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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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Star Wars Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye Story Conference

In the midst of fraught  post-production on Star Wars, George Lucas was planning ahead. As we reported in our previous The Great Unmade: Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye, Lucas was hedging his bets. He wasn’t convinced that his space opera would be a great success, and considered using his ghost author for the novelization, Alan […]

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Scene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

The Mine chase – Please keep your hands in the car at all times I’m not one for bemoaning the advance of CG effects over practical models and glass matte shots: if an effect is done well, that’s all I care about. However (!) there is something thrilling about the ingenuity behind old school methods; […]

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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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“A New Awakening” – Star Wars Episode IV and VII Shot Comparison

  Star Wars The Force Awakens to some degrees mirrors not just the original film (A New Hope in the grand scheme of the saga) but all films in the original trilogy. Some though took issue with director J.J. Abrams, claiming it’s little more than a retread of the original, right down to the plot. […]

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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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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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“This IS the STAR WARS film you are looking for” – THE FORCE AWAKENS Guest Review

James Bond memoir author Mark O’Connell (Catching Bullets) has once again graciously agreed to us posting another of his excellent reviews, this time for the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens (see also his Star Wars appreciation looking back on his childhood Force frenzy in Out magazine, The Force Is Fabulous With This One). […]

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