Saving Yoda

Saving Yoda


Help a veteran Star Wars creature builder
and a crew of practical FX enthusiasts recreate the world’s favorite alien.

I am pleased to be able to announce that the second phase of the SavingYoda project is being sponsored by The Propstore who are currently packaging all the materials needed to build a second puppet that addresses inaccuracies in Yoda expressions caused by the different sizes of various puppeteer's hands. This time we will have more accurate dimensions taken from an original mould segment that I acquired in London last summer and an added mechanism to compensate for the proportions of the puppeteer's hand.

Rebuilding Yoda as he was originally made was good... The second phase will be even better. THANK YOU Propstore for your support

... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Saving Yoda shared FXpo's photo.

... See MoreSee Less

Love this shot of Yoda and Nogard from last year's miniFXpo...

2 months ago

always liked this shot of our SavingYoda puppet

... See MoreSee Less

Vor zwei Jahren war Nick Maley in Nürnberg und hat von seiner Vision berichtet, ein einzigartiges interaktives Museum aufzubauen, FXpo. Nun gibt es erstmals die Möglichkeit, einen Eindruck von FXpo zu bekommen. In Zusammenarbeit mit den Studenten des Studienganges Media Engineering der Technischen Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, entsteht eine Mini-FXpo. Die Besucher steuern selbst die Ausstellungsobjekte. Doch es sind keine gewöhnlichen Exponate, sondern es handelt sich um Hologramme. Künstler und Special Effect Artists, die an bekannten Hollywood-Produktionen wie Star-Wars mitwirkten, erzählen ihre Geschichte. Sie sind als Besucher mittendrin - nicht nur dabei. ACHTUNG - Sonntag ist die Ausstellung geschlossen. English: Two years ago, Nick Maley came to Nuremberg and told us about his vision of building an unique, interactive museum - FXpo. Today, you can gain an impression for the first time. In cooperation with Media Engineering students of TH Nuremberg “Georg Simon Ohm“, a “Mini FXpo“ is being put together. Visitors will be able to take control of the extraordinary holographic exhibits themselves. Special Effect Artists and other contributors to popular Hollywood productions such as Star Wars are telling their stories. This puts you, the visitor, right in the middle of everything instead of being a mere spectator.

5 months ago

Mini-FXpo

July 23, 2016, 10:00am

Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, Bahnhofstraße 90, 90402 Nürnberg, Deutschland

Vor zwei Jahren war Nick Maley in Nürnberg und hat von seiner Vision berichtet, ein einzigartiges interaktives Museum aufzubauen, FXpo. Nun gibt es erstmals die Möglichkeit, einen Eindruck von FXpo zu bekommen. In Zusammenarbeit mit den Studenten des Studienganges Media Engineering der Technischen Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, entsteht eine Mini-FXpo. Die Besucher steuern selbst die Ausstellungsobjekte. Doch es sind keine gewöhnlichen Exponate, sondern es handelt sich um Hologramme. Künstler und Special Effect Artists, die an bekannten Hollywood-Produktionen wie Star-Wars mitwirkten, erzählen ihre Geschichte. Sie sind als Besucher mittendrin - nicht nur dabei. ACHTUNG - Sonntag ist die Ausstellung geschlossen. English: Two years ago, Nick Maley came to Nuremberg and told us about his vision of building an unique, interactive museum - FXpo. Today, you can gain an impression for the first time. In cooperation with Media Engineering students of TH Nuremberg “Georg Simon Ohm“, a “Mini FXpo“ is being put together. Visitors will be able to take control of the extraordinary holographic exhibits themselves. Special Effect Artists and other contributors to popular Hollywood productions such as Star Wars are telling their stories. This puts you, the visitor, right in the middle of everything instead of being a mere spectator.

Since finishing the first (prototype) SavingYoda puppet, I have acquired part of one of the original molds and other items that I believe will allow me to get an even closer likeness. So, being the perfectionist that I am, we are now preparing to go through the arduous process once again to make a second phase puppet.

Unfortunately that means starting again at the beginning. So please continue your support.

... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

Radboud Heerema, James Anderson and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Rich ReoThat is amazing Nick!5 months ago

Jeff RodriquezAmazing work Nick! So glad you are doing this.1   ·  5 months ago

Brian MeldayMay The Force Be With You.1   ·  5 months ago

Jerimiah HartmannNick you're awesome thank'sfor saving an Icon1   ·  5 months ago

Thomas MazacAmazing Thank you for restoring the original so people may see how he was in the film :)1   ·  5 months ago

Clemens GuettersbergerStefanie2   ·  5 months ago

Kevin Adair Jr.Go Nick Go!!!!!1   ·  5 months ago

Tom TiernanLooks awesome.2   ·  5 months ago

Raylene Burnelis MathewsGreat job! I can't wait to see the finished Yoda!1   ·  5 months ago

Chris NolanChalie Parker1   ·  4 months ago

Comment on Facebook

About


WHY

  • Because loyal SW fans, everywhere, keep asking for a return to a practical FX, and Disney should have available a rebuilt Yoda puppet for any new movies that take place before Yoda’s death.
  • Because members of the team that built the original Yoda are the best people to recreate a duplicate.
  • Because fans feel that the digital yoda has lost the fun and charm and realism of the original puppet.
  • Because Frank Oz and his associate puppeteers did it better.
  • Because Disney probably won’t risk making another puppet after the unpopular version in A PHANTOM MENACE. But if one is ready built, and proven, they are much more likely to return to a practical Yoda.
  • Because nobody has ever explained how the original Yoda (and other classic SW characters) were constructed, and we want to tell those stories at SW conventions around the world, using virtual holograms of the SW personalities that created those characters, and raising money for charitable foundations.

But most of all…

Because we all want to see a Yoda movie!!!


WHO

  • Nick Maley, known internationally as “that Yoda Guy” because of his contribution to the creation of four original Yodas made for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is supervising this project to ensure that every detail of the original close-up puppets is adhered to.

  • A crew of professional sculptors, creature effects artists, and cosplay enthusiasts have volunteered their skills and facilities to create this duplicate of the original puppet Yoda.
  • If enough funds can be raised, Nick will ask other surviving members of the original Yoda crew to duplicate the elements of Yoda that they originally created.

and finally…

YOU! Because it’s your contribution that will make this happen.


WHAT

We want to create…

  • A duplicate animatronic close-up puppet constructed exactly as the original puppet was built, available for future SW movies.
  • An animatronic Yoda for display at conventions where donations raise funds for charitable foundations.
  • A virtual holographic exhibit of Star Wars veteran creature builders, discussing their part in the creation of the original Yoda, for display at conventions around the world, where donations raise funds for charitable foundations.
  • A radio controlled Yoda that duplicates the one in Luke’s backpack.
  • A display of the parts of the original Yoda puppets, demonstrating the manner in which they were created, for display at conventions where donations raise funds for charitable foundations.

WHERE

  • The modeling, casting, fabrication and animatronics required for Yoda’s construction are being shared, internationally, amongst workshops in England, Germany and the Caribbean.
  • If the new puppet is used to film a new SW movie, it will probably be filmed in England.
  • If donations allow, the elements, molds and puppet will be available to be displayed at Star Wars related conventions around the world.

HOW

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.

Yoda FAQ

Q. Yoda is dead? Why build a duplicate?
A. Disney have announced at least two new “Anthology” movies that take place before Episode IV (when Yoda is alive) and more are likely to follow.

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.

Contributors

Work in Progress

Contact us