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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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Unsung Heroes: Pat Roach

The term “gentle giant” is often a cliche only because it is true. And it very much applied to 6ft 5in Pat “Bomber” Roach: Birmingham born gentleman of the wrestling ring, writer, and also actor / stunt performer, who played many heavies in genre films. This in contrast to his  cornerstone role as the sensible […]

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Star Wars Original Trilogy: 20 Classic Moments

  May the fourth be with you! It’s that time of year when Star Wars fans celebrate all things Star Wars related. To mark the date, we at Cinetropolis want to share 20 classic moments across the original trilogy: Star Wars Ep.IV: A New Hope (ANH), The Empire Strikes Back (ESB), and Return Of The Jedi (ROTJ). Not […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Battlestar Galactica (1978), Mormons From Outer Space

What the frack, Luke? Imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery, but not according to Star Wars creator George Lucas. TV hit maker Glen A Larson’s re-jigged concept “Adam’s Ark“, reborn as Universal ABC’s Battlestar Galactica, faced multiple lawsuits from George Lucas and 20th Century Fox on the basis of copyright infringement.  To add insult […]

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Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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Star Wars, Grindhoused

When George Lucas was making Star Wars back in the ’70’s, the 1930’s space serial throwback approach was a far from sure thing, with overshoots, over budgeting, and last minute untried special effects. It’s easy to forget how unusual it was, with it being so prevalent now in pop culture. The grungy, “used-universe” look of the film […]

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American Graffiti: A Video Essay

Vimeo user Andrew Saladino‘s essay The Art Of Teen Films on George Lucas’ American Graffiti uses the film as an example (along with Dazed And Confused, and The Last Picture Show) to show how to penetrate the world of the teenager in a very real way, by focusing on diegetic music and sound as a storytelling […]

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Industrial Light And Magic: Creating The Impossible

Tom Cruise narrates the below doc on the famous George Lucas owned special effects house, which also features interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau as well as many other producers and actors. The documentary is directed by Leslie Iwerks, the film maker who made The Pixar Story, a look at […]

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star wars begins: the filmumentary strikes back

A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away, it was rumoured there was forgotten Star Wars production footage, missing scenes and all manner of behind the scenes goodies that Lucasfilm would have us believe was unavailable. They didn’t count on Jamie Benning… NOTE: This is an amended form of my interview that first appeared last […]

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Star Wars Redux: Practical Magic

The internet has Star Wars fans in a quandary, with leaked snaps surfacing of grungy costumes and practical, weather beaten sets from the Abu Dhabi location of  Episode VII, and now Han Solo’s ride, The Millenium Falcon, under construction at a secret location. This, combined with the giant practical creature (operated by five internal puppeteers, it’s rumoured), […]

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