- Advertisement -

Rolling back the years once again we present Danny’s Diary, a series of articles written back in 2007 – 2008 and originally posted on Lightsabre.co.uk by ILM and Kerner Optical multi-tasker Danny Wagner.

Thursday 6th December 2007

Dear Diary,

The Star Wars Experience – Revenge of the Sith – 2005

JAK Art Department Episode 3

Man! What a crew, working with Ryan Church and Erik Tiemens, two of the best concept artist in the world! It was a very special treat and honor to be a part of this crew again. This time I was hired to do sculptural concepts of Ryan and Erik’s beautiful Star Wars environments. This time I was also working with the very talented Ian McCaig, Michael Murnane, Robert Barnds, John Goodson and some of the crew that was on Episode 2.

Mr Lucas has a little stamp for the concept art and models for every Friday meeting. Some get updates to do changes and some get stamped. Usually they get an ‘OK’ stamp but once in awhile they get Fabulouso!

During my stay at the Art Department I was receiving great feedback from George for the work I was doing. Most all of my concept sculptures were receiving Fabulouso. I was so amazed and happy to receive such a response from the legendary director. Even after the wookiee tree was done someone said, ‘Well, what do you think? Another Fabulouso?’

By the time I came back to ILM, Brian Gernand called me Mr. Fabulouso.

It was funny.

The Whole Show – Jakfilms and ILM model shop


Basically my job was to build 3 dimensional representative concept models of the new Star Wars environments for Episode 3. Proceeding execution with Illustrations from Erik Tiemens and Ryan Church


The Grato Chamber
Scale – 1/72 1 inch = 6 ft


LANDING PLATFORM: Scale – (1/ 144 ) 1 inch = 12 ft
UTAPAU SINKHOLE: Scale – (1/7200 ) 1/8 = 75 ft

WALL CLOSE–UP: Scale – 1/480 ¼ = 1 ft
KASHYYYK (TREE): Scale – 1/200 388 feet high in real life
KASHYYYK HALLWAY – CONTROL ROOMS: Scale (1/96 ) 1/8 inch = 1 ft
Mustafar 1/4800 scale 1/8 = 50ft


This is everything I worked on, long and short-term.

Polis Massa– Crater Planet
Felucia – Aayla Secura’s Planet
Utapau – Sinkhole
Utapau – Close-up wall
Mustafar – Lava sets and ILM maquette
Dagobah – Swamp set
Kashyyyk – Tree


George Lucas – Baron Papanoida
Katie Lucas – Chi Eekway Papanoida
Amy Allen – Jedi Knight Aayla Secura
Working with make-up artist Stephan Dupuis

Orn Free Ta – Senator
Saesee Tiin – Jedi Knight
Shaak Ti – Jedi Knight
Eeth Koth – Jedi Knight
Stass Allie- Jedi Knight
Luminara Unduli – Jedi Knight

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Audio CD – Audiobook
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
  • 05/04/2018 (Publication Date) - Walt Disney Records (Publisher)