Michael Heilemann

Views From a Ridge

Far from a hive of scum and villany, 2001: A Space Odyssey's Clavius Base might well have been the first visual reference for Mos Eisley

Michael Heilemann
Views From a Ridge
Michael Heilemann

Triumph des Willens (1935)

‚ÄčEasily the most famous piece of propaganda in the world, Leni Riefenstahl's film glorifying the Nazi party was a watershed moment for Hitler's third reich, and remains today a chilling reminder for the horrors that ensued.

Michael Heilemann
Triumph des Willens (1935)
Michael Heilemann

Chewbacca

The in-depth look at the creation of everyone's favorite walking carpet. From the earliest idea, and the word 'wookie' in THX 1138, up through his visual development, through an unexpected twist.

Michael Heilemann
Chewbacca
Michael Heilemann

Amazing! Nothing Like It Ever!

Lucas went to see Forbidden Planet for his 12th birthday, and never looked back. The equivalent to what Star Wars would become for later generations, it was indeed an Amazing! Never Before Seen! science fiction extravaganza, and it left its DNA all over Star Wars.

Michael Heilemann
Amazing! Nothing Like It Ever!
Michael Heilemann

The Jawa Sandcrawler

‚ÄčAn outlandish design even in a film filled with otherwise outlandish designs, the Jawa Sandscrawler has an interesting story to it, owing its features to both NASA, as well as another science fiction film.

Michael Heilemann
The Jawa Sandcrawler