Original ‘Star Wars’ screenplay may score $5K in Dec. 5-6 auction

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Julien’s Auctions has announced an exclusive auction event of unprecedented historical and pop culture interest.

The Colin Cantwell Collection will include exclusive memorabilia from the fascinating career of a pioneer in the arts and sciences who has dedicated his life to pushing the

Star Wars pre-production illustrations

One of a eight-item lot of Star Wars pre-production illustrations, circa 1974-1975, estimated at $2,500 to $5,000. (Photo courtesy Julien’s Auctions)

envelope of what is possible not just in film and television, but science as well. The collection of extremely rare artifacts has been preserved within his own private collection and will be auctioned on December 5 & 6, 2014 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California.

Fans, collectors, and film enthusiasts will have the chance of a lifetime to bid on previously unseen memorabilia from classic films and television shows such as Star Wars: A New Hope, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Buck Rogers, WarGames, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Battlestar Galactica, Aliens, and even the first IMAX film (then called Omnimax, with “Voyage to the Outer Planets”, which was written and directed by Colin Cantwell). Also expected to get attention from historians is the set of NASA Apollo 11 flight plans that Mr. Cantwell used in studio at CBS as he worked with Walter Cronkite in his historic broadcast of the 1969 moon landing. In addition to rare original Star Wars artwork is an original copy of one of the earliest drafts of the film, then titled “Adventures of the Starkiller (Episode One) ‘The Star Wars’”.

Colin Cantwell, both a computer and science fiction movie pioneer, was instrumental in advancing technology with cutting edge techniques and a unique vision for realizing the dreams of notable filmmaking auteurs. Colin’s career began in 1955 when he attended the University of California Los Angeles as an art and engineering major. After suggesting that UCLA add an animation major to their curriculum, Colin then became the first animation graduate from the University.

1968 took Colin to England where he worked on the classic Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. During a midnight snack at Kubrick’s home, a frustrated Kubrick

Adventures of the Starkiller screenplay

Original ‘Star Wars’ screenplay, then titled “Adventures of the Starkiller”, circa January 1975, may see $2,500 to $5,000 during the auction. (Photo courtesy Julien’s Auctions)

told Colin that he had replaced his fourth composer and still was not satisfied with the music. Colin then suggested that Kubrick go for a memorable opening with the music “Also sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss. Colin also suggested the compositions of “Adagio” by Aram Kachaturian and “Atmospheres” by Gyorgy Ligeti.

Colin’s most notable contribution to the film industry was working closely with George Lucas on the space ship designs for the original 1977 Star Wars film, Star Wars: A New Hope (now known as Episode IV). This includes the prototype models and designs of the X-Wing, Y-Wing, Tie Fighter, Star Destroyer, Death Star, Landspeeder, Sandcrawler, and Millennium Falcon, as well as the T-16 Skyhopper that Luke is seen playing with in the film. In addition, in pre-production discussions, he outlined his vision for some of the fighting scenes including the climactic battle scene at the Death Star, and contributed the idea of there being a trench with a weakness that could be exploited by our heroes.

Enjoy a couple interviews with Colin Cantwell, courtesy of Original Prop Blog, where he discusses his work on Star Wars…

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One of his most memorable and important experiences was in July of 1969. At that time, Colin was positioned behind Walter Cronkite in the CBS studio while Walter gave a riveting description of the first Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Colin was at the “Hal 9000” computer that was feeding Walter the actual flight information that was broadcast live on TV during the moon landing.

Today, Colin continues to advance his Stellar Biodesics concept that he has been developing since the Buckminster Fuller seminar in 1955.

“The Colin Cantwell Collection is beyond extraordinary,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for collectors to own a piece of history from some of the most important moments in film and television.”

Highlights of The Colin Cantwell Collection include Original NASA Apollo 11 Flight Plan

filmmaking equipment

Filmmaking equipment part of the Colin Cantwell Collection. (Photo courtesy Julien’s Auctions)

with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, Eight Different Star Wars Pre-Production (1974/1975) Full Color Illustrations (Estimate: $2,500-$5,000 each), Six Different Sets of Initial Star Wars Starship Designs (Estimate: $500-$1,000 each), 2001: A Space Odyssey Production Notebooks (Estimate: $500-$1,000), Close Encounters of the Third Kind Pre-Production Full Color Devil’s Tower Illustration for Computer SPFX Experiments (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), WarGames Collection of Special Effects Equipment (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a January 1975 Original Star Wars screenplay, then titled “Adventures of the Starkiller” (Estimate: $2,500-$5,000) and an extraordinary array of many more collectible pieces of rare memorabilia.

View the entire collection at www.juliensauctions.com.


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