Joe Johnston designed the white Boba Fett armor. (It's unclear if Ralph McQuarrie's white Boba Fett concepts came beforehand or not. The actual chronology may prove Johnston's work came first.)

Favorite Spaceships

When asked about his favorite spaceships, one answer of several was as follows: "I like Slave I. This was primarily Nilo's design. Again, it was like nothing else that we had seen in the films and it was somehow very fitting for Boba Fett to be flying this thing. So different, it looked like he found it somewhere, patched it up, and made it his own." -- Joe Johnston Q&A Episode 3 (3 min. 18 sec.)

Filmography

  • Director
    • Not Safe for Work (2014)
    • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    • The Wolfman (2010)
    • Hidalgo (2004)
    • Jurassic Park III (2001)
    • October Sky (1999)
    • Jumanji (1995)
    • The Rocketeer (1991)
    • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
  • Visual Effects
    • Return of the Jedi (1983) art director: visual effects, ILM
    • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) art director visual effects: miniature and optical effects unit
    • Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) effects illustrator and designer: miniature and optical effects unit

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