Love Carmichael Star Wars The Force Awakens

This latest Star Wars Bits might be the most jam-packed yet. Below, read about the following:

  • Kylo Ren may be on all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy packaging and those toys might be out September 4.
  • Read about 13 brand new Star Wars Lego sets including some from The Force Awakens.
  • Fanboys director Kyle Newman will present an original Star Wars live read at Star Wars Celebration.
  • Buy cute Force Awakens inspired art prints of Finn, Rey and Poe.
  • Drew Struzan is once again rumored to be working on the Force Awakens poster.
  • Watch a five minute video about the locations of Return of the Jedi.
  • What did Oscar Isaac‘s latest costar Jessica Chastain think of The Force Awakens trailer?
  • Check out two collections coming soon of Star Wars comics published by Dark Horse.
  • ComiXology just added a ton of Star Wars content.
  • Rumor has it Marvel’s Star Wars #1 will have no less than 100 variant covers.
  • Wired figured out how fast Rey’s speeder goes in The Force Awakens.
  • BB-8 has more than meets the eye, according to rumored concept art.

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Return of the Jedi star wars Matte Painting

With the invention of computers, it’s almost comical to think about filmmakers using paintings to fill in the backgrounds of their movies. These days, you slap a green screen in back of the action and fill it in digitally. But for the majority of the history of filmmaking, that obviously wasn’t the practice. Massive matte paintings were originally used and as special effects and refined miniature techniques started to become more prevalent, smaller paintings could be made with live action inserted into them using multiple exposures.

Some of your favorite movies of all time used this tactic. In a video recently unearthed from 1985, you can watch the practice used to create films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Read More »

Slave Leia video

One of the most obvious moments you’ve reached adulthood is when you start talking about kids. Whether someone has kids, they’re thinking about kids, or whatever else, that’s the moment. The thought opens up a huge pandora’s box of other issues too, least important of which is how do you show your kids the Star Wars Saga. The order in which you choose to show you kids the Star Wars movies is a debate regularly had amongst film fans but we always forget one thing. We never consider how the kids feel. It’s just a foregone conclusion that they’re going to like them.

A new video has surface that’s proof positive they do like them, but maybe have a few questions. One father recorded the conversation he had with his five-year-old daughter about Princess Leia’s Slave outfit in Return of the Jedi and the results are priceless, especially when animated. Check out the father daughter Slave Leia video below. Read More »

Eric Tan Star Wars Trilogy

These three Star Wars posters are so beautiful, we figured they needed to be featured twice.

Eric Tan is one of our favorite artists here at /Film but, unlike others, he doesn’t release a lot of prints. That’s because his day job is a designer at Disney. That’s cool on its own, but in the past few years, it means he gets to play in the coolest sandbox of all: Star Wars. Over the past few months, Disney has been sporadically releasing Tan’s posters for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and this week, he revealed Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Unfortunately, Disney chose to only release these Eric Tan Star Wars posters framed and that makes them quite expensive. But you should check them out below and read more about the beautiful posters. Read More »

Matt Ferguson Star Wars trilogy prints

Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is doing a timed release for Matt Ferguson’s Star Wars “Trilogy” prints series, which means you have a chance to buy them and they won’t sell out in minutes. More details on the Matt Ferguson Star Wars print series and a close-up of each of these prints, after the jump.
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The Making of Return of the Jedi

Anticipating, debating and dissecting Star Wars movies is nothing new. Thirty year ago, with the final Star Wars film Return of the Jedi just hitting theaters, film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert defended the latest Star Wars film on ABC’s Nightlne with Ted Koppel. Their opposition was critic John Simon, who wrote for National Review and New York Magazine. Simon hated The Empire Strikes Back and Jedi while Siskel and Ebert loved them. At one point, Simon condemns the films for being Disney like and Siskel and Ebert praise that statement. We know what happened some years later.

The discussion then segues into a debate about highbrow film versus movies as pure entertainment. It’s a fantastic look back in time and proof that, three decades later, these issues will never be settled. Especially in the case of Star Wars. Read More »

The Making of Return of the Jedi

Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted snippets of new footage from the production of Return of the Jedi. Which is odd considering the film turned 30 years old this year.

In 1983, Lucasfilm was promoting a new edit system called EditDroid, which would have used laserdiscs as the storage media in an early digital editing system. To show off the process to the industry, Lucasfilm put 30 minutes of raw footage of one scene from Return of the Jedi on laserdiscs that could be used during demos at a convention in Las Vegas. That was the first and only time this footage was shown publicly.

The disc then resurfaced, was sold on eBay for almost $700, and after a few snippets appeared online (showing some funny outtakes, and even revealing alternate lines) the entire 30-minute video has now been uploaded to YouTube for the world to enjoy. Check it out below. Read More »

Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi

Besides Thursday’s really big Star Wars Episode VII news, there are some very interesting bits on that film, the casting call, J.J. Abrams and even a change to the original trilogy in today’s Star Wars Bits. Read about the following after the jump:

  • J.J. Abrams discusses fan reactions on the Internet.
  • Saoirse Ronan confirms she didn’t get the role in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A single line, omitted from Return of the Jedi, changes the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Producer Gary Kurtz and Darth Vader actor David Prowse discuss the Episode VII open casting call.
  • One of the original Jabba The Hutt puppeteers is now a librarian.
  • Watch Adam Savage build Han Solo’s blaster.

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