“It’s Not Wise to Upset a Wookiee”

  • ©Tim Fortenberry and Pat Conran




    It’s Not Wise to Upset a Wookiee



    One of the key battle sequences In Star Wars Episode 3 takes place on the planet of Kashyyyk, the forest home of wookiees. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of bringing this planet to life was populating it with its main inhabitants, the fully hair covered wookiees. The two main challanges faced were generating the hair (a full screen wookiee had over 800,000 hairs), and rendering the hair in a rea- sonable time. These characters were brought to life by utilizing a complete ambient occlusion solution for rendering the hair and by retargeting hair simulations.

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