Michael Heilemann has an amazing piece on his website kitbashed.com on the history of the development and design of the Millennium Falcon. Its more than worth a look. Heilemann goes in depth in examining the evolution of the designs of model maker Colin Cantwell and concept artists Joe Johnston & Ralph McQuarrie.
Original Star Wars concept designer and director Joe Johnston posted his memories of the development of the ship on his Facebook page. Read it online here.
Andrew Whitehurst, Sarah Bennett, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and the team at Double Negative took home the Visual Effects Oscar last night in a surprise upset. Ex Machina was one of my favorite films of 2015 and serves as a textbook example of how visual effects, theme, story, script, acting, directing and all the elements of filmmaking can come together seamlessly to create completing characters and a totally believable world. Congratulations to the whole team involved in this truly original film.