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Sunday, 26 February 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "BORING CONVERSATION ANYWAY!"


He knows he can only bluff so much when speaking to the confused Imperial officer on the other end of the line, so Han Solo does what he does best: blast the communicator!

To make the scene funny, instinctive and believable, Harrison Ford only cursorily studied the dialogue prior to filming the now infamous "boring conversation" scene. Note that this image was captured on set during rehearsal in May, 1976, and that the scene was filmed before the earlier action - the security cameras above Ford are very much undamaged by pyrotechnics.

CLASSIC ART: A TRIBUTE TO BERKEY


Magnificently capturing the flavour and atmosphere of John Berkey's superb work for the STAR WARS saga- his never used poster concepts that went on to be a firm fixture of the film's 1977 merchandise campaign, the first adventures of Luke Skywalker and Rey are effectively celebrated in these four stylish pieces from popular artist Christopher Shy.

STUDIO RONIN





With thanks to the Sci-Fi And Fantasy Universe Facebook Page for the heads-up.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

ROGUE ONE: EXTREME EXTREMISTS!


Their latest brutal mission to liberate stolen Kyber Crystals from Imperial forces achieved, Saw Gerrera's not-so-motley band of human/alien resistance fighters turn their attentions to Jyn and Cassian, in this scene on Jedha, from ROGUE ONE.

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "WATCH OUT, HE'S LOOSE!"


Things get explosive in the Death Star cell block as our heroes and the binder's-free Chewbacca cause blaster mayhem, taking out the Imperial officer (Malcolm Tierney) and guards (Peter Diamond, Colin Skeaping and Reg Harding) and the many ceiling security monitors in the process.

Now they have to find out which cell the Princess is housed, within the labyrinth cell horizon ahead...

'STAR WARS REBELS': THE SENTINEL!


We've seen his younger self helping to launch the animated series three years ago, now Obi-Wan Kenobi in his Sir Alec Guinness persona returns to defend young Luke Skywalker from the likely assassination threat of Darth Maul on Tatooine, as STAR WARS REBELS approaches its final batch of episodes heading into Spring, on DISNEY XD.

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 finale and title descriptions! - Making Star Wars
Star Wars Rebels: showrunner on Obi-Wan return | Den of Geek

Other Season news:

Tiya Sircar on Sabine's Star Wars Rebels Journey | StarWars.com
'Star Wars Rebels' season 3 episode 16 spoilers: An unlikely warrior; Fulcrum in danger
Clip and images for Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 16 – ‘Through Imperial Eyes’
Dave Filoni Explains This Weekend's Surprising 'Star Wars Rebels' Twist – /Film

Friday, 24 February 2017

ROGUE ONE: TARKIN DOMINATES 'CINEFEX'


Great screen villainy never goes out of fashion, especially when its linked to the ever popular Peter Cushing, as the incredible CGI version of his supreme Imperial leader Grand Moff Tarkin graces the cover of the new CINEFEX, out now and dedicated to the digital magic weaved by ILM for ROGUE ONE.

How 'Rogue One' Recreated Grand Moff Tarkin | Design FX | WIRED - YouTube

More on the visual effects pre-viz: Rogue One: Visual effects revealed - BBC Click - YouTube

'STAR WARS' AT 40: A MEETING OF TALENTS


On the Death Star lift shaft set at Elstree, a very youthful George Lucas goes through a specific scene or directorial point with Harrison Ford, whilst Mark Hamill looks distracted and serious. Behind them, holding Chewbacca's handcuffs, is assistant director Anthony Waye, best known for his long-time work on the legendary James Bond franchise, in a variety of producing roles.

EPISODE VII: SKIES OF THE RESISTANCE!


Resistance X-wings led by Poe Dameron soon make efficient destructive work of the First Order's TIE fighter forces above Maz Kanata's wrecked castle on Takodana, in a terrific scene from THE FORCE AWAKENS.

I love the incredible detail of this shot and what's going on it. Notice the other X-wing chasing TIEs far right middle, and the sharp depth of the overall geography beneath them. A truly stunning image from ILM that has to be experienced in High Definition.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: HEADING TO THE CELL BAY


The disguised Han and Luke with their unique "prisoner" in Chewbacca stop at a lift shaft junction en route to the cell bay, watching a hive of people and the odd droid coming and going on a set at Elstree that was literally built next door to the chasm area and filmed in the first week of May, shortly after Luke and Leia's swing across. At least twenty extras in various specially made or adapted Bermans and Nathans rented-in costumes appeared in the scene, whilst the black/green droid was likely played by Anthony Daniels stand-in, Harriet Colville.

Our heroes arrive at the lift shaft area.
Reference image featuring Imperial extras, later used as reference at ILM.
Ralph McQuarrie's lovely production painting for the scene.
Ralph McQuarrie plans out the matte painting dimensions at ILM.
The side area matte painting as credited to Peter Ellenshaw. Note that the middle empty black strip actually made it into the finished film!

The set was extended and the chasm area concealed in post production by a matte painting from ILM that added further size and depth, planned out by Ralph McQuarrie but ultimately credited in final execution to DISNEY matte artist Peter Ellenshaw (as named in 'THE ART OF 'STAR WARS' book), aka Harrison Ellenshaw, who came in to help with the matte painting work load by 1977.

With thanks to Chris Baker for selected images.

ROGUE ONE: OFFICIAL BLU-RAY AND DVD ANNOUNCEMENT

Available on UK Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital Download from April 10th, 2017.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | official Blu-Ray trailer (2017) - YouTube

The Mission Comes Home: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Arrives Soon on Digital HD and Blu-ray | StarWars.com
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