Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Harrison Ford says watching the Han Solo movie will be weird.
  • Will the Han Solo movie feature a certain prequel character?
  • Could Jar Jar Binks show up in Star Wars Battlefront II?
  • Why did Kylo Ren fall to the dark side?
  • John Boyega practically confirms a few cameos.
  • Gold Leader drops an f-bomb.
  • And more!

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Star Wars Celebration 2017

In this Celebration-centric edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • An official video recapping the best moments of Celebration 2017.
  • Hayden Christensen’s true feelings about sand.
  • An announcement about the return of the Vintage Collection of toys.
  • Darth Vader nearly had his own spa on Mustafar in Rogue One.
  • And more!

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Rogue One - Life-Size K-2SO Puppet

There are plenty of dedicated Star Wars fans out there who pour money into creating intricate, detailed costumes that allow them to dress up as their favorite characters. There are even more technically skilled fans who have been able to build working versions of droids like R2-D2. But how does a fan build a droid like K-2SO?

The reprogrammed Imperial droid from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t the kind of droid brought to life by a man in a suit like C-3PO, and it’s not the kind of droid that can easily be built so that it can be operated from inside or with remote control lie R2-D2. But one fan didn’t want to give up on his dream of creating a build of K-2SO to show off at conventions, so he embarked on creating a life-size K-2SO puppet, and even though it’s not quite finished, it’s still impressive as hell. Read More »

Rogue One score homages

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a grand experiment for Disney and Lucasfilm. The movie was meant to be a standalone adventure that has ties to the main Star Wars narrative without being part of the Skywalker saga. That’s why it has plenty in common aesthetically, as far as the production design and art direction is concerned, but still feels different from the rest of the Star Wars movies.

One of the ways Rogue One stands on its own is with the score composed by Michael Giacchino. He doesn’t use the main Star Wars theme prominently, mostly because the movie doesn’t have the traditional opening title and crawl. He also doesn’t go out of his way to frequently use the recognizable themes that John Williams composed for the original trilogy, which Rogue One most closely emulates. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t subtly use pieces of John Williams’ classc score when the story called for it.

A video essay explains the various Rogue One score homages below. Read More »

Rogue One Ending Recreated

The third act of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was one of the most thrilling endings to any Star Wars movie ever. From the space battle above Scarif to the ground battle around the Imperial base on the tropical surface, it was a thoroughly exciting conclusion. But easily the best part came when the plans to the Death Star were finally downloaded by the Rebel Alliance and quickly passed along though Rebel troopers as Darth Vader was in close pursuit.

At Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, some Star Wars fans got together to recreate that spectacular ending in the Orange Country Convention center, complete with Darth Vader on their trail as they pass the Death Star plans through the convention hall. Watch the Rogue One ending recreated after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One Honest Trailer

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit Blu-ray and DVD last week, but for some reason, but the folks Honest Trailers must have wanted to give fans time to rewatch the first standalone Star Wars adventure before lampooning it for them.

The Rogue One Honest Trailer takes some jabs that you’d expect, like calling in the most expensive fan film ever made and a big budget fix for a decades old plot hole. Thankfully, it also makes sure to take shots at every single member of the ensemble cast of Rebels that it’s best to not get attached to for obvious reasons.

Watch the Rogue One Honest Trailer below. Read More »

Star Wars Original Cuts

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Good Morning America teases some kind of major Star Wars announcement.
  • Some possible insight about future Star Wars movies coming in the years ahead.
  • Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher named Disney Legends.
  • Star Wars: Episode 9 inches forward, possibly to a summer start date.
  • Two new videos show off Rogue One Easter eggs and Gareth Edwards shares more on-set stories.
  • Bad Lip Reading finally gets around to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • And more!

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Rogue One Virtual Sets

Everyone knows that visual effects are required in order to bring a movie like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to life. They may be more advanced than when George Lucas first took us to a galaxy far, far away, but we wouldn’t have the worlds, spaceships and creatures necessary to bring Star Wars to life without the magic of visual effects.

In the case of Rogue One, there are plenty of sequences that are composed entirely of visual effects, whether they’re space battles or environments that are composed entirely of digital pieces. However, there are some sequences where you might not have realized that a partial virtual set was employed. Instead of throwing actors into a room that is entirely green/blue screen, the crew built proxy sets where the nitty-gritty details would be added in post-production by Industrial Light and Magic. They’re details that you never would have thought were visual effects.
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Rogue One

This week brought Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to Blu-ray and DVD, allowing fans to bring home the first Star Wars spin-off home to watch over and over again with the added bonus of finally being able to watch Star Wars: A new Hope right after.

Besides that, you’re likely going to be rewatching all of the scenes with K-2SO on repeat, since he stole so many scenes from his human counterparts. That’s thanks to actor Alan Tudyk (A Knight’s Tale, Wreck-It Ralph, Firefly), who not only provided the voice of the reprogrammed Imperial droid, but also did the motion capture performance on set with the rest of the actors.

We had a chance to sit down with Alan Tudyk along with Industrial Light and Magic animation supervisor Hal Hickel to talk about how they brought K-2SO to life, from his inception, to finding his voice, to figuring out his movement and more. We ran part of this interview regarding the original journey K-2SO had in earlier drafts of Rogue One, but this is the full Alan Tudyk interview with insight from Hal Hickel along with it. Read More »

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Rogue One

Industrial Light and Magic is at the top of their game when it comes to technology and advancements in visual effects. The work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story done by John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould was even nominated for an Academy Award this year, though sadly they didn’t walk away with the trophy. Now we’d like to offer a sneak peek at some of the tools they use to bring Star Wars to life.

A couple weeks ago, /Film visited Industrial Light and Magic as part of a press event for the home video release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (available on Blu-ray and DVD today). While there, we were given a demonstration of how ILM used their state of the art technology to give director Gareth Edwards the freedom he needed to shoot complicated visual effects sequences in such a way that he was able to create a shot one day and see it fully rendered in the first teaser trailer for Rogue One just five or six days later. Read More »