LucasFilm's Sandcrawler opens in Singapore
A new digital production HQ was unveiled today in Singapore, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and a 100-seat theatre. LucasFilm’s Sandcrawler building is modelled on a large vehicle featured in the original Star Wars films – it even has its very own Yoda fountain.
Spanning 22,500 sq mt, the Sandcrawler building will be the new regional HQ for ESPN and Disney (which owns LucasFilm).
The facility will create animation and VFX work to support other movies – such as Avengers 2, Jurassic World and Age of Extinction, as well as the upcoming Star Wars films.
George Lucas, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy were present at the opening. “When we first opened our Singapore studio in 2005, the local digital production landscape looked very different. It was relatively small, with a limited talent pool and virtually no visual effects work being done,” said Kennedy.
“Through the efforts of the Economic Development Board, the industry has grown rapidly, and Lucasfilm has done its part in helping that effort. By investing in local talent we’ve been able to significantly grow our Singapore studio into a world-class digital production facility.”