Saturday, February 18, 2017

Behind the Visual Effects of The Battle of Scarif

ILM has released another new but too short look at how they did some of the visual effects for climatic Battle of Scarif in Rogue One. Thanks once again to Feris O. for the link.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Behind the VFX of Star Wars Rogue One Planets

ILM have released the below video that gives a little bit of a look at how the visual effects for the planets of Jedha and Scarif were created in Rogue One. Hopefully this will be the first of several from the Oscar nominated film for Best Visual Effects Oscar. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Star Wars: Red Cup Begins Production

A tweet from Director Chris Miller that says "Han First Shot" along with this picture (left) reveals that the young Han Solo movie has begun principle photography. The first take includes the movie "title" as Star Wars: Red Cup, a pun reference to the Solo cups. The official title probably will not be revealed until next year. The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald GloveR (Lando Calrissian), Woody Harrelson (Han's mentor), and Emilia Clarke (probably Han's nemesis/love interest). The movie is being directed by The Lego Movie team of Chris Miller and Phil Lord for release on May 25th 2018 but I would not be surprised if its bumped to Christmas considering how successful that window has been for Disney these last two years.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Harrelson Playing EU Character in Han Solo Movie?

In a video interview with Variety, Woody Harrelson seemed to confirm the role he is playing in the young Han Solo movie. When directly asked if he would be playing Garris Shrike, the actor answered with a simple "yes". The character was first created for the Expanded Universe (EU) back in 1997 in a series of books about the life of Han Solo. The EU was once canonical collection of books, video games, comic book stories about the larger Star Wars universe before Disney made the decision that is was no longer part of canon and no one is allowed to create new stories for this "Legends" take of Star Wars out of fear of confusing new Star Wars fans.

However, the EU is chock full of already vetted intellectual property so it makes sense to mine it for characters that they can introduce (while throwing the occasional bone to EU fans) as new all over again. In that alternate take, Shrike was the man that raised, abused, and trained Han Solo to become the smuggler we all know and love. In the movie we know he is Solo's mentor but to early to say if that extends to father figure. If you are interested in the characters full back story, head over to Wookieepedia. To help with the time line notes, remember that BYY means "Before the Battle of Yavin" as depicted in Star Wars: A New Hope. The destruction of the first Death Star acts as a marker of Year 0 on the Star Wars time line. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Star Wars 8 Gets Official Title - The Last Jedi

The official title of the next Star Wars film in the saga has been revealed. Episode VIII will be called "Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Here is the poster that accompanied the announcement. I assume the title refers to Luke Skywalker since the Star Wars universe changed almost not one iota in the 30 years that passed and what Force users were born seemed to have been killed by Kylo Ren. However, if the series follows the example of the previous film, I would not be surprised if Luke doesn't survive it. Since Rey's learning curve and knowledge base is super-human, her ending the 8th film as the last remaining Jedi would not surprise me in the least.