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Monday, 16 October 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: SO NEAR, YET SO FAR!


His missile having impacted on the surface of the exhaust port, we barely see the damage caused by Red Leader's torpedo in the original STAR WARS, apart from the explosion as the X-wing pulls out of the trench. But a lot of effort went into creating that damage and the model of the port itself, as seen in these pictures taken at ILM in late 1976/77.

Model maker Steve Gawley at work.

The hand of the Empire, indeed!

Steve Gawley and Lorne Peterson talk about the model making of the Classic Trilogy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7oQHQkNdkA

ROGUE ONE: DEATH WATCH!


As the interior of the Erso farm homestead on Lah'muh is turned into a fireball, the chilling bleak visage of an Imperial Death Trooper, part of an elite killing machine, searches the nearby environment for the missing child Jyn, in this moment from ROGUE ONE.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE DEATH STAR....


Late in 1976: with filming of STAR WARS halted at London's Elstree Studios, a returned to the US Mark Hamill, with friends Robert Englund and an unknown female, visit ILM at Van Nuys to see the models and model filming then in progress. It must have been a tremendous buzz for Hamill, always a big fan of special effects and stop motion animation fantasy film-making, now partaking in an ambitious undertaking fusing those genres superbly.


Mark checks out the stored Falcon model, whilst Englund looks around.

Its interesting to remember that it was Englund's testing for STAR WARS (Han Solo) in 1975 that informed Hamill about the auditions then taking place in Hollywood, whilst he was staying in his apartment. We owe Mister Englund a debt, indeed.

https://www.cinemablend.com/new/Strange-Story-How-Mark-Hamill-Owes-His-Career-Freddy-Krueger-68060.html

'STAR WARS REBELS': SEASON FOUR BLASTS ONTO US/UK TV!


A final stand for the Mandalorians against the Empire, the return of Thrawn, the fate of brothers in the Force as a new hope dawns, and an ending that will surely tie-in to Rogue One, if not directly. Yes, the hotly anticipated sweeping and emotional wrap-up arcs finale season of STAR WARS REBELS arrives on US TV this Monday, following on the UK's DISNEY XD from the 28th, at 9am.

New trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q9pJ15m7T4

Dave Filoni talks Season Four:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-W4CoeMd7A

http://www.jedinews.co.uk/film-music-tv/articles/ign-exclusive-clip-star-wars-rebels-season-4-premiere/

EPISODE VII: A FORCE AWAKENING...


Trying without success to fully break down the mental barriers around her mind to retrieve the memory map locating Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren soon discovers a shocking indication of the captured Rey's powers in the Force, in a great scene from The Force Awakens that will continue to have repercussions for VIII.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

EPISODE VIII: WHEN ICONS GATHER...


Once more echoing that original behind the scenes shot from The Empire Strikes Back's filming from April 1979, our main 'Legacy' heroes played by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (plus their super pooches) gather with current keeper of the Lucas flames in Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy, for The Last Jedi, in another great image taken at Pinewood Studios that first appeared in VANITY FAIR earlier this year, taken by the prestigious lenswoman Annie Leibovitz.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/last-jedi-director-rian-johnson-carrie-fisher-spoiler-no-fly-list-rear-porg-backlash-exclusive-162527278.html

New TV spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=46&v=3y3Ufjlo1Qo

'STAR WARS' AT 40: RED LEADER'S FINAL COMMAND...

Image: STARWARSARCHIVES.COM

His proton torpedo run in the Death Star trench unsuccessful, and with no surviving wingmen to protect him, Red Leader soon finds himself at the end of Darth Vader's targeting computer. Initiating Luke into action for his attack run, the brave leader's starboard engine damage suffers further attack from the lethal and merciless TIE pilot, sending him crashing down to the surface of the planet killer...

https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/classic-image-end-of-red-leader.html

Filming Red Leader's demise at ILM: https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/star-wars-at-40-death-star-surface.html

BEHIND THE SCENES: DUELLING SKILLSET!


The Volcanic backgrounds of Mustafar may be a year away from being added on by ILM's gurus, but this filming image of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen duelling at the Fox Studios, Australia, after months of happily intense training supervised by Nick Gillard, clearly shows the actors and characters adept skills in lightsaber duelling, for the climactic finale of EPISODE III.

Friday, 13 October 2017

EPISODE VIII: A DROID'S NEW FRIENDS...?


He/it has mixed with a whole host of varying sized and diverse lifeforms from across the galaxy, from the likes of Jawas to Ewoks to Gungans, but is cute Artoo Detoo ready for the even cuter Porgs of Ahch-To? We'll find out when The Last Jedi debuts this December.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/41567551/star-wars-are-porgs-replacing-ewoks-on-the-cuteness-scale

'STAR WARS' AT 40: COURAGE UNDER FIRE!


Amidst heavy fire, two X-wing fighters speed through the Death Star trench on their way to target-point detonation, in this lovely piece of stylish and beautiful classic production painting art by Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie's eternally-gorgeous THE STAR WARS PORTFOLIO released in 1977 describes this art piece as an "action" and "atmosphere" conception, and is surely just as perfect and representative for Red Leader and his last surviving wingman's attack run as it to Luke's later, more successful run.

Don't forget, there's a stunning collection of 100 postcards available of McQuarrie's STAR WARS work, out now from ABRAMS:


More info: https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/out-now-from-abrams-star-wars-ralph.html

Get the set here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Art-Mcquarrie-Postcards/dp/1419728091/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507896171&sr=8-1&keywords=ralph+mcquarrie+postcards