Over the years Star Wars licensing has had its up (Master Replicas Force FX lightsabers) and downs (Episode I Koosh) but I think it's fair to say that a new benchmark has been set with the official Rogue One 3D glasses.
Designed by pioneering Australian 3D glasses manufacturer Look3D, who have been creating specialist digital cinema eye wear for nearly a decade, these Rogue One glasses are a big step forward in detail and screen accuracy from the ones released for the North American release of The Force Awakens in 2015.
Look3D has a long and impressive history with some of the biggest movie studios in the the industry - DreamWorks Animations, LucasFilm, Warner Brothers, Disney, Paramount, Fox and Sony Pictures. In addition to the last Star Wars movie Look3D has produced character glasses for Finding Dory, Trolls, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Angry Birds, Hotel Transylvania 2 and the last Spongebob Squarepants movie.
With such an impressive list of clients it's not surprising that Look3D is the leader in themed glasses. They work with all the studios on multiple 3D movies throughout the year and select the best upcoming 3D releases. Consulting closely with the studio - in this instance Disney/Lucasfilm - they work from the basic brief that the frame that will help the viewer immerse the viewer into one of the the characters
For the release of Rogue One it was Look3D who approached Disney, who provided them with a style guide to work from. The head designer at Look3D carefully developed a wire frame model in a CAD software suite which was then rendered with surfaces and textures. Once a few designs had been approved they were submitted to Disney/Lucasfilm for final approval, and the ones that made the cut were prototyped on a 3D printer for final testing. With all the design phases complete the finished glasses then went into production just prior to the release of the movie.
Three dimensional projection system provider MasterImages has kindly supplied Rebelscum with an advance pair. The two glasses shipped from the US on Tuesday and arrived two days later here in Australia. I was amazed at how quickly they arrived but then I opened the package and my amazement doubled when I took the glasses out. Stupendous!
Modelled on the visor portion of an Imperial Stormtrooper and the new Death Trooper helmets, they are distinctly different in design. While the classic Stormtrooper helmet design retains the white, smooth and rounded appearance that most movie goers will regonise, the Deathtrooper's plastic has a dark, ominous gleam and a slightly angular - almost insectile - appearance. Suddenly the shock troopers of the Empire become a comforting site in light of the alien visage presented by the elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence.
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