Here’s a sneak peek of the Exhibitors heading to Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
Stay tuned for a full list coming soon.
Here’s a sneak peek of the Exhibitors heading to Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
Stay tuned for a full list coming soon.
Sideshow and Iron Studios are proud to present the Darth Vader Legacy Replica. This limited edition statue is crafted from polystone and is based on original movie references from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Approximately 20 inches tall, the Darth Vader Statue is hand-painted and features additional arms and a LED lighted lightsaber for multiple display options. There are also light-up features in the base, belt, and chest (which shows the exact sequence of lights that appear in the film, based on the original prop).
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When Lucasfilm’s first film under Disney, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in development, “Practical Effects!” became a practical rallying cry for the movie. Director J.J. Abrams preached it like a religion, entire effects reals showing real people in rubber (well, much more advanced than rubber, but still) costumes, crazy prosthetics, and crazier pupets were shown off. At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, they even rolled the adorable new droid BB-8 out onto the stage in a glorious “look ma, no hands!” moment.
That continued on, though without quite so much touting, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where VFX Supervisor John Knoll also played the role of story developer and executive producer, putting him even more closely into each step of the effects process. An ILM veteran, he knew the benefits of CGI, but also knows how when it’s married to in-camera work it all comes together that much better.
“In terms of physical effects versus visual effects, I’m not proprietary about any of that stuff,” Knoll told Comicbook.com in an interview,” we just want to do the smar thing for the show [industry term for any one project]. If there’s a good way of doing something physically, we should do that. I had a great relationship with Neil Ellis on the show, I thought we worked really well together to try and figure out the right ways to do things that got us the optimal results.”
Indeed, Ellis told Comicbook.com that from the very beginning of development on Rogue One, Knoll “gave me free reign, and just said to put as much in front of the camera as [I] can. ‘Don’t worry about smoke, we’ll deal with that,'” was one of Knoll’s few notes early to Ellis, “which is great, because a lot of the time you do these projects and they don’t want any smoke, they want it as clean as possible and then they cut out their layers later on and the way that Gareth shoots as well, you know. We just wanted to get as much in camera as we could, and John would sort it out later in his scene.”
The way director Gareth Edwards shoots is extremely hands-on. Animator Hal Hickel describes his technique as “this very visceral, almost documentary style of shooting where he does a lot of handheld cameras.” When Hickel and his team observed that, they knew that if he couldn’t do that same thing, “go into the scene and find angles that feel good to him” in the space battle scenes, they would feel disjointed compared to the rest of the film.
So the team at ILM did what anyone in that situation would do, and invented an entirely new way of shooting a digital sequence. They built a studio where a virtual environment could be projected all around, on teh floor and walls and ceiling. Then they shaped a basic animation, “these story beats, independent of camera,” and gave Gareth a handheld tablet camera that let him literally move through space and find the angles he wanted the TIE fighters and X-wings to be soaring through the air at.
“I didn’t want the style of the movie to suddenly switch every time we went from live-action to some kind of virtual world,” Hickel said to Comicbook.com. “The animation group would create a beat, sort of a chunk of the battle, a moment, and animate it kind of in the round, without respective camera angles,” and Gareth took over from there.
Now, the magic makers at ILM are working on Star Wars: Episode VIII, then they’ll go right into Han Solo and into Episode IX after that; all while other members of the team will work on other films, as the company, while known for its Star Wars work, does effects for all sorts of films across the industry. They’ll take some of what they learned from Rogue One into the next project – and probably invent something else brand new along the way.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.
THE HEAD WRITER OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 DISCUSSES WHY THE MOS EISLEY CANTINA SEQUENCE, FILLED WITH WEIRDOS AND STRANGE ALIENS, IS A CINEMATIC GEM.
In My Favorite Scene, StarWars.com invites special guest writers to discuss which one scene or moment in the saga most resonates with them.
On The Flop House, podcast I’ve been known to refer to Star Wars as a movie about an old man and a young man who go to a bar. Maybe that’s because for me the heart of the film is in that magical minute and a half from when the triangle-headed alien pops up from the bottom of the screen to when Momaw Nadon butts in looking like a big wooden flatworm who just got terrible news. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thrilled at the TIE fighter battles, been chilled by Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin, and swooned over Leia and Han’s banter. But as far as I’m concerned, if a stranger stops me on the street and yells “Star Wars!” in my face, the first place my mind takes me is the Mos Eisley cantina.
Why is my favorite scene in the film, nay the entire seven (or eight, counting Rogue One) movie series, a short little snippet of random creature effects that barely features our main characters and does little to advance the plot? Well, first of all, I could easily watch three straight hours of random aliens popping into frame, kicking back, and having drinks. But in a more respectable sense, Star Wars is about surprising us with things we’ve never seen before, and no scene is more packed with surprises than our first sight of the cantina.
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The Star Wars Classic coin collection from New Zealand Mint now features six classic characters (with more to follow) but, due to high demand for some of the most beloved character coins, there is now very little stock and no more available.
Each coin has a restriction in the number that can be produced worldwide, called ‘Mintage’. These coins are therefore all limited editions, as legally no more of the same coin can be produced once the mintage number has been met.
LOW STOCK COINS:
Darth Vader 1kg Silver Coin
Han Solo 1oz Gold Coin
Yoda 1oz Silver Coin
Yoda 1oz Gold Coin
Yoda ¼oz Gold Coin
R2-D2 1oz Gold Coin
For some of these coins only a handful remains, so don’t miss out on your last chance to own your favourite Star Wars coin from New Zealand Mint – BUY NOW!
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Star Wars Celebration Art Show Talent Selected!
For this year’s Star Wars Celebration, which comes to the Orange County Convention Center on April 13-16, more talented Star Wars artists than ever before were considered for inclusion in the Celebration Art Show, one of the event’s most popular features. To qualify, artists must have previously created Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm or for a Lucasfilm licensee. Though each was well-established and highly-regarded in the Star Wars community, a select number had to be chosen to keep the Art Show at Celebration a reasonable size.
To answer the challenge of selecting a limited number of artists from such a large, capable field, Lucasfilm’s Celebration team brought together an A-list of Lucasfilm talent, including experts in Star Wars characters and continuity, to do the judging. While the competition was fierce, a final set of artists were selected to participate in the 2017 Celebration Art Show – a big congratulations to the following artists!!
Via Our friends at Jedinews.co.uk:
Drowning in Moonlight is a memorial benefit in honor of Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) and in the service of The Midnight Mission (www.midnightmission.org) – a cause that was close to Ms. Fisher’s heart. The gala will be held in concert with Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
Drowning in Moonlight will be a “Dress-up or Dress Up” gala: Black tie optional, cosplay encouraged.
Planned features of the gala include:
-Music and dancing
-A guestbook for fans to express their condolences which will be forwarded to Carrie’s family after the gala
-Event-specific merchandise (patches, stadium cups, etc.) available for purchase with proceeds benefitting our charity
-Souvenir photos on an event-exclusive backdrop
-A Carrie-themed drink menu including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic offerings
-A silent auction featuring nerdy and literary goodies from Star Wars and beyond
-Access to the venue’s food and beverage vendors
The Marquee event of the night will be a live-on-stage, multi-network, unified podcast in Carrie’s honor. Podcasters from all of the networks involved will be invited onto the stage to take part in this unprecedented collaborative recording party. The production, which will feature voices from around the Star Wars podcasting pantheon, will include questions from the audience and likely some measure of hijinks.
The event is being coordinated by the team from Tosche Station (www.tosche-station.net) and the Star Wars Podcast Alliance (www.starwarspodcastalliance.com) with support from an ever-growing list of prominent Celebration personalities, sponsors, and fan sites including Full of Sith, Jedi News, Star Wars Report, and more.
Drowning in Moonlight aims to celebrate Carrie in a way that honors her memory, does good in her name, and pays homage to her unrivaled sass. For any questions about the event, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! Star Wars ARTFX+ Statues bring you all of the quality and detailing that you expect from an ARTFX release in a great smaller scale perfect for collecting! This fun army builder pack brings you characters from Rogue One, first of the Star Wars standalone “story” films. While the movie introduced several new Imperial troop designs used before the events of A New Hope, the most sinister and distinctive comes to you now in a pair with the Death Trooper two pack!
Elite soldiers in the Galactic Empire, the Death Troopers wear a unique and singularly menacing version of the classic Stormtrooper armor with several important differences. In addition to added equipment and ammo the helmet features an elongated faceplate, but of course the most obvious change is instead of the bright white of the standard armor it has a diabolical jet black finish! Serving the Emperor’s Military Intelligence, Death Troopers were tasked with rooting out Rebels and a contingent answered to Director Orson Krennic around the time of the theft of the Death Star plans. The ARTFX+ Death Troopers are highly detailed both in sculpt and paint, with glossy black finishes on their intricate armor. They can even be displayed in different poses (standing, kneeling, aiming weapons, etc.) thanks to a plethora of included interchangeable parts!
ARTFX+ Statues are fun-to-assemble pre-painted snap-fit kits that can be put together easily in seconds without glue or modeling skill. The Death Troopers in this 2-pack stand just over 7 ½ inches tall (1/10thscale) when posed fully erect, and magnets in their feet provide perfect stability on the included metal display bases. Crush any Rebels that might be lurking in your home with this great Imperial army building set!
Product Number: KOT11653
Shipping Weight: 2.45 pounds
Estimated to Arrive
Our Price: $109.99
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