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Friday, 22 November 2019

EPISODE IX: OUT IN FORCE!

Image by Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm/Disney.

On the chilled, snow-clad streets of Kijimi, Kylo Ren's First Order Stormtroopers seek out Rebellion activity, in a military force moment from The Rise of Skywalker.

ROGUE ONE: THE ERSO FACTOR!


Amidst the clever juxtapositions of the Death Star and the tropical world of Scarif (and its Imperial base), young rebel Jyn Erso must face the ultimate challenges as the heroine of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in this cool poster artwork leading up to the film's release in 2016, by Matt Ferguson. Note that this poster is more aligned with the film's originally shot version- note the lone signal station as seen in the film's original teaser trailer, which was located separate to the main Imperial facility.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

EPISODE IX: WHEN REY 'MET' VADER!


Finally, Rey discovers the legacy of Darth Vader, and how his past presence in the Dark Side of the Force still resonates and influences the future, in this scene, we assume within some kind of Imperial/First Order Archive, from The Rise of Skywalker.

(12) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | “End” TV Spot - YouTube

CLASSIC ART: DESCENT TO THE STARKILLER!


Another great piece of James Clyne concept/production art for The Force Awakens, as Resistance X-wings descend to attack Starkiller Base and its ascending TIE fighters. It's also a nice visual reference to A New Hope's Special Edition, with the new shot of the Rebel fighters descending into the Death Star.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

EPISODE IX: FALCON FLY-TIME!


Poe Dameron said he can fly anything, so it's great to see him with Chewbacca at the controls of the iconic mind-of-its-own Millennium Falcon, during another pivotal action moment from the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker.

BEHIND THE SCENES: A GREEN SCREEN DEMISE!


At ILM, actress Amy Allen prepares to film Aayla Secura's Order 66 death scene against green screen, with Star Wars creator George Lucas on hand to help fill in the visual clues to the Felucia background that will be added on behind her by the time of EPISODE III's 2005 release.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

EPISODE IX: THE TIES THAT BIND...


The original Star Wars saga is coming to an end and the upcoming Entertainment Weekly magazine is in celebratory mood, giving us these great classic characters composition covers spanning the three trilogies.




https://ew.com/movies/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-new-photos/

ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: FALCON FLYING!


The original A New Hope large size Millennium Falcon model is back on the ILM blue screen filming stage ready for action, with top effects legend ready to coordinate her destiny, in this great behind the scenes shot from late 1982 for Return of the Jedi.

Edlund Interviews:
https://medium.com/art-science/the-force-behind-the-original-star-wars-magic-vfx-legend-richard-edlund-8cc8ef632e8b

https://ascmag.com/articles/beyond-the-frame-star-wars-episode-iv-a-new-hope

Richard Edlund was one of the many excellent guests past and present celebrating the work of the original Star Wars back in June 2019, as part of the Galactic Innovations talk at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in California. This was an event linked to Lucasfilm's special donation of its first Dysktraflex camera to the Academy.

https://www.oscars.org/events/galactic-innovations-star-wars-rogue-one

Monday, 18 November 2019

EPISODE IX: DOMAIN OF EVIL!


In a realm yet to be revealed, Emperor Palpatine's immense and ominous throne, carved from evil, awaits its Sith Master's presence, in this great image from The Rise of Skywalker. The great man of evil is also briefly shown in the film's final trailer, looking down towards Rey. But if it's indeed him, how did he survive the Battle of Endor?


As has been noted by fans recently, the design of the chair is another welcome tribute to the Classic Trilogy's past - based on great early conceptual art pieces by the much-missed Ralph McQuarrie, originally for Revenge of the Jedi.

Revenge of the Jedi concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.

CLASSIC IMAGE: BEACH BABE PRINCESS!


Even Princesses like to have fun once in a while, as our favourite heroine from 'A Long Time Ago...' is transported to Earth during the fifties, at a time when beach parties, bikini babes and 'Surf's Up!' were the in-thing! A great shot of a pre-'Slave Girl' outfit Carrie Fisher in prime bikini style alongside top comedienne Gilda Radner, during the classic NBC TV's Saturday Night Live sketch/parody - 'Beach Blanket Bimbo from Outer Space' - which aired 18/11/78. Making the most of her quirky side, Miss Fisher even got to sing as Leia once again after her memorable Holiday Special cameo, this time with the classic 'New Kid on Earth'.