A building modeled after the famous Sandcrawler—the gigantic huge mobile fortresses featured in the Star Wars films by George Lucas—has been constructed and formally inaugurated in Singapore to house the regional headquarters of American digital animation studio Lucasfilm.
Tribute to the Films and the City
The 22,500-square-meter campus was officially opened on Thursday, January 16, by George Lucas, the legendary director of Star Wars and founder of California-based Lucasfilm. The new building features a Yoda fountain, a 100-seat theater, and state-of-the-art digital production capabilities.
Lucasfilm’s decision to cement its presence in the city-state through the construction of the “Sandcrawler,” as the building is officially called, is a tribute and reflection of Singapore’s rapid development as a digital animation hub.
“When we first opened our Singapore studio in 2005, the local production landscape looked very different. It was relatively small, with a limited talent pool and virtually no visual effects work being done,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen 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,” said Kennedy.