Star Wars Ship Creator Colin Cantwell at Current Comics
16 To 31 Dec,2030
11:00 AMTo 7:00 PM
Current Comics, 400 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
Designer of the Death Star, X-Wing, Y-Wing , Tie Fighter, & Much More !
Colin’s diverse career began with suggesting that UCLA add an animation major to its curriculum.
As a result, Colin then became UCLA’s first animation graduate.
In addition to a fascination with outer space, Colin had an intense interest in architecture.
Without an invitation, he went to Taliesin hoping to be accepted by Frank Lloyd Wright into his architectural school.
After viewing Colin’s building designs, Wright said he was admitted and for Colin, there was no waiting list.
Before Colin could return to Taliesin with his tuition, Frank Lloyd Wright had passed away.
Wright was the only architect that interested Colin as a mentor, so his architectural career ended with Wright’s death.
Colin's interest in space led him to working with JPL and NASA. While there, he was in charge of developing graphic and
written information for the purpose of educating the public about the first unmanned space explorations.
Colin's visionary designs of the Star Wars ships for George Lucas' Star Wars films are much sought after today by fans and collectors around the world.
This evolved into Colin working on several space films including, “Buck Rogers” and “Close Encounters of a Third Kind”.
It also led to his writing, directing and designing “Journey to the Outer Planets”, the first presentation at the Omnimax Dome Theater in San Diego, California.
One of his major film contributions was working with Stanley Kubrick on the famous “2001, A Space Odyssey”.
During the last few months of the film, the graphics were only partially complete and the film was in jeopardy of becoming behind schedule.
Colin took over the management and design of many of the space scenes.
He and Kubrick became friends and during one night at Kubrick’s house, Stanley mentioned that he had fired his fourth composer.
Also at that time, Stanley had intended to start the film with a 20 minute discussion involving people seated at a conference table.
Colin saw the potential in this movie and suggested that Kubrick dispense with the conference room scene at the beginning and instead
create a more dramatic opening including incorporating the now famous theme “Also sprach Zarathustra”.
Many of the films other musical scores (not including Blue Danube Waltz) were also Colin’s ideas.
Colin’s other memorable contributions included being known as the Hal 9000 computer when he was seated in the CBS television studio
behind Walter Cronkite during the July 20 1969 Apollo 11 first landing on the moon.
As Hal 9000, Colin was in direct communication with NASA during the moon landing and conveyed a blow by blow description of the landing
to Walter who in return broadcast this information via television to the world.
Colin was also instrumental in the completion of “War Games”, using Hewlett Packard monitors to develop the graphics that appeared on the screens in the "war room"
as the Earth was being threatened by the renegade WOPR computer.
In later years, Colin departed from his movie career and designed a software product that took Hewlett Packard from having 8 colors of computer graphics to 5000 fill colors.
Throughout his life Colin has been passionately interested in studying and postulating theories in quantum physics.
Way ahead of current science, many of his early conjectures have now been proven to be viable.
Colin continues this interest today and at some point, plans on making some of his theories public. Click HERE to Visit Colin's Website