Steve Wright helped bring Star Wars to life with those practical effects we all dig so much. The list of movies he worked on is pretty incredible with everything from The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode IX (and The 5th Element and Harry Potter films). A Go Fund Me has been set up for his family including his wife and two young children. If everyone chips in buck to say thank you to Steve’s family for his wonderful contributions to this thing we all love so much, it could really help them out.
His website has some really neat BTS photos. Or you can jump directly to the Go Fund Me here.
On Wednesday March 20th Steve Wright, well known within the UK movie effects industry for his work on The Harry Potter films, the Star Wars prequels and all the recent Star Wars movies, lost his battle with depression.
He was 48 years old and is survived by his wife and two young children.
Steve was hugely popular and an excellent animatronic engineer working within the SFX and CFX departments. He was also a model maker and brilliant problem solver, who could always be relied upon to deliver on a seemingly impossible deadline whilst still making time to help those around him, maintaining a warmth and humour that made the task at hand more enjoyable for everybody involved.
He had a unique understanding of Practical effects and tackled some of the most challenging creature builds we have seen on movie screens within the last 10 years, while still diligently supporting the team.
Whether on location, in the middle of the desert or in the workshop the night before a shoot, he was the one person you wanted in your corner and his generosity and kindness will be sorely missed, not only by his close friends and family but throughout the UK effects industry as a whole.
Star Wars fans are the best and always down to help.That’s what I love about you guys. Seeing Bobbajo at SDCC was one of the coolest things I’ve seen at a Star Wars panel. Wright and the team he worked with made that stuff special. It sucks we have the opportunity to give something back after a tragedy but we get to give something to someone that brought us a lot of happiness.
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Thanks to Christopher Wilson for the heads up.