Colin Cantwell

Death Star Creator, Colin Cantwell, was the original concept artist and modeler for all things that flew in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.

His designs include the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Star Destroyer, original Millennium Falcon, Y-Wing and others. Developing the process of “Kitbashing” to build the ships, he revolutionized the modeling industry by tearing apart model kits of cars, boats and planes and re-constructing the pieces into objects such as the Star Wars ships.

In addition to his contribution to Star Wars, Colin has been involved in several other iconic projects. His credits include: working closely with Stanley Kubrick to design the space scenes and suggest the memorable music for 2001: A Space Odyssey; sitting behind Walter Cronkite as the “HAL 9000 Computer” and giving Cronkite the flight progress to broadcast live on national TV during the first moon landing; designing the first OmniMax theater in San Diego; developing the first multi-color computer monitor for HP, and much more.

He also worked on several other movies, including War Games, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more.