Star Wars – An Iconic Introduction

I think this might be my favorite Star Wars photo ever.

Star Wars ILM Credits

To this point, movie text and credits had been shot similarly since film began, and yet a simple camera tilt and it becomes something else entirely.  Iconic.  Synonymous.

Photo’s like this just make me smile.

The Corridors of Lucasfilm #4 – Howard Anderson Optical Printer

Lucasfilm – Howard Anderson Optical Printer

Not much is known about he Anderson Printer before ILM purchased it from Paramount Pictures in 1975.  It had been used for compositing for Cecil B DeMilles The Ten Commandments in 1956, and shots for Alfred Hichcock’s North By Northwest in 1959.  The printer fell out of permanent use as the VistaVision format waned.

VistaVision is a method of shooting a a 35mm negative horizontally (8 perforations), double the size of typical upright negatives.  To project a VistaVision movie a special projector was necessary; one that lay on its side.  The cost of the new equipment and higher costs to process the film made VistaVision an impractical format for film.  Though the quality of an Continue reading

The Empire Strikes Back – Unseen Vintage Documentary.

“Here’s an awesome vintage documentary short that lets us take a look back at the making of The Empire Strikes Back. While the film was shooting in the 80s, French journalist Michael Parbot was given unprecedented access to the production. Some of the footage has been seen in a couple of other documentaries over the years, but now there’s more unseen footage that’s been found! The doc includes fascinating conversations with Irvin Kershner, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford. Check it out.”

Star Wars Posters: Mashups

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Star Wars Posters: Adidas

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Star Wars Games Retrospective

Star Wars Games

From Flying to MMO, Action, Adventure and more, Star Wars Games have covered most genres. And now, for the first time they are all covered (from 1982-2008) in one video. Sit back and enjoy this epic collection of the Star Wars Retrospectives thanks to GameTrailers.com

 

Star Wars Posters: Propaganda

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Star Wars Posters: Movie Redesigns

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Secrets from the Ranch

Yup, the latest super secret project from the ranch was announced today; StarWars Detours.

“Today at Star Wars Celebration VI, Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich, along with their collaborator Todd Grimes, unveiled footage from their new animated series Star Wars: Detours. The series takes place between between Episode III and IV, and of course, Green, Senreich and Grimes have taken comedic liberty with the entire Star Wars universe, with George Lucas‘ blessing of course.”

This is my favorite clip, but check out the other three links below, including the trailer.

Clip1  |  Clip3  |  Trailer.

“Senreich told fans the story behind the series, saying they got a call from Lucas’ people and he immediately thought they were getting sued for developing Robot Chicken.”

“Lucas was sitting at a desk and said, ‘You guys think you’re pretty fucking funny, don’t you?'” Green remembers. “‘So, how about we do something funny together?'”

As of right now, there are no details on premiere dates or even a home network for the show. But have a first look at Star Wars: Detours below, and then head to the comments and hit us with your initial reactions.”

 

Star Wars Posters: Retro Travel

Five alternate takes on Travel Posters from the Outer Rim.

Steve Thomas

Star Destroyer Tatooine Alderaan By Moonlight Beggars Canyon Endor Rally Hoth Ski Patrol

These six are from a full set of fourteen images, but it’s an interesting range because it clearly breaks down into a few sub-groups springing from slightly different influences.  The posters were originally sold through Lucasfilms art partner, Acme Archives, although most are now sold out.  There were also a couple of nice, minimal ‘t-shirt logos’ which were – not surprisingly – available as t-shirts.

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