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Grant McCune, one of the five Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects for the original Star Wars, passed away this week at the age of 67. The father of two, who specialized in models and miniatures, got his start working for Steven Spielberg on Jaws before working on Star Wars all the way up through Sylvester Stallone's Rambo in 2008. Read more after the jump. McCune was the chief model maker [1] on the miniature and optical effects unit for Star Wars: A New Hope, for which he won his Oscar. He was also nominated for an Oscar for his work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and contributed to the original Battlestar Galactica before becoming a partner at Apogee Productions. There, he did work in animation on Caddyshack, Big, Spaceballs and Die Hard before starting his own company called Grant McCune Design. For that company, McCune supervised model and miniature »


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