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Sunday, 26 September 2021

'STAR WARS - OBI-WAN KENOBI' - THE EVENT SERIES WRAPS FILMING...


The man, the myth, the Jedi, the legend: the ever-popular character of Obi-Wan Kenobi, once more inhabited by a clearly enthused Ewan McGregor, has completed filming of his all-new event mini- series, coming soon to Disney+ in 2022.

Here's the most recent news related to this eagerly awaited series:

Saturday, 25 September 2021

THE CLONE WARS: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS...


Our Jedi heroes old and new, plus the battle-ready clone Captain Rex and a lieutenant, make for a heroic and physically powerful group pose in this very rare image composition poster used to promote the original theatrical release of the underappreciated and very enjoyable The Clone Wars movie of 2008.

Friday, 24 September 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: DON'T LOOK DOWN!

Image: via Star Wars Screencaps.com

Luke holds onto a nearby walkway handrail for dear life after being sucked out from the nearby window, then soon picks himself up, retrieving his nearby lightsaber (in a deleted moment).

ILM matte painting used for the background.


Thursday, 23 September 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: BLOWN AWAY!


Resident Star Wars stuntman Colin Skeaping performs the scene where Luke goes flying out of the window, his gymnastics move through the window slowed down in post production amidst a blast of air and small bits of lightweight debris around him to simulate the release of air through the broken observation window. 




More on the scene:

https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.com/2016/11/behind-scenes-window-crasher.html

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: FORCE WRECKER!

Preparing to film Vader's continued attack on Luke.

As Darth Vader continues to Force propels objects of all kinds at Luke Skywalker, one heavy projectile strikes the nearby circular viewport window, of which tornado air suction soon takes hold of Luke and sends him through it!



A moment as seen in one of the film's original 70mm frames.





Vader holds on as the air pressure plays havoc within the interior.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: THE DARK LORD'S FURY!


Vader begins using the Force to haul objects of all sizes and weights as projectiles towards a soon overwhelmed Luke Skywalker, as seen in this great production painting art by Ralph McQuarrie.


The early stages of art creation.


Thumbnail duel concept art.

Monday, 20 September 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: LETHAL FLYING OBJECTS!


The lightsaber duel continues but Darth Vader soon uses the Force to constantly distract Luke with flying objects of various size and weight that hurt but not injure the young Jedi.





Irvin Kershner goes through some lightsaber move points with Hamill.

Peter Diamond and stage hand colleagues prepare to throw lightweight heavy objects at Mark Hamill from behind the camera.




Hamill confers on the scene with Irvin Kershner and Peter Diamond.


Sunday, 19 September 2021

CLASSIC IMAGE: THE SECRET CRUSADER!


Fighting the injustice and tyranny of the soon established First Galactic Empire, operating mostly within the law yet also via the courageous birth of the Rebel Alliance of whom he is such an important genesis part (established in deleted scenes from EPISODE III), the highly respected Alderaan statesman Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) is an essential player in the live action and animated realms of the Prequel STAR WARS universe, as well as the first singular standalone adventure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Mon Mothma and Bail Organa confer in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Perhaps we may even see more of Bail in the upcoming Obi-Wan or Cassian Andor series prequels on Disney+, alongside the already confirmed to appear Mon Mothma (played by Genevieve O'Reilly) for the latter, in 2022?

Saturday, 18 September 2021

ILM BEHIND THE SCENES: WIBBLY-WOBBLY WALKER!


Paul Huston and the model team prepare to bring down a soon wobbly AT-ST 'Chicken' Walker on a special miniature set situated outside of ILM in late 1982, for the memorable concluding Ewok battle of Return of the Jedi.

Retro feature on the Original Trilogy:

https://videoandfilmmaker.com/wp/index.php/features/a-look-back-at-star-wars-old-school-vfx/




Modelmaker Easy Owyeung on the challenges of working on the Trilogy:

https://vimeo.com/222299458

Friday, 17 September 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: OUT FROM THE SHADOWS!


In their new surroundings, it isn't long before Darth Vader finally reveals himself to Luke once more. Luke treads carefully, lightsaber reactivated, clearly sensing danger, in this great selection of images...

Norman Reynolds set design for the scene.

A close-up look at the gantry corridor and observation window area.


The combatants move in. Note Bob Anderson higher heeled Vader boots.








Conferring with Bob Anderson.

A close-in look at Bob Anderson in his stunt Vader mask and costume.