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Artist Carlos Pardo spent two years of his life designing an incredibly detailed and awesome blueprint poster of the second Death Star from Return of the Jedi (keep in mind, it’s a blue print of the complete Death Star, so that’s why it doesn’t look how it does in the movie, since it was under construction at the time). There’s a Kickstarter campaign going (already over its goal) that will allow you to get a copy, so if you want one, head over there. [io9]

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Check out some cool Day of the Dead inspired Star Wars artwork just in time for Halloween. You can see several more pieces in this style over at Fandango.

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A lot has changed in visual effects since lightsabers were first brought to the big screen in 1977. Not only do they look better because of improved post-production technology, but the props used as reference while shooting on set have changed the way the elegant weapon was used during production. MakingStarWars.net has learned that custom Force FX lightsabers, the expensive electronic prop replicas, were used for several sequences:

The actors are basically using a custom version of the Force FX lightsabers we can buy at retail. The blades were, however, optimized to give off the right amount of custom glow and illumination for each sequence’s lighting demands. They weren’t used in every sequence, but in many. This method reportedly allowed for ILM to then step in and color the lightsaber blades to look as we know them in the classic films while the lighting of the blade was naturally cast upon the actor as it would have been if the lightsaber was real and filmed on set. At other times it would allow for light reference. Another reason for the method was that it also made the actors feel like they were really holding a lightsaber, adding another level of immersion for the performers.

So in some of the night shots we see in the trailer, that glow you see on some of the character’s faces and bodies is genuine light captured on film and not created in post-production. That probably made the post-production job for creating lightsabers a little easier, and it should add a level of tangibility to the fictional weapon as well.

One father made his kid’s Halloween extra special this year by turning his wheelchair into a snowspeeder from The Empire Strikes Back. Eight-year old Jeremy has spina bifida, which means he must be in a wheelchair most of the time when he goes out and about. So in order for him to enjoy Halloween just as much as the rest of the kids in the neighborhood, he created this awesome, functional costume. The flaps move, and the lasers actually shoot glowing NERF darts loaded with glow sticks. Happy Halloween, Jeremy!

If you were missing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, the above video should cure all your woes about missing the return of the Jedi.

That’s all for this edition of Star Wars Bits. Stay tuned for more soon.

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