Sandcrawler Building in Singapore

HONG KONG – George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy were on hand Thursday to inaugurate Lucasfilm’s new facility in Singapore.

Known as the Sandcrawler Building, a name derived from a “Star Wars” vehicle, the facility includes a 100-seat theater and digital production operations.

The facility will be used for animation and visual effects work, including “supporting the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movies.”

“As a part of The Walt Disney Company, we are happy to bring our business segments together under one roof with The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific also occupying space in the Sandcrawler, furthering our commitment to Singapore and the region,” said Kennedy.

“When we first opened our Singapore studio in 2005, the local [Singapore] digital production landscape looked very different. It was relatively small, with a limited talent pool and virtually no visual effects work being done. Through the efforts of the Economic Development Board, the industry has grown rapidly, and Lucasfilm has done its part in helping that effort. By investing in local talent we’ve been able to significantly grow our Singapore studio into a world-class digital production facility,” she said.

The ceremony was also attended by the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, and Robert Gilby, MD, The Walt Disney Company, Southeast Asia.

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