|Early lightsaber mock-ups at Elstree Studios.|
The lightsaber. Truly the most important and history-making prop ever devised for the entire STAR WARS saga, used by a wealth of stunning characters, for good and for evil, within an epic saga set over seventy years, including that infamous red lit blade that will surely by used again on screen by the merciless Darth Vader, for the upcoming anthology movie ROGUE ONE.
|Ben Kenobi introduces Luke Skywalker to the lightsaber.|
A thing of beauty and seeming simplicity, the lightsaber has also become one of the most celebrated props in film history and a key part of the incredible success of the saga's being translated to the world of toys and merchandise for all ages to enjoy. Academy Award winning Set Decorator and respected film director Roger Christian was the man whose flair and imagination brought that "civilised weapon" to instinctively right and practical reality for George Lucas and that Galaxy of a "Long Time Ago", "Far, Far Away"...
|Roger Christian at Elstree in 1976.|
Find out how Christian became involved in a STAR WARS universe about to explode into the hearts and minds of cinema-dom and pop culture, and brought not just the lightsaber but other incredible props, creatures and sets to memorable and now long-lasting life, as well as the other landmark projects that proceeded it (including that other classic, Alien), with his lovely and truly detailed hardback memoir (also available in ebook): CINEMA ALCHEMIST, out now from TITAN BOOKS.
Get it here: Titan Books - Cinema Alchemist - Roger Christian
Roger Christian, original Star Wars designer, recalls making movie magic - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News
Interview: Roger Christian Talks ALIEN, STAR WARS, THE SENDER and being a 'Cinema Alchemist' - Shock Till You Drop
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Look out for AFICIONADO's review, soon...