Tuesday, 29 July 2014

ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: MODEL REALITY!


Then still a vital part of the special effects process (and hopefully reawakened for the upcoming EPISODE VII), the art of model making would reach its booming zenith for EPISODE I, as an ILM tehncician/cameramen prepares to shoot on the expansive Boonta Eve Stadium creation.

Monday, 28 July 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: MIXING WITH ICONS...


UK script continuity supervisor Ann Skinner hangs around with a certain beloved Wookiee during filming of STAR WARS finale medal ceremony sequence, packed with around 200 extras playing Rebels at Shepperton Studios during May 1976.

Miss Skinner's all-important, note-filled continuity script is going to be showcased as part of a special rarity museum exhibit at the London BFI later this year, celebrating over three months a rich and very diverse season (though mostly British) of British created film and TV sci-fi- SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER. More info here: The BFI takes a giant leap into Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder | BFI

Sunday, 27 July 2014

CLASSIC ART: HAPPILY LOWERING THE TONE!


As we await the next iconic MAD parody with EPISODE VII in 2015, here's a flashback to the hilarious tribute they did for the first four movies back in August 1999, when STAR WARS mania returned with THE PHANTOM MENACE.

Image via The NY Comic Shop

Saturday, 26 July 2014

ROGUES, REBELS AND ROBOTS. 'STAR WARS REBELS' BREAKS OUT!

A building hope against the Empire. STAR WARS REBELS - coming soon! Image: DISNEY XD.

Any kind of publicity for EPISODE VII may have been deliberately lacking at this year's mega-busting San Diego COMIC CON, but STAR WARS fans were worthily compensated- treated to some special looks at the upcoming animated STAR WARS REBELS, including a sneak-peek at the full action-packed one-hour opener.

Here's the latest compilaton of clips and trailers that have been on the internet these past few days, as the DISNEY XD October transmission date draws near...

Star Wars Rebels: A Look Ahead | Star Wars Rebels | StarWars.com
▶ Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip -- "We're Even" - YouTube
▶ Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip - "Kanan vs. The Inquisitor" - YouTube
SDCC 2014: Thoughts on the First Episode of Star Wars Rebels - IGN
'Star Wars Rebels' fight scene: The Inquisitor has a tricky lightsaber | Inside TV | EW.com
SDCC 2014: "The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels" Panel - Liveblog | StarWars.com
Star Wars Master the Force | Official Disney UK



Don't forget, the new DORLING KINDERSLEY Visual Guide to the series is out now. Get it here: Star Wars Rebels the Visual Guide: Amazon.co.uk: Adam Bray: Books





Friday, 25 July 2014

CLASSIC ART: THE NEW JEDI ORDER...


Another classic Chris Trevas image, showing us Luke at the head of his New Republic-era Jedi, based within the Massassi Temples of the Fourth Moon of Yavin, as begun in the fateful events of Kevin J. Anderson's JEDI ACADEMY trilogy, and further cemented in other Expanded Universe books later down the line.

Whether Luke did indeed gather a new assemblage of Jedi outside the unofficial Expanded Universe, within the timeline of official events after EPISODE VI, and before the likely tumoultous 35 years after events of EPISODE VII, is unknown. Will young rising stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega be the proper start of the next generation of Jedi from 2015?


Attending MARVEL's UK premiere of sci-fi comedy GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Mark Hamill was interviewed by the BBC about EPISODE VII, and the contractually-obligated growing of his Alec Guinness-inspired beard: BBC News - Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, on Star Wars: Episode VII


CLASSIC IMAGE: FAMILY VALUES!


Within a superb recreation of the Rebel Blockade Runner interior, Gary the Stormtrooper, with obnoxious daughter Jessica, faces an unusual reaction from his Dark Lord boss, Darth Vader, during the classic Take Your Daughter to Work Day sketch from ROBOT CHICKEN.

▶ Take Your Daughter to Work Day | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim - YouTube

Thursday, 24 July 2014

CLASSIC IMAGE: BIKER SCOUT SKIRMISH!


With no time to enjoy the spacious beauty of the wild Endor forest, Princess Leia soon has a rough ride fighting Imperial Biker Scouts. Fortunately, she'll soon have a "little" help, in this scene from RETURN OF THE JEDI.

BEHIND THE SCENES: JUST RESTING MY EYES!


In between action rehearsals for EPISODE III at the FOX STUDIOS, Australia in 2003, Ewan McGregor enjoys some forty winks time whilst his trusty stunt double Nash Edgerton goes through some upcoming moves with Nick Gillard, for Obi-Wan's Boga-riding chase against General Grievous.

With thanks to Ian Trussler for the image.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

COMING SOON: STAR WARS ART: POSTERS


The next in the superb and lavish STAR WARS ART portfolio celebration books from J.W. Rinzler, LUCAS BOOKS and Abrams publishing, coming this October 2014- featuring poster art foreword/introduction contributions from legends Drew Struzan and Roger Kastel.

Can't wait to see what rare goodies will be in this one!

Here's the product blurb:

Few pieces of artwork distill the passion for Star Wars as do posters. From Tom Jung's iconic one-sheet for Episode IV to Roger Kastel’s Gone with the Wind–inspired painting for Episode V and beyond, Star Wars has enjoyed nearly four decades of poster art from some of the most renowned artists working in movies. The fifth book in the George Lucas–curated Star Wars Art series, Posters collects the best artwork from all six Star Wars films, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, and limited-edition prints. This collection unites all of the action, artistry, and drama of a galaxy far, far away into one lavishly produced tome.  

AFICIONADO PREVIEW: STEVEN SPIELBERG - 'THE SOUTH BANK SHOW ORIGINALS'

Master of fantasy: Steven Spielberg - in 1982 conversation with THE SOUTH BANK SHOW. Image: SKY ARTS 1/LWT.

James Cameron may have joyfully self-proclaimed himself "King of the World" back in 1997 for the incredible success of ship meets iceberg drama TITANIC, but director and entrepreneur Steven Spielberg pipped him to the post long before, what with his into the eighties quadruple whammy box office blockbuster hits of JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (his first collaboration with friend of many years, George Lucas), and, by 1982, the phenomenally popular, a boy and his inter-galactic Lassie, long-time box office number one reigning E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. It was in that very special and iconic year that the UK's top television arts programme, THE SOUTH BANK SHOW, fronted and edited by Melvyn Bragg, managed to catch Spielberg for a very insightful and memorable interview about his life and career up to that point. Never previously repeated after its original ratings-winning, late Sunday-night airing, parts of that terrific programme have now been put together by its original presenter for a half-hour retrospective, within a special classics revisited season (bearing the moniker "Originals"), airing on the UK's SKY ARTS 1 HD programme next Thursday 31st July, 2014, at 9.30pm.

This revised edition sadly misses out on the detailed look at the start of his television career (especially linked to projects like NIGHT GALLERY- his famously acknowledged directing of Joan Crawford at such a young age, and the incredible on the map success emerging from his nightmare road movie DUEL), though his interest in films from a very early age is included (literally recreating indelible scenes with his toys (especially trains!), filming them to notable effect). From there, we then pretty much go straight to the main four films that would make him such a seminal force in the industry, with showcase clips alongside Spielberg's talking about the genesis of each one, the selection of certain techniques to realize them, how certain classic scenes came to be, and how E.T. was his (then) most personal and relatable film to date. Spielberg is serious yet funny, intelligent and exuberant in this classic material- still the kidult and not yet the kind of settled and serious creative conglomerate he would be by the mid-nineties. Here's a guy who just loves making motion pictures that will genuinely entertain and live forever in people's hearts and as part of entertainment history. Flashing forward to the now, Bragg recalls his positive time and meetings with Spielberg, the American director already aware of the arts show critical reputation at that tine, and there's an additional contribution that will interest STAR WARS spin-off movie fans from rising star UK talent Gareth Edwards, the man behind the recent re-imagining of GODZILLA, talking on and off about his favourite Spielberg movie scenes and how he has been such an instrumental creative force in shaping his own career as a film-maker.

AFICIONADO REVIEW: Being honest, the original version of this "Original" could, and should, have been repeated in its entirety, but what's been selected within this half-hour is certainly enjoyable, informative, and well worth a look. 3 out of 5

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