Friday, 21 September 2018
It evaded the 'Imperial Entanglements' with speed and daring, and now the super-fast Millennium Falcon has rushed into an encounter with and even bigger and more unusual threat- the alien summa-verminoth, emerging from the dark of the Kessel Maw's maelstrom, and clearly something Han Solo and his crew wish to avid at all costs, in this great effects shot from Solo: A Star Wars Story, out next week in the UK on numerous home entertainment formats.
Thursday, 20 September 2018
We're used to the official evocative shot of Luke alongside Darth Vader in the Throne Room lift of the Death Star II that has been effectively utilized in press and publicity for Return of the Jedi since 1983, so how nice to see another image from the posed shoot appear online recently. Especially as the struggle between father and son had been such a vital part of that film's emotional core.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
On the Pinewood Studios set of Dryden Vos's luxury liner in 2017, acclaimed director Ron Howard gets ready to film another part of the climactic meeting between the evil gangster and Han Solo regarding the stolen Coaxium. From Solo: A Star Wars Story, out next week on UK home entertainment formats.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Their Battle Droids may have shown incompetence during the battle of Naboo, but their creators on the creepy world of Geonosis are always out to make improvements- powerful improvements, as seen here with the front and centre Super Battle Droids soon unveiled into battle against the mighty but small in numbers Jedi force newly arrived on that outer rim hellspot. The infamous The Clone Wars begin, in this great art linked to EPISODE II.
If anyone knows the artist behind this spectacular piece, please get in touch.
Monday, 17 September 2018
Need a big distraction when you're stealing one of the most valuable substances in the galaxy from a dangerous crime syndicate? Well, have no fear, L3-37 is here, and she's stirring up a droid revolution to boot! A great scene for the character from Solo:A Star Wars Story, out this month on home entertainment formats worldwide.
Sunday, 16 September 2018
They've escaped their bonds and taken control of a truck, now Marion, Indy and Mutt must race against time to recapture the alien Crystal Skull head from Spalko and her squad deep in the heart of the Amazon. Thankfully, wherever Indy goes, he always manages to find something handy to make use of! It's time for a rumble in the jungle during the final act to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Saturday, 15 September 2018
Master Yoda and one of his clone commanders meet with the legendary Chewbacca on Kashyyyk, in this great conceptual pad art by Dave Filoni for episodes that, as part of the long-planned lead-in to EPISODE III, we hope will make an reality in The Clone Wars upcoming final season batch, coming soon to Disney's new pay channel..
|Tarfful maintains a spiritual connection to his planet.|
Friday, 14 September 2018
On board the speedy and ultra-smooth streamlined Millennium Falcon for the first time, a subtly enthused Han Solo starts to explore the potential of the vessel- the kind his father used to work on on Corellia, in this nicely composed image from Solo: A Star Wars Story, out this month on UK home entertainment formats.
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Fresh from their success on creating the incredible effects work for the original Star Wars, it now seems hard to believe but the majority of the young and innovative ILM team led by John Dykstra were out of work by the early Summer of 1977, before the film's impactful release. Thankfully, a whole spate of sci-fi projects would follow in the wake of the George Lucas phenomenon. First out of the gate would be Star Worlds, later named Galactica, then finally Battlestar Galactica- the small screen space epic by Glen A. Larson crafted for ABC TV. As the likes of (an unhappy) Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie handled the visual design, so too did Dykstra (here with Doug Smith who's wearing a classic in-house produced Star Wars T-shirt) and the model of the Galactica) importantly become one of the series early producers on the first five episodes (including the opening three hour (three-part) pilot which would also become an international theatrical release success).
Battlestar Galactica celebrates its 40th Anniversary today. Though the original series was ultimately despised by Lucas and Twentieth Century Fox for being too similar to their franchise, it's interesting to note that everyone would go on to adore the gritty and downright depressing modern remake of the noughties, developed by Ronald D. Moore, especially writer/director Rian Johnson, who'd cite it as a key influence on some of the tone of his eventual EPISODE VIII!
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA!
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
The industrial planet of Corellia has become known for its construction of the immense Imperial Star Destroyers for the Galactic Empire, like this one here, seen on the surface of one of the main gargantuan construction facilities IN this scene setting, planet-establishing conceptual art idea for Solo: A Star Wars Story by James Clyne, inspired by real world visions of heavy duty industry.
Discover more about the realms of Corellia- the home of Han Solo, as well as many other fascinating environs, tech and character design evolution crafted by the talented cadre of production illustrators that worked on the the movie, inside the glorious pages of The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story, written and compiled by Phil Szostak (featuring introductions from top ILM artist James Clyne and Production Designer Neil Lamont), published by ABRAMS. It's a truly gorgeous and informative coffee table book for any fan's collection.
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