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Thursday, 16 August 2018

THE CLONE WARS: A PACT FOR DESTRUCTION!


It is their strength yet also their curse: the Sith 'Rule of Two', with each apprentice eager to usurp the power of their master. Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) may ultimately have been the sacrificial pawn to his experienced overlord in Darth Sidious, but he would still under the radar pursue his own ambitions, of which his new partner-in-crime in the revenge-fuelled Asajj Ventress proved an eager and capable student!

A great image of the evil duo used in European marketing for the the so far one and only The Clone Wars animated movie of 2008

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

HAPPY TENTH BIRTHDAY TO 'THE CLONE WARS' ANIMATED MOVIE!


The fate of the universe and an Old Republic rests in the hands of a Jedi Order that is now truly overwhelmed by an enveloping fog of darkness and evil, but Jedi Knight turned General Anakin Skywalker thrives on challenge, the raging inner conflicts between loyalty and love to his new wife now distracted by the beginning of the history-making Clone Wars, as he leads an equally valiant troop of dedicated and loyal band of clones soldiers across the inner and outer rims against the forces of Sith Lord malevolence Count Dooku. Star Wars: The Clone Wars the original animated movie debuted today in the UK, ten years ago.

We knew the film and the subsequent series was going to be a winner the moment Dave Filoni and first series producer Catherine Winder aired sneak peek footage to eager audiences at the US Celebration event of 2007, and AFICIONADO can't wait for the remaining new closure episodes (finally leading in to EPISODE III) to air soon.

KOOL TV Anniversary feature:
https://kooltvblog.blogspot.com/2018/08/soldiers-of-force-clone-wars-tenth.html

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

CLASSIC ART: DANGER WITHIN THE 'LIVING FORCE'!


The young Obi-Wan Kenobi looks towards the planet Naboo, sensing an upcoming disturbance in the Force, whilst a servant droid awaits his bidding, in this cool concept/production painting for EPISODE I by Doug Chiang.

The image may have been done when the visual realisation of the Prequel era Jedi were still being worked out, or Chiang may have just decided to paint Obi-Wan in the character costume design he conceived and liked the most at that time.

Monday, 13 August 2018

EPISODE IX: THE NEW SUPREME LEADER...?


He's let the past and his legacy fascination of Darth Vader 'die', and he's surely become the Supreme Ruler of the galaxy by the time EPISODE IX's begins- in a timeline set quite a while after the events of VIII. But just what kind of leadership and tactical cunning will the former leader of the Knights of Ren bring to the First Order's destiny, and its role against the building Resistance...?

An always fascinating character to watch, so well played by Adam Driver, it'll be further interesting to see what new physical and mental skills and emotional facets Kylo Ren inherits at the same time the now more confident and challenging Rey does (their building powers, one for light and one for darkness, having run near parallel in The Force Awakens). What will happen when the two eventually meet again after their last lightsaber exploding encounter, and presumably in their final decisive combat...?


Sunday, 12 August 2018

'SOLO': WELCOME TO FORT YPSO!


Vandor may have a distinctly cold climate, but it still attracts lots of warm-blooded humanoids and aliens to it from throughout the galaxy, especially at its mountain based Fort Ypso, of which Han and Qi'ra, with Chewbacca in tow, are soon on their way there to acquire the skills of a special individual, in this great picturesque scene from Solo: A Star Wars Story. I love the huge animal tusk assembly above the main outdoor stairwell.


Here's one of the early concept paintings for the Western-esque setting- another visual reference/homage by James Clyne to the classic movie McCabe and Mrs. Miller, from the 1970's, and its snowbound frontier town setting. Clyne would be Solo's longest serving concept artist/designer on the standalone SW film, stretching across two and a half years.


Discover more great conceptual work and behind the scenes information on the film inside the lavish The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story, written and compiled by Phil Szostak, out now from ABRAMS.

Get it here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Solo-Star-Wars-Story/dp/1419727451/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534073891&sr=8-1&keywords=the+art+of+solo

Saturday, 11 August 2018

ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: HALCYON DAYS!


With funding from George Lucas and Twentieth Century Fox, the future of special effects film-making would be changed forever more by those talented hippy-esque youngsters of the newly formed Industrial Light and Magic, headed up by let-loose experienced talent John Dykstra. All quickly bonding, they'd work from premises originally located at Van Nuys, California. Grotty and restrictive that early environment must surely have been, yet such movie magic that would come out from it, near unparalleled by the original Star Wars release in 1977!

The original ILM team reunited:
http://www.starwars.com/news/ilm-reunion-40-years-of-star-wars


Friday, 10 August 2018

EPISODE VIII: STRAINED RELATIONS!


Leia's calming and decisive leadership is much missed, and the Resistance vessels are running out of time and fuel against the pursuers. Now is not the time for a clash of leadership, but Poe Dameron and Vice Admiral Holdo just can't help it, during some noteworthy scenes from The Last Jedi.

http://ew.com/movies/2018/03/27/laura-dern-admiral-holdo-last-jedi-force-sensitive/

Thursday, 9 August 2018

ROGUE ONE: A STONE REMINDER...


Purged by the Empire they may have been, but the legacy of the Jedi and their use of the Force remains potent on the far-off world of Jedha, via the immense wrecked statues (this one suspiciously looking like Sir Alec Guinness - perhaps a deliberate visual tribute to the actor) dedicated to their work protecting the galaxy, as seen in this great imagery from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This shot would replace an aerial image of the statue seen in an earlier trailer for the film, linked to the arrival of Jyn and Cassian on the planet.

https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/rogue-one-fire-gone-from-universe.html

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

EPISODE VII: HANGAR WAR!


Never expecting to stage a mini war in one of their own docking bays, First Order Stormtroopers do their best to stop a rogue TIE fighter escaping their grasp. A very cool, non-CGI added shot from footage filmed at Pinewood Studios for The Force Awakens in Summer 2014.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: A TIME FOR RETREAT!


The Sith's revenge on the Jedi and the galaxy is almost complete- as even the powerful Master Yoda is forced to retreat from the omnipotent wrath of Darth Sidious, in this great animatic shot created by ILM for EPISODE III circa 2004.