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logo - star warsWith The Force Awakens making its turn on the Friday Schedule of SDCC, and with all the rest of the incredible SW content coming to town, this San Diego Comic-Con is going to be like a candy shop for die-hard Star Wars fans. And if you ARE a Star Wars fan – hell, if you’re a cinema effects fan of any genre – you may want to head down to Booth #1605 at some point during SDCC this year, as Profiles In History are going to be dedicating their entire stand to the work of one particular special effects master, Oscar winner Grant McCune.

The Blockade Runner (Star Wars), model by Grant McCune

The Blockade Runner (Star Wars), model by Grant McCune

The work of McCune, who passed away on 27th December 2010, is commemorated by his wife, Kathy, and Monty Shook (President and Project Manager of McCune Masterworks, respectively). The pair are bringing some amazing artifacts from his incredible legacy to SDCC this year, including the original shooting model of the Blockade Runner, used in that historic and ground-breaking opening overhead shot of Star Wars, back in 1977.

As well as the Blockade Runner, there’s going to be a whole host of memorable props and effects pieces on display, including the ‘Eagle 5’ Space Winnebago from Spaceballs and the sleek and elegant X-Jet from the Bryan Singer X-Men movies, some of McCune’s last work.

We weren’t going to do a full post on this, as we sometimes save booth updates for our Google+/Twitter feeds. But we’ve been in touch from one of our readers, Patrick Hanarhan, who emailed us, giving us his take on these incredible pieces of cinema history. Says Patrick:

“I literally got the goose bumps reading [about this booth exhibition]. This is an iconic treat for diehard Star Wars fans – I wonder what other great works of the late, great Grant McCune will be on display. He’s worked on SpaceBalls, Spider-Man, Serenity, Die Hard, Never Say Never Again and many more amazing movies.”

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You can find out for yourself by taking a visit to the Profiles In History Booth, #1605 on the Exhibition Floor, when the con starts proper on Thursday 9th July. But be warned: you may have to ask us to move out of the way first! And we’ll be there a while!

(Note: you can also see a pic of Grant, hard at work on another iconic Star Wars prop, in a feature on the legacy of Industrial Light & Magic, in the latest August issue of Empire Magazine, available in print and on digital now.)

Grant McCune Ikneeling), working on the Star Destroyer for the Star Wars opening shot (image: Empire Magazine)

Grant McCune Ikneeling), working on the Star Destroyer for the Star Wars opening shot (image: Empire Magazine)

From the Profiles In History press release:

The ‘Blockade Runner’ Filming Miniature from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”-The Ship That Set The Tone For The Entire “Star Wars” Franchise to Highlight Profiles In History Presents McCune Masterworks at Comic-Con‏

“A rare public display of the ‘Blockade Runner’ filming miniature from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”-the ship that set the tone for the entire “Star Wars” franchise, creating an epic cultural phenomenon that would capture audiences worldwide for generations to come, will highlight Profiles in History presents McCune Masterworks at the 2015 Comic-Con International: San Diego, July 8 – 12. Profiles in History will pay tribute and honor to special effects master, Oscar winner Grant McCune as they devote their entire Comic-Con booth (#1605) to McCune’s work. The “Blockade Runner” was the first flying ship audiences around the world saw hurtling through space in the opening sequence of the first Star Wars film, carrying Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 among its crew.

In addition to the “Blockade Runner,” many more instantly recognizable creations from Grant McCune’s Academy Award winning team will be on display.”

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