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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 2

Following part one of my read-thru, with his second draft, dated January 1975, George Lucas began stripping down his massive manuscript of ideas and refocusing them into something much more budget conscious and achievable for the time. The Skywalker is a prophetic figure, a man who learned how to manipulate the spiritual fabric of reality […]

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The Great Unmade? The Early Drafts of Star Wars, Part 1

Discussion of the origins of Star Wars must begin with Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress, the tale of a bearded General and a young Princess, both in the guise of peasants, trying to sneak across enemy lines while pursued by the clan who overthrew their kingdom, and having to work with a bumbling pair of […]

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Thinking In Circles – Interpreting The Star Wars Saga Through Ring Composition

      Even the most casual glance at the Star Wars prequels (and indeed, even within the original trilogy) will reveal recurring motifs. But have you really noticed the true depth of synchronicity with regard to narrative structure, plot points, themes and so on, that thread throughout all six (so far) films? Mike Klimo […]

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A Robot Tribute – Our A”droid”able Friends

“Balldroid” from the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer has fast become a fan favourite, already inspiring several Twitter accounts, fan posters, and 3D print instructions to create your very own. So we thought we’d share this video tribute to robots, both cute and menacing, from science fiction TV shows and movies through the […]

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Star Wars, “From A Certain Point Of View”

For years we’ve been led to believe the rebellion, or the “Alliance to restore the Republic” are some kind of heroes. But what if the Galactic Empire are the good guys, battling an insidious threat, orchestrated by a “crazy old wizard,” the last remaining shareholder of  J.E.D.I? Have we been fed a lie, “from a […]

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The Last Jedi: It’s So Much More

Star Wars mash-up maestro Nick Hedenbeck has done it again, quickly turning around a very cool edit of Rian Johnson’s The last Jedi teaser with apposite pieces from the original trilogy, The Force Awakens, and last year’s Rogue one. Enjoy.

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The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Breakdown

Like the mother of all trailers, the teaser for the next continuation of the Star Wars “Saga” films, The last Jedi, dropped at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. That sound you hear is a million+ voices crying out in ecstatic joy. So without further ado, let’s break this baby down, shall we? We open in space, seemingly, […]

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Rogue One And The Star Wars Saga Shot Comparisons

We’ve heard a lot about how the visual style of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One was intentionally more visceral at times, more hand-held and gritty than the classical structure of George Lucas’ original saga. Lucasfilm encouraged Edwards to bring the semi-improvisational, as it happens type sensibility from his low-budget debut Monsters to Rogue One – an approach […]

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The Force In Rogue One: A Stealth Presence

Much has been made of how the story threads and protagonists of Rogue One A Star Wars Story exist and strive to win against the Imperial horde in a world without Jedi, without The Force. A concept, a religion, already slipping into distant memory. Yet The Force subtly weaves its way throughout heroine Jyn Erso’s […]

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Tarkin Care Of Business: Rogue One’s Digital Peter Cushing And Princess Leia

One of the most exciting, groundbreaking and controversial elements of Rogue One A Star Wars Story, is the inclusion of a character, Grand Moff Tarkin, played in the original Star Wars by the now deceased Peter Cushing. Controversial, because the method used was a CG scan of his face over a physically similar actor (Holby […]

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