May 4, 2023
In a galaxy not so far away–well, actually in our own backyard– lived a boy who loved comics, science fiction, and was obsessed with Flash Gordon. Like many of us, he dreamed of fantastical worlds and those who inhabited them.
Little did anyone know that this young padawan was about to change the world, nay the universe!
Star Wars Ushers in New Era
Fresh off the heels of his film American Graffiti, George Lucas wanted to remake Flash Gordon but was unable to secure the rights. This led him to create his own galactic space opera, which would not only make $513 million worldwide during its original release but become the most beloved sci-fi franchise of all time.
Released in 1977, Star Wars conquered the box office and movie-goers hearts everywhere. From the colorful cast of misfits to new lore to explore, Star Wars created a world that united geeks, nerds, and sci-fi fans like never before–and invited others to join the ranks!
A Fandom is Born
With fan clubs, zines, and fan-run conventions, the Star Wars fandom grew rapidly, and almost five decades later, it has kept up its pace. Generations of Jedi have passed on their passion for the force, and new fans are discovering the franchise through new films and series.
It doesn’t matter how you discovered your love for this epic space saga, whether you stood in line at the theater in 1977, picked up Heir to the Empire at your local bookshop in 1991, or recently fell in love with Grogu, we are all in this together.
While George Lucas’ work has inspired many people, there is one man that all of us at Tilt Five hold near and dear to our hearts: Phil Tippett.
He has worked on some of the biggest and most iconic movies of all time and is responsible for bringing to life some of the most memorable creatures who we have both fallen in love with and that have haunted our dreams!
But there is one essential Tippett scene that the Tilt Five team is drawn to in particular… Can you guess what it is?
Aboard the Millennium Falcon, our favorite droid duo, R2-D2 and C-P30 find out why you always let a Wookiee win! Engaged in a ‘friendly’ game of Dejarik–also known as Holochess–R2-D2 reluctantly loses the holographic battle.
Tippett created the special effects sequence for the original film, but it has since appeared in multiple scenes around the Star Wars universe. While the initial scene was brief, it is regarded as one of the seminal representations of holographic gaming in pop culture.
As a team who came together with the vision of building the first consumer AR system, Dejarik and Phil Tippett have been a constant source of inspiration for what we can create.