CELEBRATING FORTY GLORIOUS YEARS OF 'THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK' AT STARWARS.COM

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: LUKE FIGHTS ON!


Having deflected a blow from Vader, the cornered Luke manages to pick himself back and up the stairs to the end of the gantry fin, as the duel continues- a brief duelling scene that never made the final cut of the movie.







Tuesday, 19 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: CORNERED!


Dave Prowse returns to playing Vader, suiting up for the tense moment where the Dark Lord corners Luke at the end of the Cloud City gantry vent area. A great behind the scenes shot (a different take image from the one normally seen in magazines) watched on by/involving Assistant Director David Tomblin (left, by rail) and his team, plus Stunt Coordinator Peter Diamond (looking at Prowse and Hamill).

"You are beaten. It is useless to resist."

Luke fights back, deflecting Vader's approaching blade.

Another great outtake behind the scenes image, as Kershner can also be seen on set.


Monday, 18 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: CLASHING DAMAGE!

Image: Star Wars Screen Caps site.

As the scene builds in dramatic intensity, the surroundings battle damage caused by the Sith/Jedi combatants' clashing lightsaber blades continues unabated...

Overall, the gantry lightsaber duel took a full week to complete at Elstree, but then required additional reshooting after the filmed footage was noticeably damaged when seen in rushes.

Heightening the conflict further, and establishing the setting with a spectacular matte painting.

Harrison Ellenshaw works on the painting at ILM.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

FESTIVE FUN WITH 'A VADER FAMILY SITHNESS' - OUT NOW


May the Force be with us, every one!

Christmas is a time for everyone, even for a former Jedi turned Sith Lord, whose psychological profile is burdened with persistent family issues. It's time to enjoy another fun and offbeat children's book celebrating Darth Vader from acclaimed American talent Jeffrey Brown: A Vader Family Sithmas, available for the festive season and beyond from Chronicle Books.

Here's the publicity info:

How does Santa deliver gifts to the Death Star with no chimney? Where does the Imperial Sithmas tree come from? What's the best gift for a Wookiee? Sithmas time is here, and author/artist Jeffrey Brown returns to the galaxy far, far away to bring holiday humour and cheer to his New York Times bestselling Star Wars series in A Vader Family Sithmas.

This sweetly funny seasonal celebration sees Vader doing his best to raise his rebellious kids while running the Galactic Empire and navigating holiday cheer. From Force-wielding snowball fights, and Jabba the Hutt's hit holiday party, to sledding with Han Solo, and a special message delivered by R2-D2, this charming family album of festivity is the stocking stuffer of the season for fans of all ages and throughout the galaxy.

Get it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Vader-Family-Sithmas/dp/1797207733/ref=sr_1_1?crid=150KZCSJDJQRI&dchild=1&keywords=a+vader+family+sithmas&qid=1634124424&s=books&sr=1-1

Official site:

https://www.chroniclebooks.com/

Saturday, 16 October 2021

'SOLO': MAKING FRIENDS!

Their unique relationship may have gotten off to an extremely rocky and violent start on the hostile world of Mimban, but soon enough the familiar bonds of diverse friendship are cemented between Han Solo and Chewbacca (soon known as 'Chewie', to Han) as they are accepted into the unusual trio of criminals led by Tobias Beckett, in a memorable and charming moment from Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Friday, 15 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: DUELLING TO THE EDGE!



Now outside, the duo fight on, but Vader is winning the battle with a devastating offensive, forcing Luke into a precarious situation on the gantry as he fights back but retreats, soon running out of space to fight.

A selection of superb duelling images, plus behind the scenes...

On the left edge of the set, Bob Anderson and Mark Hamill await their cue to begin lightsaber duelling.




Bob Anderson confers with Mark Hamill between duel filming takes.



Thursday, 14 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: RETURN TO DANGER!

Image extended via wide matte painting.

Having recovered from his latest ordeal during his conflict against Darth Vader, Luke finds the energy to return back to the area of battle, of which the worst is yet to come...

ILM storyboard.


Bob Anderson and Mark Hamill soon fighting on the exterior ledge.


Closer-in version of image.

Matte Painting around the entrance area set filmed at Elstree.


Wednesday, 13 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: LUKE'S NEXT MOVE!


Barely recovered from his latest encounter with Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, reunited with his lightsaber, make his way back into the control area in a sequence filmed at Elstree Studios that will be enhanced with matte painting work by ILM.




Establishing matte painting for the sequence.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: THE FALCON ESCAPES!


Back in the piloting seat, Chewie maneuvers the Falcon off of the landing platform and into the clouds, and just in time as more Imperial Stormtroopers flood the area, blasting away at the departing craft...

Matte painting for departure scene,


Monday, 11 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: STORMTROOPER STRIKE BACK!


Leia and Lando's blaster shots are making their mark on the attacking Imperial Stormtroopers but the overwhelming re-enforcements soon see our heroes gradually escape back into the Falcon just as it's about to escape Cloud City. An exciting trio of action images from the film showing  our favourite baddies who shoot a lot better in Empire than they did during the original Star Wars!




Sunday, 10 October 2021

'RAIDERS' AT 40: OPENING THE ARK!


The Ark has once more fallen back into Nazi hands, of which our heroes are now resultantly captured and await their deaths. But not before the ancient and mysterious relic is opened to Belloq and company in a special Jewish festival (unnerving to the Germans) that will hopefully unlock the Ark's deepest secrets prior to its delivery to the power-mad Adolf Hitler.

Indy knows the potential dangers ahead and warns Marion to keep her eyes shut.

Spielberg and Ford in between takes.




Saturday, 9 October 2021

EPISODE VIII: FAMILY FAREWELL!


The battle against the heavily armed First Order on Crait has not gone well, as courageous Resistance forces now diminish in front of their friends' sad and helpless eyes. But at their most desperate hour, hope comes from an unexpected source for General Leia Organa, as the final goodbyes, in the physical realm, are shared between devoted brother and sister, in a truly emotional scene from The Last Jedi.

Friday, 8 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: BATTLEGROUND PLATFORM!


The epic battle of our heroes to escape Bespin's Cloud City is stunningly captured in this production painting art from Ralph McQuarrie, circa 1978/79.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: ROYAL SHOOTER!


Buying time for our heroes to board the Falcon, Leia 's crack markswoman-ship continues unabated, and perhaps with some zeal for revenge for what's been done to Han Solo, in this scene from The Empire Strikes Back.






Wednesday, 6 October 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: RACE TO THE FALCON!



Our heroes race to the Falcon on it's landing platform as more enemy re-enforcements arrive, in this superb action scene with rousing accompanying music from John Williams...

The Falcon takes a hit from newly arrived Imperial Stormtroopers.

Storyboard for the wide angle scene where our heroes will rush to the Falcon.


Matte painting for end departure battle.

Leia prepares to give covering fire to the approaching Artoo.

Fun art by Joe Johnston capturing the filming of the escape scene at Elstree.