BB-8 Car Charger

An incredible amount of work and thought are put into each creature in the Star Wars galaxy. But what about the lovable droids who stand alongside the human heroes of the franchise? That includes BB-8, who was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Poe Dameron’s best friend and, once he’s found by Rey, the impetus for the plot of Episode 7.

But it turns out that adorable galaxy-saving droid that everyone affectionately calls BB-8 could have had a totally different name.

Read More »

Yoda in The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is filled with surprises and one of them is the appearance of a character few of us expected to show up in this particular Skywalker saga episode. While talking with writer/director Rian Johnson, I learned the story behind this special moment.

Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

Read More »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Canto Bight aliens

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has double the practical effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, but Star Wars creature designer Neal Scanlan reveals that there has never been a Star Wars movie with more practically created effects. While speaking with Scanlan, I learned more about how the Last Jedi practical creatures, droids, and visual effects came into being.

Read More »

porgs

When you get the oppurtunity to sit down and talk with Star Wars creature designer Neal Scanlan, you’re obligated to spend the majority of the interview talking about possibly the most important artistic creation from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Of course, I’m talking about the Porgs.

In our conversation, I learned how the porgs came into being, how many were created for the film, how they are related to the Caretakers on Ach-to, and most importantly, whether or not Porgs fly. Here is everything you wanted to know about the Porgs, revealed by Neal Scanlan.

Note: this review was conducted before I had seen the film and there are no spoilers.

Read More »

The Last Jedi creatures

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is getting closer and closer, kids. And with it comes a whole new bestiary of alien creatures for fans to obsess over. First and foremost: PORGS! The adorable bird-like creatures that shriek their heads off have already become iconic and the dang movie isn’t even out yet. In a new interview, Star Wars creature effects creator Neal Scanlan reveals some The Last Jedi creature details, including new info on porgs.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Rogue One Creature Featurette

We are ten days away from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters and it already feels like the marketing for this film is reaching a fever pitch. Disney has released another featurette, this one focusing on the aliens and creatures featured in the first Star Wars anthology film. While the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was so laser-focused on convincing fans that this was a return to practical effects, locations, and creatures, we haven’t seen much of this angle for Rogue One. But this new featurette takes us into the Rogue One creature shop to take a look at the artistry behind the aliens and creatures in this film. Hit the jump to watch it now.

Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens Kanjiklub

The now-Oscar-nominated VFX team of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is making the press rounds, and they’ve got a lot of interesting details to share. After the jump:

  • A fan reimagines The Force Awakens as a high school saga.
  • Does the Force Awakens score hint at Rey’s parentage?
  • The Force Awakens crosses $1 billion at the international box office.
  • Was Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?
  • Confirmed: BB-8 was giving Finn a thumbs-up, not flipping him off.
  • Meet Cailey Fleming, who played young Rey in The Force Awakens.
  • Here’s how the Star Wars crew brought BB-8 to life.
  • More Easter eggs have been revealed by the VFX team.
  • Get a detailed description of a deleted scene featuring Maz Kanata.
  • Flip through hi-res stills of Unkar Plutt, Admiral Ackbar, and more.

Read More »

star wars obi wan

Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, you source of news for everything Star Wars. Except for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That thing has its own column. In today’s edition:

  • Star Wars: Episode 8 may see a production delay to accommodate some rewrites.
  • Rian Johnson speaks very highly of VFX wizard Chris Corbould.
  • Episode 8 has one very strange fake production title.
  • Donnie Yen opens up (but just a little) about his character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • More rumors about Darth Vader’s return in Rogue One emerge.
  • Creature designer Neal Scanlan talks about his complex work on Rogue One.
  • The return of Obi-Wan Kenobi… in Mavel’s Star Wars comics.
  • The greatest lightsaber replica you will ever see.
  • One badass AT-AT poster.
  • And more!

Read More »

neal Scanlan creature shop Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is filled with practical effects, costumed creatures and puppets. Some of the practical effects are so good that you probably believe they were created inside the computer. After the jump, you can read an excerpt from my conversation with Neal Scanlan — creature & droid effects creative supervisor, creature shop concept designer, creature shop head — and SFX supervisor Chris Corbould. (The full interview will be posted in February). In the excerpt, Scanlan and Corbould reveal some of the invisible practical effects of The Force Awakens and more.

Read More »

9781419717802.IN08

How did Star Wars: the Force Awakens evolve during the development process? What were some of the early ideas they were playing with that didn’t end up in the final film? The new book The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives us a peek inside the development of Episode 7, from the earliest concepts to post production.

Did you know that Starkiller Base was originally called The Doom Star? That Poe Dameron’s character began as a Jedi or Bounty Hunter? Or how about that they toyed with the idea that Anakin Skywalker would appear in the film as a Force Ghost? Learn about how The Force Awakens changed from the earliest story ideas to the movie you’ve now experienced.

Read More »