Star Wars - Ep VI - Return Of The Jedi

Framed Original Pencil Rotoscope - Luke Kicks Guard

Stock #49287

An original piece of ILM Rotoscope artwork, used in the production of the third epic Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi. Rotoscoping is a traditional visual effects technique (now achieved with CGI) where an animator traces over a projected film image by hand, frame by frame, to modify the image. In the case of the Star Wars films, rotoscope animation was used to give the lightsaber blades their glow, and to animate laser blasts.

This rotoscope pencil drawing is an intermediary stage between the raw film and the final rotoscope artwork (which would be a simple beam of light on a transparent animation cell). The ILM animator would project the film of Hamill holding the lightsaber prop (with a wooden blade) onto animation paper at an animation stand. They would trace the image of Luke frame by frame, so that they had an exact reference for where the lightsaber is in every shot, and therefore where the blade element needed to be painted in. From these pencil drawings, the final rotoscope animation art would be generated, and it would then be composited in an optical printer.

In this particular frame, Luke Skywalker is kicking one of Jabba the Hutt's henchmen. The rotoscope drawing has been done on specifically created animation art paper, which has been hole punched with absolute precision to hold each page tightly in place and prevent any movement whatsoever. The sheet comes presented in a custom made display with laser cut mount board, featuring the movie title and a still of this exact moment in the movie and is in overall good condition.

Item size - 23.0" x 1.5" x 24.0" (58.42cm x 3.81cm x 60.96cm)

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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