Summer 78 short film

Summer ’78 is a short film that played at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2015. The filmmaker says the short film is “about the power of imagination.” At its core, the Summer 78 short film is about a young boy growing up in the late 1970s, playing with his favorite Star Wars toys, creating short 8mm movies with elaborate recreations in his backyard. Hit the jump to watch the Summer 78 short film now.

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Han Solo In Carbonite Pop-Tarts

It has been a long time since that last Star Wars Bits, but Force Friday week has resulted in a lot of front page stand alone Star Wars stories that I’m not sure that you mind. Here is what you can find in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • JJ Abrams talks about subduing his inner fanboy to make Force Awakens.
  • How John Boyega first met JJ Abrams.
  • New Star Wars: The Force Awakens character promo posters revealed in the Topps’ Star Wars Card Trader app.
  • A preview of Star Wars: Shattered Empire, the comic book series which will fill the gap between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars Rebels director Dave Filoni discusses season two.
  • A new Star Wars Rebels season 2 clip.
  • How the BB-8 Sphero robotic toy was created.
  • The real Damerons go to Force Friday.
  • Puppies Test The New Star Wars BB-8 Droid Toy
  • Why Force Friday Was A Disaster For Many Star Wars Fans
  • 80% Off Select Star Wars trade paperbacks and graphic novels this weekend.
  • The header image: why aren’t the Han Solo In Carbonite Pop-Tarts a real thing?

All this and more, after the jump to hyperspace.

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JJ Abrams and BB-8 on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ever since BB-8 was revealed in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, the world has been obsessed with the newest droid in the galaxy. How was BB-8 created? What was the story behind his creation and development? Hit the jump to find out what we learned from a recent longform article about Lucasfilm. For instance, did you know that JJ Abrams was still unsure a practical BB-8 would work right up until a week before filming began?

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Drew Struzan Force Awakens

Legendary poster artist Drew Struzan has been involved with the Star Wars movies since the beginning of the saga. We included some of Struzan’s Star Wars one-sheets in our post about his exclusive D23 Expo 2015 poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we’ve even done a breakdown over-analyzing the components and composition of the new one-sheet.

Now Struzan has done an interview about his latest poster, and explained how it came about while praising Force Awakens saying “it is far and away probably going to be THE BEST Star Wars you’ve ever seen.” Read more Drew Struzan Force Awakens opinions, after the jump.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits we will take a look at:

  • A sneak preview of the possible opening crawl for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • JJ Abrams remembers the first time he saw Star Wars.
  • Disneyland is casting for performers for Star Wars Launch Bay opening in October or November 2015
  • New Star Wars credit cards that will give cardholders exclusive access to Star Wars meet-and-greets in Disney theme parks.
  • See two new Star Wars comic book variant covers.
  • Japan All Nippon Airways reveals a new plane which will be themed like BB-8 from The Force Awakens.
  • The Star Wars: Uprising mobile game will have promotions at PAX Prime.
  • Set photos from Star Wars: Rogue One at Cardington, which could be another recreation of an Original Trilogy location.
  • Disney Interactive’s announcements from D23 Expo, including Force Awakens Disney Infinity figures and a look at the Battle of Jakku DLC level in Star Wars Battlefront which serves as a Force Awakens prequel.
  • Another possible Star Wars Land location for the Disneyland version.
  • And the header image is one of the illustrations created by Isaiah Stephens for Zimbio featuring Disney princesses and Star Wars mixed together

All that and more in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to get to it.

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Cloud City in Force Awakens

At D23 Expo 2015 over the weekend, JJ Abrams and his cast dropped an exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster created by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan. In the insane atmosphere of the convention, we really didn’t have time to take it all in. So now that the Disney fan convention is over, I wanted to point out some things I noticed about the poster. There isn’t any mind-blowing observations, only speculative questions. Hit the jump to take a closer look at the Drew Struzan Force Awakens poster and see what we can find.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens mural

There was a ton of Star Wars news coming out of D23 Expo 2015, and if you missed any of that from the Star Wars Anthology films getting new branding, to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster by artist Drew Struzen, to the first photo and cast from Star Wars: Rogue One, to the director of Star Wars Episode 9, to Star Wars Lands announced for Disney theme parks, head over to our D23 2015 news roundup. But there is a lot of Star Wars tidbits we missed over the last few days, so lets dive in. Here is what to expect in today’s Star Wars Bits:

  • Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor Who, has been cast in a Star Wars project, but which one?
  • George Lucas blames a Walt Disney creation for Jar Jar Binks.
  • According to JJ Abrams, who is the Ralph McQuarrie of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • Which monumental Star Wars set has been recreated for Star Wars: Rogue One? (actually, not much of a spoiler)
  • Ralph McQuarrie‘s Influence on Star Wars Land 
  • Why Star Wars: Battlefront won’t have a single player campaign mode.
  • Is Drew Struzan‘s Force Awakens D23 Expo poster the film’s official poster? Will there be another?

All that and more in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump now.

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The Force Awakens at D23

What happened when Harrison Ford injured himself on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Find out why director JJ Abrams says that broken leg was in some weird way the “greatest gift to the movie”.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: jj abrams visual style
This morning I came across a well-edited video essay titled Star Wars – The Force of Abrams by Dan Fox (aka Hello Film Guy). The video is essentially an examination of filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ visual storytelling skills, theorizing how his methods might affect Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How will the JJ Abrams visual style affect the next installment of the Star Wars series? Find out after the jump.

Note: The video essay focuses only on visual style and doesn’t delve into the reoccurring plot devices or story beats of Abrams work. So you can feel free to watch this if you’re trying to avoid spoilers or speculation about the plot of The Force Awakens. That said, the video does use clips from the two released trailers.

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