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Sunday, 22 October 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: HIGH SPEED KILLERS!


Back in the Death Star exhaust port trench and accelerating faster than before, Darth Vader and his wingmen are gaining ground on Luke Skywalker's solitary X-wing fighter, eager to obliterate him.

Dennis Muren once more ready to capture some model filming at ILM.

Making an adjustment to the blue screen support.

Grant McCune and Lorne Peterson ready Vader's craft for a fake filming sequence for The Making of STAR WARS TV special, aired in 1977.

BEHIND THE SCENES: COUNT SMILEY!


When the evil Count Dooku smiles during the Prequel trilogy, it's usually with vicious relish, so its nice to his other persona off set, acting legend Chrisopher Lee, giving us a warm and pleasing one to savour instead, behind the scenes in 2000, during shooting of EPISODE II.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: THE 'TOKEN SURVIVOR'


One of the Rebel Alliance's youngest hothead pilots, it's no surprise that Wedge Antilles and the recently arrived on Yavin IV Luke Skywalker would become friends so quickly, especially in this dangerous time speeding through the Death Star trench, though a malfunction ultimately proves lucky for Antilles, saving him from certain death at the trigger-happy hands of Darth Vader and his wingmen.

Now known as the second Wedge after prior filming with Colin Higgins, Denis Lawson's voice would ultimately be dubbed in this film by David Ankrum, during later post production completed in the States. Several extra lines of dialogue in and out of the trench between his character and Luke were lost in the final cut, and it was originally in the script that Wedge departed the trench run after Biggs death and not before, informing Luke that his friend has been killed.

https://uk.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=visicom&hsimp=yhs-weathernow&p=denis+lawson+interview+starwars.com&type=9655080_GB_uk

https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/behind-scenes-red-flight-at-elstree.html

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BEHIND THE SCENES: BESPIN CAMERADERIE!


Despite what will be a long and gruelling shooting schedule, disrupted from the start by a previous fire at Elstree Studios linked to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the main cast of The Empire Strikes Back, shooting their Bespin scenes with welcome newcomer Billy Dee Williams, always found a way to share a laugh or two.

The scene being filmed in this image ended up being deleted. More info here: https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/deleted-scene-landos-guided-tour.html

Friday, 20 October 2017

EPISODE VIII: ENTER AMILYN HOLDO!


POSSIBLE SPOILERS! A vital new supporting player for the Resistance struggle comes into play for The Last Jedi and likely Episode IX in Laura Dern's striking Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Very much in the Mon Mothma mode, though not afraid to take arms in battle, she will surely be the torch bearer, alongside Poe Dameron, to the cause against the First Order passed on from the departing General Leia Organa at the end of VIII. It's great to see a new picture of this sure-to-be-popular character, clearly in a key meeting with other operatives and droids (of which this film will showcase a wide variety).

Laura Dern talks VIII: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcdTXpC9Xzo

EPISODE VIII: 'SCUM AND VILLAINY' - GOING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!


We're used to seeing low life scum in the STAR WARS universe - bounty hunters, informants, killers and thieves of the Outer Rim, now The Last Jedi shows us a different but no less memorable side of villainy at the lush and decadent Canto Bight casino on Canto, bringing in a diverse and powerful variety of all-new corrupt evildom, whose distinguished clothes and wealth-on-tap peoples and patrons can't hide their true, petty, greedy veneers, and status as collaborators to anyone who'll widen their bank accounts, be it Resistance or First Order.

http://www.starwars.com/news/check-out-the-cover-and-new-details-of-journey-to-star-wars-the-last-jedi-canto-bight

'STAR WARS' AT 40: THAT OTHER 'SHOOTING STAR'!

A Panaflex camera with an illustrious filming history prepares to film Garrick Hagon at Elstree during July 1976.

In his cramped cockpit and under bright studio lights, Garrick Hagon gets ready to film his scenes as Biggs Darklighter (aka Red Three), Luke Skywalker's best friend from simpler times on Tatooine, though you wouldn't really have known that proper if you were a generic audience member watching the film for the first time back in 1977, or hadn't seen the late 1976 MARVEL comic or the later published STAR WARS STORYBOOK,which gave the worldwide STAR WARS fan base its first and now legendary tantalizing glimpse of the film's deleted scenes visually, all of whose images were pretty much devoted to the Tatooine-based scenes of Biggs with Luke before the former's departure to secretly join the Rebellion.

Colourized image of classic Garrick Hagon/Biggs B/W shot.

In the lead-up to and at the Battle of Yavin, Biggs further suffered quite a few great little lost moments before his sad demise at the hands of Darth Vader. The April 1976 Revised Fourth Draft script used for filming refers to Biggs showing sadness at the loss of his wingman Porkins (Red Six), and, before Red Leader's trench run, he'd shoot down an attacking TIE fighter going after Luke (an earlier TIE attack on Red Five previously foiled by Wedge), followed by his doing a celebratory victory roll with his fighter. After the deleted first unsuccessful trench run made by Luke and his wingmen, we also would have seen him evading one of Vader's TIE support -reuniting with Wedge and Luke, telling them "Don't ever give up on old Biggs", whilst showing some speedy piloting alongside them. Though some of the script corresponding effects shots were likely never completed linked to his deleted scenes, you can bet that most of the actor's cockpit dialogue lines were filmed and survived, having been already pre-filmed before the official editing Post Production phase.

Prior to the space battle on Yavin, it's sad that his reunion scene with Luke, later restored partially to the 1997 Special Edition, in which he refers to himself and his friend as "a couple of shooting stars" was never filmed- a great regret according to Hagon, the line instead changed to the less impressive "They'll never stop us" by the time of lensing at Shepperton Studios, taking place several months before the cockpit scenes were filmed at Elstree.

Actor's official site: http://www.garrickhagon.com/ 

https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/behind-scenes-red-flight-at-elstree.html

https://www.scifinow.co.uk/interviews/star-wars-interview-garrick-hagon/

ROGUE ONE: ESCAPE FROM SCARIF!


As the damaged and in repair Blockade Runner carrying a special royal personage is trapped in its berth within the dying Calamari cruiser Perfundity, surviving soldiers escaping the terrifying lightsaber-wielding carnage wrought by Darth Vader rush down the now sealed main airlock corridor- one noteworthy individual (played by a certain British director named Gareth Edwards) rushing to activate the clamp release that will send their ship into space and away from further onslaught, as the terrific bridging-saga's scene from ROGUE ONE begins.


Find out what happened next in that short period between Princess Leia Organa and her ship's fast escape from Scarif to its arrival, under Imperial pursuit, above the equally far-off world of Tatooine, through screenwriter Gary Whitta's excellent short story, Raymus, a showcase within the fascinating collection/ homage to Episode IV: A New Hope, celebrating its many diverse supporting characters in 40 special adventures: A Certain Point of View, out now in UK hardback from CENTURY, and earning rave reviews from fans and critics.



Thursday, 19 October 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: BATTLE BEYOND THE DEATH STAR!


The classic 1977 image soon used for marketing/promotion for STAR WARS which we all wish had been in the film- (we assume Luke's) X-wing fighter bearing down on Darth Vader's unique ship, with the Death Star lurking in the background. With very few optical shot frames available for publicity by the film's release, this was a special composite image by Richard Edlund and ILM, with laser fire airbrushed on by Ralph McQuarrie.

Truly a magical and exciting shot,  I remember it being used effectively by Letraset UK stationery for 1978 ring binders, whilst Stateside as the very special cover for American Cinematographer magazine, for whom it was first conceived.

https://theasc.com/magazine/starwars/index.html

CLASSIC ART: BALANCE PHILOSOPHISER!


The subtle power and strong nobility of Liam Neeson's Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn, from EPISODE I, shines through in this lovely art from regular artistic genius Tsuneo Sanda.

http://www.sandaworld.com/