Sunday, 24 September 2017
Revenge. Revenge against the Resistance will be the main priority for the main trio of villains comprising the First Order's continuing command structure: sneery General Hux, cruel hearted trooper Captain Phasma, and emotionally unbound leader of the Knights of Ren- Kylo Ren, all reunited unhappily yet happily for saga fans in cinemas this December.
It looks like things have come full circle for our small, loyal and incredible band of Rebel heroes returned to their home base world of grassy Lothal to try and finally rid it of Imperial tyranny, as the fourth and surely emotional final season of STAR WARS REBELS grows near.
Trailer 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtigV-biVGg
As alarms sound and Stormtroopers and officers race to their positions, the Death Star's fully manned laser turret areas are blasting away at the descending X-wing fighters now beginning strafing runs across the surface of their space station, in a classic moment from the original STAR WARS.
Filmed at the near end of Summer 1976 production at Elstree, the large set would make use of existing wall sections created previously for other Death Star interiors, including the tractor beam power terminal. At least three gun turret props were created for the sequence, though the third background one may have been a cardboard blow up (to save on the construction budget).
Several images of Stormtroopers and gunners at work or readying their equipment on the set were taken during filming by the stills set photographers, as well as pyrotechnic work where stuntmen (presumably Colin Skeaping, Peter Diamond or Reg Harding) would land on nearby mattresses hidden out of camera sight (but seen in the above B/W still). Script Supervisor Ann Skinner also took two so far unpublished B/W polaroids of the costumed extras in and around the various sets and equipment.
With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI.
Saturday, 23 September 2017
We know him more as the shuttle pilot or the vital cable guy who helped the Rebels transmit the Death Star plans from Scarif, so its interesting to see this image of Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook holding a Rebel blaster- it looks more like a film scene image than a posed promotional image, perhaps from one of the original sequences for Rogue One featuring his beach squad involvement at the Imperial base, before all the re-shoots..
Friday, 22 September 2017
He'd spent his early years piloting his Skyhopper into the dune canyons of Tatooine's Dune Sea shooting helpless Womprats, whilst simultaneously daydreaming of adventure and excitement amongst the stars he thought he'd never reach. Things change, however, and change quickly, as Luke Skywalker now finds himself in the driving seat of an old but efficient X-wing fighter, call sign Red Five, in a battle of epic importance not just to the growing Rebellion against the Empire, but also the entire galaxy...
Luke has equally gained a new friend and been reacquainted with an old one...
A superb and detailed look at one of the hangar bays inside the First Order's Star Destroyer Finalizer, packed with TIE craft, soldiers and armament, as concept art realized for The Force Awakens circa 2013/14.
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Approaching the Death Star for their attack, Red Leader has his pilots signal in their battle readiness for a classic scene. Stalwart British character actor, and no stranger to UK sci-fi TV appearances in the early seventies, Drewe Henley would give the brave Red Leader a mix of experience and hotheadedness (in agreement with George Lucas), with the character's later trusting his kinsman instincts about Luke in giving the boy command of the back-up trench run fighter flight adding weight to a small but important role.
|Red Leader... in sandals!|
|Henley enjoying the good weather outside the Elstree soundstage, along with Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, then filming landspeeder scenes.|
The British cast (mostly American redubbed in post) X and Y-wing pilot actors filmed their scenes during the then blistering record breaking Summer of 1976. So hot was it filming in the singular cockpit frame at Elstree, and against starfield lights and blue screens, that sweat could be seen on the pilot visors (resulting in cosmetic changes being made to them), whilst Henley got the chance to wear some comfortable sandals and sunbathe between studio calls!
Fighter pilot filming at Elstree: https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/behind-scenes-red-flight-at-elstree.html
I think it unlikely that Wookiees have face lifts, but Chewbacca nonetheless has that youthful look about him in the Prequel era's EPISODE III, looking pretty good for his circa 180 years of age!
Before we get to see the world's favourite Wookiee pilot/sidekick in action for The Last Jedi, enjoy his starring role as a family favourite via the fun, busy, colourful and visually mind bogglingly full, yet eye-catching second volume of Where's the Wookiee? It's out now in the UK from EGMONT.
Here's the blurb:
The exciting sequel to the bestselling Star Wars book of the past 10 years, Where’s the Wookiee.
Chewbacca is back and on the loose across the galaxy, and this time he’s brought some Wookiee friends. Find the hairy hero and a host of favourite characters in another search and find adventure. All new locations from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars story, as well as scenes from throughout the Star Wars saga.
Join Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and many more for another adventure. The perfect gift for Star Wars fans of all ages!
Get the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wheres-Wookiee-Search-Activity/dp/1405284188/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505948994&sr=1-2&keywords=wheres+the+wookie
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
The small but determined force of Rebel X-wings close-in on the goliath that is the Death Star space station in this superb art by Howard Chaykin for the original STAR WARS Marvel comic series adaptation (issue 6). The X-wings are still referred to as Blue Squadron, with the change to Red happening whilst the comic adaptation was presumably already too far gone into production to make corrections.
Unlike the film version's fifteen minutes, the Death Star firing range point in the comics was thirty.