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IMAX : Solo – A Star Wars Story

A short film is showing how different generations have grown up with Star Wars.

  • IMAX
  • Kong Studio
    Animation Studio
  • Bill Elliott
  • Tom Baker
  • Pete Kasim
  • Emma Burch
  • Harriet Gillian
  • Christina Nerland
  • Javier Castillo
    Character Designer
  • Javier Castillo
    Background Designer
  • Trevor Phillips
  • Father Ltd
    Sound Design
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  • Runtime:
    46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Bill Elliott, Tom Baker , Pete Kasim

Kong Studio was founded by Bill Elliott and Tom Baker. Bill began his career at Disney Jetix. He’s directed, designed and storyboarded for computer games, advertising and TV. Tom has worked as character animator and art director on iconic TV shows. As Kong, they have directed Thomas & Friends online series, spots for IMAX and branded short films.

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Director Statement

Bill Elliott, Kong Co-Founder says –

“A key factor in our collaborations with IMAX is our great relationship. We were asked to pitch an idea, as opposed to our take on an existing concept. This opened doors for us both creatively and narratively. We love opportunities to be involved from script to screen.”

The spot focuses on the fear of missing out (#FOMO) that people get when long awaited tickets are released. The piece needed to be suitably epic to match the Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film itself. With The Rise of Skywalker being the final chapter of a blockbuster saga that spans generations – this is seen as a cultural phenomenon of 2019 and the culmination of Star Wars films 42 years in the making.

I am thrilled with the final piece. It is another striking piece of traditional animation from Kong, whilst offering a new and unique style to the studio’s portfolio. It’s also another exciting collaboration with IMAX on a global franchise. More importantly, we got to draw a X-wing.”