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Thursday, 23 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: ATTACKING THE FALCON!


"They're coming in too fast!"

Even with its ever angled deflector shields, the Millennium Falcon gets a laser pounding from the TIE fighters, in the above pilot's eye view shot that's as stunning today, especially on the big screen, as it was back in 1977.

Filming the scene with the overhead Dykstraflex camera in 1976 over the large Falcon model.
Ralph McQuarrie production painting.
TIE fighter pilot in cockpit, shot at Elstree in July 1976.

ROGUE ONE: THE GREEN DEATH!


Jedha has been targeted and now the power of the Death Star's primary weapon, even at reduced power, is unleashed- Kyber crystal generated energy speeding out from the space station, supervised by a pair of Imperial officers, played specially in ROGUE ONE by two unique cameo stars: THE LAST JEDI's writer/director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman!


Look out for more cameos and special saga related Easter Eggs dotted throughout the film, many revealed in the upcoming Blu-ray release of ROGUE ONE, available in the UK from April 10th, 2017.


Get it here: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Limited Edition Artwork Sleeve 2017: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "HERE THEY COME!"


From the Falcon cockpit, Leia and Chewbacca give the first warning to Han and Luke in the above and below gun ports of the arrival of the four TIE fighter sentry ships, as the enemy attack begins...

Note the use of the back projection starfield - one of the rare moments that the technique made it into the finished film.


ROGUE ONE: "HOPE..."

The courage and destiny of a Princess has begun...

Today (22nd March, 2017), STAR WARS AFICIONADO was kindly invited by DISNEY UK to a special event look at all the pleasing extras accompanying the Blu-ray (and digital download) release of ROGUE ONE in this territory from April 10th, 2017. Though there's no deleted scenes to relish (presumably saved for a later release- fingers crossed!), there are plenty of deleted scene filming snippets to catch from across the movie's in-flux conception, along with a ten featurettes look at the production's inception, its key characters, and design. A notable and fascinating standout, The Princess & The Governor, shows the miraculous recreation of a classic young heroine and equally iconic villain from the saga in key sequences, and the genuine care and affection undertaken by both the ILM CGI team and the actors portraying/recreating Tarkin and young Leia in doing so (Guy Henry, particularly knowing how important it was to capture the aura of Peter Cushing yet also give his own performance, and the charming and very-similar-looking-to-Carrie Fisher Ingvild Deila), and to such striking effect. We'd seen behind the scenes footage of Henry as Tarkin earlier this year, now the Blu-ray presents the work that went into the filming of the finale Leia scenes with Deila (in costume and buns, her face covered with silver balls) at Pinewood in December 2015, and via the striving-for-the best ILM.

The lovely Ingvild, and an image from her acting portfolio. 

Rogue One Princess Leia scene: Stand-in Leia actress Ingvild Deila on playing Carrie Fisher - and how she found out about the role

'Rogue One': Leia Actress Ingvild Deila on Re-Creating 'Star Wars' Character | Hollywood Reporter


ROGUE ONE on UK Blu-ray and DVD. Get it here: 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Limited Edition Artwork Sleeve 2017: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray

Amazon.co.uk: star wars rogue one dvd - DVD: DVD & Blu-ray

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "STAY SHARP..."


Our heroes are not out of the enemy woods yet, as the Falcon's sensors detect Imperial sentry ships fast approaching, with Han and Luke soon manning the quad guns ready for response. Cue John Williams superb build-up music...

Falcon targeting device graphics produced by Jay Teitzell.

ROGUE ONE: A COLLISION OF IMPERIALS!


The classic ILM effects shot from ROGUE ONE: the forced collision engineered by the Rebels between the two Imperial Star Destroyers above Scarif.


Find out some of the secrets behind the realisation of that classic scene, and other parts of the Battle of Scarif, here:

Rogue One: Visual effects revealed - BBC Click - YouTube

Behind the Magic: Creating the space battle for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - YouTube

Monday, 20 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S GONE..."


Gently putting his poncho over him, Princess Leia does her best to quietly console her new friend Luke Skywalker over the death of the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi, in this lovely B/W image taken in the Falcon hold during Summer 1976 filming at Elstree.

ROGUE ONE: UP CLOSE AND BRUTAL!


On the beaches of Scarif, Jyn and Cassian's squad takes a blasting from approaching Imperial AT-ACT Walkers in this spectacular Maldives action scene filmed but ultimately deleted for ROGUE ONE. Note the wired camera tracking along the gritty and explosive close-up action.

Rogue One alternate ending revealed: A lifesaving escape

Gareth Edwards Explains Why We'll Probably Never See Those 'Rogue One' Alternate Scenes | Fandango

Rogue One director explains why the original ending didn't work and says Darth Vader's big scene was a late addition | GamesRadar+

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: DECIPHERING THE ORIGINAL SCARIF LAND BATTLE...

ROGUE ONE: THE NEW FACE OF THE REBELLION!


The nervous excitement and adrenaline rush of the first day of shooting, and the first day of shooting on a STAR WARS film no less, must surely have been in the mindset of Felicity Jones playing Jyn Erso, here captured by the camera on location in Jordan, for ROGUE ONE.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

ROGUE ONE: DARTH VADER'S LOST SCENES...

The original force of STAR WARS evildom: Darth Vader, as seen in ROGUE ONE. 

It was always planned that the STAR WARS saga's most iconic and popular villain would appear in ROGUE ONE, but originally it was only to have been on the strategic periphery of the story telling, a shadowy but imposing third party in the battle of wills and power for control of the Death Star between Tarkin and Krennic. As in the finished film, Krennic, recognising Vader's power and his influence with the Empire, was eager to win over the Dark Lord's support, in scenes originally set on the space station in orbit around Scarif (its sanctuary moon and construction site) before being rewritten and transferred to the fan friendly environment of Vader's new home castle on Mustafar- a further welcome bridging between the Prequel and Classic trilogies, and incorporating the lead-in scene of Vader/Anakin Skywalker in the bacta tank. This was an environment originally likely to have been either within the Death Star or an Imperial Star Destroyer, before being relocated. Wearing prosthetics as Anakin was stuntman/actor Daniel Naprous, of which this scene must have been shot before the Summer 2016 reshoots, as it made the first teaser trailer for ROGUE ONE that debuted in April that year...

As seen in an early trailer, the reflection of Vader (Spencer Wilding) at the Death Star bridge.
Looking at computer graphics, presumably of Scarif.
Krennic has an audience with Vader (Spencer Wilding) at the location.
TOPPS card Rebel Missions Briefing Comic Strip 1 art no doubt based on this deleted scene.

The idea of a castle home for Vader had been conceived early on for ROGUE ONE (as recently confirmed by Art Director Doug Chiang), with an archive visitation of Ralph McQuarrie's original ideas for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK plus other Mustafar designs from EPISODE III, before the concept was seemingly dropped then reappeared as a filming reality for the 2016 re-shoots, with Ben Mendelsohn back as Krennic and stuntman Daniel Naprous now inhabiting the costume for this and the later in the reshoot schedule epic Vader confrontation on the Blockade Runner- a genius idea from the film's co-editor Jabez Olssen to director Gareth Edwards, and quickly given the go order for filming by Kathleen Kennedy, recognising its potential to wow audiences- Vader was always to have given chase to the departing Death Star plan custodians at the end of the film but never in such a proactive and murderous way.

ROGUE ONE’s Final Darth Vader Scene Was a Reshoot | Nerdist
Darth Vader's Big Rogue One Scene Barely Made It Into the Film
Star Wars' Kiwi editor Jabez Olssen goes Rogue to secure memorable Darth moment | Stuff.co.nz

On a Star Destroyer, Krennic confers with Vader (Spencer Wilding).

As to other areas of the film, whether Vader was originally present to watch the earlier destruction of Jedha is unknown, though likely. A scene set between Krennic and Vader on a Star Destroyer bridge was clearly shot, as seen in another early trailer where the former talks about the immeasurable power of the Death Star, clearly using it to further acquire Vader's support. This could be where James Earl Jones unused ADR reply dialogue regarding "power", mentioned by Gareth Edwards at CELEBRATION EUROPE 2016, was to have been used. The idea and tone of this scene was presumably shifted over to the Mustafar location in re-shoots.

Vader on the Star Destroyer bridge, most likely played here by Spencer Wilding.

The Vader suit, first worn in the original filming period by actor/stuntman Spencer Wilding, and later in the re-shoots by Naprous, was not from the Lucasfilm Archives but fan built- camera tested by Gareth Edwards and his crew on one of the Starkiller Base sets during production of THE FORCE AWAKENS. Original sculptor Brian Muir returned to create the old/new helmet that would replicate Vader's facial appearance in A New Hope, whilst the overall final appearance of the character was checked over by his original costume designer, John Mollo. For reasons unknown, however, it was decided that Vader's appearance in ROGUE ONE would not fully adhere to the 1977 film's continuity- his inner cloak wrappings not being displayed outside the shoulder armour.

Rogue One Director Admits Filming Darth Vader's Scenes Was Scary

STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: KRENNIC'S LOST SCENES...

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