The designer behind the Death Star speaks at QCFF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Colin Cantwell, now 86, and his partner, Sierra, gave a talk at the Quebec City Film Festival on Sept. 16 at the MNBAQ about his career, which included Star Wars IV, the moon landing, 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. QCFF programming director Olivier Bilodeau, right, translated for French-speaking attendees.

When people mention Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames, or Close Encounters of the Third Kind, they think about the props, characters, directors, actors and music. The name Colin Cantwell doesn’t necessarily come up. It should. Without him, these movies wouldn’t be what they are.