– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re Star Wars nuts like us, chances are you’ve perused through your fair share of Ralph McQuarrie paintings. For those who don’t know, McQuarrie is the artist Star Wars creator George Lucas hired to help sell his vision to the studio early on.

We can thank McQuarrie for the way characters like Darth Vader, C-3PO, and R2-D2 actually ended up on the big screen. However, like a lot of concept art — especially concept art back then — they were mainly used as jumping off points. The finished products would end up looking a whole lot different than the art would imply.

But what if Lucas had been more faithful to this original vision? That’s a question that the folks over at the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School (DAVE School for short — you may have heard the school get advertised on such podcasts as Hollywood Babble-On) set out to answer with this new concept trailer for The Star Wars (which was the original title for George Lucas’ space epic).

Of course, since this is a product of a VFX school, the actual execution isn’t perfect. However, these shots in the trailer are so lovingly crafted, that it’s hard not to appreciate what they were going for. Also, be sure to check out the credits at the end, for comparisons between the original art and the finished product.

What did you think of this concept trailer for The Star Wars? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.