- "I was doing sculptures for McDonaldland, and I came across a person I went to college with—Bob Shephard. He was working with John Dykstra, and they talked about this project they were working on—a science fiction film—and they said they could use some help. Three months later, I heard from them again."
- ―Lorne Peterson, discussing how he was hired for Star Wars
Lorne Peterson is a visual effects artist who worked as a modeler for Industrial Light & Magic on the six Star Wars films. In addition, he is the author of the 2006 book, Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. He was one of two modelmakers to design Boba Fett's Slave I.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in Art from California State University, Long Beach. Since being hired by George Lucas in 1975, he has worked on many of Lucas's films, as well as several of Steven Spielberg's. In 1984, Peterson received an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. In 1988, Peterson was chief modelmaker for another Lucas yet totally Star Wars unrelated film Willow.
Star Wars bibliography
|1977||Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope||Chief Modelmaker|
|1977||Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope||Osleo Prennert, cameo|
|1980||Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back||Supervising Modelmaker|
|1983||Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi||Supervising Modelmaker|
|1984||Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure||Chief Modelmaker|
|1985||Ewoks: The Battle for Endor||Chief Modelmaker|
|1987||Star Tours (Disneyland)||Supervising Modelmaker|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace||Modelmaker|
|1999||Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||Cameo before Podrace|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones||Modelmaker|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith||Modelmaker|
|2006||Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop||Author|
This is a list of some of the models that Lorne Peterson has worked on for the Star Wars films.
- StarWars.com - Message Boards: Lorne Peterson
- Sculpting His Journey: An interview with Star Wars model maker Lorne Peterson