A disturbance in the force was felt by every Star Wars fan as we had to bid a sad farewell to Peter Mayhew, the gentle giant behind the face of the mighty Chewbacca. We’re sure Peter and the dear departed Carrie Fisher would want us all to celebrate the world they helped make. Let’s spend a day with Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and their friends.
When George couldn’t decide what to do with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Taxi Driver and Star Wars editor Marcia Lucas came up with an outrageous solution: kill him. “Her first idea was to have Threepio get shot, and I said impossible, because I wanted to start and end the film with the robots,” George told Rolling Stone in 1977. “But then the more I thought about Ben getting killed, the more I liked the idea.”
Marcia’s greatest contribution to Star Wars was the Death Star trench-run sequence, which took her eight weeks to edit. “If the audience doesn’t cheer when Han Solo comes in at the last second in the Millennium Falcon to help Luke when he’s being chased by Darth Vader,” she warned George, “the picture doesn’t work.”
…at the Oscars in 1978, Marcia won best editing for Star Wars with Paul Hirsch and Richard Chew.
The Force is an an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together. And it’s discussed a lot! Find out how many times the Force, the source of power for Jedi and Sith, is mentioned in the Star Wars movies!
A porg posse rolled into C2E2 over the weekend. A group of cosplayers mashed together fur-covered porg heads with characters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren (that’s hardtshaped), General Hux, and Praetorian guard. It’s the first example of detailed porg costumes I’ve seen, and the first time I’ve seen porgs combined with costumes. I’m sure porgs will become more prevalent as convention season goes on.
You know what a lightsaber sounds like, right? Awhile back Ben Burtt spoke about his sound design at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts in NYC. It was amazing. The story of how he created the sound for Indiana Jones’ revolver by shooting a Winchester Rifle in a California canyon alone was worth the price of admission.
Burtt designed the sound for most of the early Lucsafilm projects: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., The Dark Crystal — he’s that guy. His use of real-world recordings, wild remixes, and inspired layering revolutionized sound design for film.
My take on Rose’s Rebel Alliance iris ring from The Last Jedi.
I felt this would scale down to a ring size much better than other iris designs. With this design I was able to make the blades much thicker and easier to handle. Assembly is still a little delicate, but the video lays out clear instructions on how to do it….
Everything is made somewhere. In this video (below) produced by Most Visual, the Stern Pinball folks talk about the making of their Star Wars pinball machine – the video includes some behind-the-scenes shots of the guts of the machine as well as the factory floor and assembly lines
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