Not long after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we rounded up some of the easter eggs and secret cameos that can be seen and heard in the movie. And now that the movie has been out for over a month, some more tidbits from behind the scenes are surfacing. This time we’ve got a rundown of the voices of the various Stormtroopers, scavengers on Jakku, aliens in Maz Kanata’s castle and more. And this includes learning which Stormtroopers were voiced by filmmaker Kevin Smith and Radiohead’s Nigel Goodrich. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
One of the unfortunate realities of the digital age is that most “How’d they do that?” moments in films have a single, routine answer: computers. Computer generated effects are amazing and the people who craft them are supremely talented artists who deserve your applause and affection, but let’s be honest…green screens aren’t as inherently romantic as matte paintings and movie fans are all romantics at heart.
That’s why film fandom has been so enraptured with the visual effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which blends practical, on-set wizardry with plenty of CGI. And as a new featurette reminds us, there are infinite possibilities in the digital realm. This video, which focuses on the Maz Kanata visual effects, goes a long way to injecting the appropriate amount of wonder into the modern VFX process.
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The Force has Awakened, and we won’t find out what happens for another 600 or so days. But another Star Wars movie will be out later this year: Star Wars: Rogue One (or is it Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?) will hit theaters in December 2016, and we’re excited (Peter, Angie, Jacob, Jack and Ethan all listed the film in their most anticipated films of the year). But what do we know about Rogue One? I have compiled everything we know, have seen, and/or have heard rumored, and more, after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Has your wallet been looking kind of thin lately? Checking account balance a bit low? Credit card bills surprisingly high? Well, we don’t know your life, so we won’t presume to tell you exactly what your problem is. But it could have something to do with the fact that the average movie ticket price in the U.S. hit another all-time high in the final quarter of 2015. And while Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the only reason for that increase, it’s a pretty big part of it. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are movies that make a ton money and there are movies that make a ton of money and tap into culture in a pretty significant way. Since you can look out over the internet landscape and see countless pieces of fan art, Twitter parodies, and complex fan theories related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s obvious that J.J. Abrams’ film falls into the latter category.
And while you can kill The Force Awakens with a thousand nitpicks, even the biggest detractors tend to have nice things to say about the new characters, who struck an instant chord with audiences. It’s because we like (or at least like watching) Kylo Ren that last week’s SNL sketch, which found guest host Adam Driver revisiting the villainous character on a faux episode of Undercover Boss, worked so well. Now, outtakes from the sketch have arrived, along with fan-made T-shirts and action figures commemorating “Matt the Radar Technician.” Yep, here’s another corner of Star Wars fandom in which you can luxuriate.
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Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Now that Star Wars: Episode 8 has been delayed seven months, we can even more time luxuriating in some precious The Force Awakens Bits! In today’s edition:
- ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett talks about creating Supreme Leader Snoke.
- A very impressive, Struzan-inspired Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.
- A Rey theory that requires a tinfoil hat.
- The origin of Max von Sydow‘s Lor San Tekka.
- Someone built a real Starkiller Base. Kind of.
- The next chapter in the “Where’s Rey?” saga.
- Screenwriter Michael Arndt describes the creation of Finn.
- And more!
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Even though there was a lot of buzz and excitement about the fact that director J.J. Abrams and the crew behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens were doing a lot of practical effects for the movie, there is still quite an impressive amount of CGI used in the movie. There’s been a pirated VFX reel making the rounds online, but you can get a good look at the breakdown of some sequences from the movie along with a lot of insight from some of the crew. Read More »
Disney has still not shown us what Star Wars Land will look like, aside from a few pieces of concept art released at D23 Expo 2015 (some of which were pieces of concept art from The Force Awakens). We’ve previously learned that the 14-acre Star Wars Land would be built in the top left corner of the park, taking over land previously occupied by backstage areas, Big Thunder Ranch as well as some of Rivers of America. We’ve even seen beautiful official concept art of what the Rivers of America will look like after the construction is completed. But now we finally get a look at the layout of Star Wars Land. Hit the jump to see an early unofficial Star Wars Land map.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
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.
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