Because we all want to see a Yoda movie!!!
YOU! Because it’s your contribution that will make this happen.
We want to create…
This project is intricate, precise and expensive. It can only be achieved through the kind support of members of the original Yoda crew and the efforts of talented volunteers. Materials and expenses will be paid for with donations made by fans and enthusiasts… like you. Without those, our efforts will be in vane. So, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE. Make a small donation and get a commemorative perk documenting YOUR part in SAVING YODA.
Q. Can you build a Yoda for me?
A. Sorry, No. That would be a copyright infringement. We can only build a puppet and offer it for use to the copyright holder or use it to raise money for non-profit causes, or use it for legitimate autobiographical purposes. We can not sell any Yoda that we make without a relevant license.
Q. Doesn’t your Yoda look younger than Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back?
A. There are two reasons for that…
(i) We are designing the new Yoda puppet to be available to Lucasfilm for future SW Anthology movies. Nobody knows what the storyline of those movies might be or when they might take place. So we deliberately minimized Yoda’s aging so that, if necessary, The puppet can be artworked to look 200-400 years younger.
(ii) Our photos are of a clay sculpture with no artwork. The original Yoda skins looked younger before artworking too. Nick Maley is a fine artist who’s artwork has hung in museums and galleries internationally, having toured the world with UNESCO. If he can paint an old face on a blank white canvas, he can certainly accentuate the modeling in our new sculpt to make it look much older. Our aim with this sculpt was to provide maximum possible variations to suit whatever story Lucasfilm might envisage.
Veteran Special Make-up and Creature Effects Designer who contributed to the Classic Star Wars trilogy, the Superman movies, Highlander, Krull, The Keep, The Shining and A Bridge Too Far.
Jörg Steegmüller, Chef sculptor and CEO at Steegmueller Skulpturen, a sculpting, moulding, model making and animatronics facility in Stuttgart Germany providing animatronic figures to companies, movies and theme parks in Germany. The Steegmueller Skulpturen workshop will be utilized as a base workshop in Germany for the assembly of the duplicate Yoda and other figures destined for display in FXpo.
Wolf Brothers are highly skilled costume builders and CosPlayers, renowned in Baveria, who regularly accompany Nick Maley to events in Nuremberg. Their legendary costumes are fabricated to the highest standards and their diverse skills are a great asset to the project. They are staunch supporters of FXpo and their workshops and skills will be utilized creating the Yoda display.
Susanne Spitz is the designer behind Spitz Massdedign. Susanne is a central supporter of FXpo and a member of the Board of Advisors for the FYSF. Her skills and facilities as a costume and dress designer are another asset utilized in this project.
The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit includes Nick Maley’s home workshop in the Caribbean. The duplicate Yoda will be built in multiple locations. Started in England and Germany, the moulds will be completed in the Caribbean and the project will be masterminded and supervised from that location also.
Heike Steiger has been associated with FXpo since the first discussions of the project being assembled in Germany. She is the PR Officer for the SavingYoda campaign, a central consultant for FXpo and a member of the Board of Advisors for the FYSF. Whilst Heike will not be involved in building the duplicate Yoda, her efforts to publicize the project are central to achieving our goals.
John Schoonraad and his team at Lifecast in Elstree Studios, England. Lifecasting, animatronics and prosthetics for the motion picture industry.
Schwerthelm Ziehfreund and his company MovieSFX, provide Special Effects for Film & TV from their base in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. They specialize in making Puppets, Dummies, Animatronics and SFX makeup and Prosthetics for any kind of Film, TV Productions or commercials. The MovieSFX workshop will moulding and foam latex and silicone facilities for the the duplicate Yoda and other figures destined for display in FXpo.
The first stage of preparing for the Saving Yoda sculpt was to simulate the arm of the puppeteer and to create a “plunger” that is used in both the sculpting and moulding process. smaller text NOTE: Subscribers to perks G and H (see donations) have access to over 2000 photos of the sculpt and moulding procedure alone and thousands more of the full construction as the process progresses.
A talented friend had already done a Yoda sculpt for a previous project. After moulding, he kindly donated the remnants of his sculpt to the FXpo project. A clay press (positive) was made from a damaged mould.
Simulated eyes, in the specified size, set to the correct distance apart, were mounted into the clay squeeze. This fixed point of reference served as a set proportion against which the rest of the sculpt could be measured. These are NOT the final eyes that will be used in the puppet. But aid the sculpting process.
The clay squeeze was dissected to to fit the arm plunger into the mouth. The mouth is set a little open to allow the final mould to touch down on the plunger.
Having pieced the sculpt around the plunger so that the hand fitted exactly behind the lips, the sculpt was measured to ensure it fitted proportions taken from relics of the original. Then the gaps were filled and the pieces were blended together.
Ears had been moulded separately from a previous version. Silicon casts were made and fitted to the sculpt (i) to aid the resculpt visualization (ii) to ensure the join to the ears would be perfected.
Because the volume of the head had been reduced, the nose appeared to protrude to prominently. The length, width and overall shape were left unaltered. But the nose was removed, some of the volume reduced, and then it was replaced and blended into the face.
Having completed adjustments to the overall form, the surface of the face was detailed, over the course of several days and severel nights, with wrinkles and texture using photos of the original Yoda as reference. In this case, not knowing what age Yoda might be in future anthology movies, he was sculpted a littly younger than in The Empire Strikes Back, knowing that he could be aged with color if necessary.