PLATIGE FOR STAR WARS FANS
The Force Awakens will premiere on December 14 in the United States but devoted fans can already visit “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” an exhibition at New York’s Discovery Times Square developed jointly by Lucasfilm, The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The exhibition features over 70 authentic, hand-crafted costumes that were used over the course of 30 years in all instalments of the Star Wars franchise. Aside from static elements and areas, the exhibition will also feature previously unreleased recordings depicting the costume development process, from first sketches outlining the shapes up to the meticulous crafting and use in the film, with explanations of the relationship between the costume and the character wearing it provided for the attendees.

For its part, Platige Image was responsible for developing the concept and designing a fully interactive video installation that would give fans the ability to become one of the most recognizable characters from the Star Wars saga: Darth Vader, C-3PO, and a Stormtrooper.

“The installation is an original, interactive project based on models given to us by Lucasfilm and our own proprietary technology,” explains Rafał Sadowy, CG Supervisor at Platige Entertainment, a division of Platige Image. - “We’ve come up with movement logic for the three models and adapted them to fit the overall character of the exhibition, this will allow Star Wars fans to become Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper or C-3PO and watch themselves move on fullsize mirror-like screens. Additionally, using simple hand gestures, they will be able to switch characters and bring up distinctive accessories that we associate with each of them: Darth Vader’s lightsaber or a Stormtrooper’s blaster. Naturally, all of these features will be available in real time." 

Platige Entertainment is a division of Platige Image specializing in development and employment of new and existing technologies for live entertainment purposes. The installation created for “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume” is an extension of the concept of interactive animation developed by the Polish studio. Piotr Sikora will be responsible for handling production matters at Platige Image, while Rafał Sadowy will serve as CG Supervisor and Jarek Pencko as Production Manager.