rogue one video breakdown

By now, you’ve probably watched the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sizzle reel that premiered at Star Wars Celebration. Heck, maybe you’ve watched it twice. Three times. But did you go through it frame-by-frame and pick out every exhausting detail like an insane person? Because I did. And I did it all for you. Let’s take a look, shall we?

And please note that there are no direct spoilers here, but I ask questions and come to conclusion that could be seen as spoiler-ish. So use your best judgment here.

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rogue one behind the scenes

At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the thousands of fans who piled into Hall H for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel expected to see a new trailer for the most eagerly anticipated film of 2015. Instead, director J.J. Abrams revealed that they weren’t ready to unveil a new trailer…but they had something else. The video they played was key to energizing the narrative around The Force Awakens, a movie that was, at the time, surrounded by mixed buzz and engendering uneasy feelings amongst the most devoted fans. A look behind the scenes of the film proved to be just as powerful as a traditional preview, touching every nostalgic note while promising a move to the future.

Now, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is attempting a similar narrative at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in London. While just about everyone was expecting a new trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ new movie to arrive with the film’s panel, Lucasfilm has instead released a video that takes us behind the curtain, offering tantalizing glimpses at the film’s set and the scale of this ambitious production.

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Swiss Army Man featurette

Daniel Radcliffe has shown that he’s not afraid to get nude for the sake of art, with his performance in a stage production of Equus back in the late 2000s. However, when it comes to the big screen, he’s not one to flaunt his body around. But in Swiss Army Man, his bare ass proves to be a valuable asset (pun not intended) as the flatulence of his character’s corpse helps Paul Dano survive in the woods. And in addition to his gas serving a purpose, Daniel Radcliffe’s penis turns out to be immensely helpful as well.

A new Swiss Army Man featurette takes a look at some of the practical effects used in the indie hitting more theaters this weekend, and there’s a special focus on Radcliffe’s animatronic penis. This was actually teased in the featurette released earlier this week about the creation of the dummy body used in the movie. Find out all about the magical appendage after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Gadgets Featurette

We’re heading into the final two weeks of promotion leading up to the release of Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters. Companies like Lyft are getting in on the fun by offering a fans a chance to get a ride in the new Ecto-1 and you should keep an eye out for Twinkies with key lime slime cream inside them. And now two new videos offer a couple different glimpses at the movie.

First up, a new Ghostbusters gadgets featurette focuses on the new gadgets and technology, from the updated proton packs and ghost traps to all-new gadgets like proton grenades and a “ghost shotgun” and more. Then after you’re done checking out the gadgets, get a small taste of what it’s like to wield some of that new tech with a sneak peek at the Ghostbusters VR experience from The Void. Check out both Ghostbsuters videos after the jump. Read More »


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Swiss Army Man Featurette

The buzzed-about Sundance-selected indie Swiss Army Man got a limited release last weekend, and it will be expanding to more theaters this weekend. The film has infamously been called the “farting corpse” movie because that’s exactly what is prominently featured. Bringing even more attention to the movie is the fact that the corpse in question is played by none other than Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe. Now you get to see how his corpse stand-in was created in a new Swiss Army Man featurette that you can watch after the jump. Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road Visual Effects

In all its shiny and chrome glory, Mad Max: Fury Road continues to solidify itself not just as one of the best films of the year, but one of the best films of the decade. Unlike with most blockbusters nowadays, director George Miller knew how to use visual effects in a way that enhanced his story instead of being the thing they relied upon for spectacle.

A bunch of practical action combined with seamless photographic trickery and computer generated effects resulted in some of the most exciting filmmaking the big screen has seen lately. Now a Mad Max Fury Road visual effects breakdown shows some of the manipulation that helped bring this feature length chase to life. What’s really cool is that it shows the footage before any color correction was done to accentuate the vibrant orange and blue hues. Read More »

Finding Dory Clips

This week brings Pixar Animation’s anticipated sequel Finding Dory, the follow-up to the animation studio’s 2003 hit undersea adventure Finding Nemo. The early buzz on the film is that while it treads the same water that the first film covered, it’s still an outstanding sequel and will get the water works flowing from your eyes.

If you still need some more convincing to catch Finding Dory with your family this weekend, some new clips have just emerged online, featuring a bunch of the new aquatic characters, including Kaitlin Olsen and Ty Burrell as a couple of whales, Ed O’Neill as Hank the octopus. Read More »

Ghostbusters Character Featurettes

Hot on the heels of the new wheels shown off this morning in a featurette focused on the new Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters reboot has delivered a batch of new featurettes that introduce each of the characters played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Along with new details provided by the talking head interviews with each actress, as well as director Paul Feig, we get a bunch of new footage that gives us first looks at characters played by Charles Dance, Ed Begley Jr., and Chris Gethard.

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Ghostbusters Featurette

It’s Ghostbusters Day! Today marks exactly 32 years since the original Ghostbusters hit theaters in 1984. In addition to the theatrical screenings happening around the country tonight, a new featurette from the reboot has just arrived, giving us a much closer look at the update Ecto-1, which is now a hearse instead of an old ambulance.

There aren’t any big revelations about the car, but we do get to see a little more details of the signature vehicle from the movie as well as some footage of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones driving around in it. However, what you’ll really want to pay attention to are the snippets of the new Ghostbusters theme by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot towards the end.

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Whether or not you like the design of the most recent big screen iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you can’t deny that the visual effects and motion capture technology used to bring them to life is extremely impressive. If you’re curious as to how a movie like this is shot when the four main characters are created entire with visual effects and motion capture performances, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 featurette reveals how it was done. Read More »