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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: Gerald Home, Return Of The Jedi’s Man Beneath the Masks

This month’s Unsung Hero played not one, but two alien background characters in Return Of The Jedi, yet is probably even more well known to the general public for an iconic advertising role, which we’ll get to later. I’m talking about Gerald Home. Belfast born Gerald Home moved to Australia at age 16, later attending […]

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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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A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand

Here’s a short video and audio compilation of interviews with Return Of The Jedi director Richard Marquand, a man unfairly maligned, being seen as under George Lucas’ thumb. Hopefully the recent excellent J W Rinzler book on the making of that film has gone some way to acknowledging the not inconsiderable input he had to the […]

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Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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The Great Unmade? Star Wars: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye

Imagine if you will, Star Wars hasn’t taken off quite as well as we now know. George Lucas had a contingency plan. He approached writer Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novelization of Star Wars, to come up with a story that could be knocked out as a quickie screen sequel. That story became the first Star Wars spin-off novel, […]

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The Star Wars 4k Restoration You *May* See Sometime

“Having had the good fortune of scrutinizing every scanned pixel of every 4K frame of many near-pristine original run prints, I find the most curious and distressing part of all of this to be this simple, undeniable fact: Every single frame of the Blu-Ray version of Star Wars is incorrect. There is not a single […]

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Unhappy Life Day – The Star Wars Holiday Special

Many people doubt the existence of Bigfoot. There are copious stories of what Bigfoot looks like, what he is supposed to be and there is even grainy film footage of him. Many people just dismiss Bigfoot witnesses as opportunists trying to fool people into believing what is essentially just a myth. George Lucas would like you to believe that […]

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: A Scoundrel’s Mantle

With each further glimpse of Star Wars The Force Awakens it’s clear that there is no reset button in the galaxy far, far away to a peaceful Republic redux. Indeed, with the revelation that Luke Skywalker is missing, and there is a sort of “death cult” that idolises Darth Vader, led by the sinister Kylo […]

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Indiana Jones 4 And Echoes Of The Past

“It’s like poetry, it rhymes” – Creator George Lucas, not content with his Star Wars Ring Cycle, also got Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg in on the act, casting back to earlier films in the series with many shots and set-ups in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.  Roll VT… Originally posted 2015-09-09 17:04:02. Republished by […]

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