Friday, 19 January 2018
SPOILERS! Despite great heroism, the Resistance has failed in its brief skirmish conflict against the overwhelming First Order on Crait. But all is not lost- the last spark of hope against evil reignited by the 'presence' of Luke Skywalker, seemingly ready to take on his former pupil, Kylo Ren, in this terrific visual moment from The Last Jedi.
SPOILERS! He may have become a unique Jedi Master in his own right, but to Master Yoda - newly Force-emerged on Ahch-To to bring-in the destruction of the thousands of years old Jedi Tree - Luke Skywalker will always be the petulant youngster with his head too far in the clouds dreaming of adventure and excitement. Their on-screen master-apprentice relationship during The Empire Strikes Back was often quite challenging, but also magical to witness. So it was nice to see that special pairing back, with Yoda still delivering wisdom to Luke even after all this time apart, for The Last Jedi.
The return of a 'little green friend':
Recent Frank Oz online chat:
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Within the main hangar of the First Order flagship Supremacy, two Executioner Stormtroopers wielding laser axes zealously step forward, preparing to follow Captain Phasma's orders in executing traitor FN-2187 and his accomplice Rose Tico, in a tense moment from The Last Jedi.
Supposedly safe in hyperspace within the Resistance cruiser Raddus, General Leia Organa considers her, and her dedicated freedom fighters, next steps for survival, as well as contemplating the price they've paid so far. A quiet and effective character moment for the much-missed Carrie Fisher, during The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson on 'that' space scene: http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/star-wars/news/a847782/star-wars-last-jedi-rian-johnson-justifes-princess-leia-moment/?utm_content=buffere423a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=maintwitterpost
|Going through the scene with Rian Johnson.|
Find out more about Fisher's new character wardrobe for VIII, in this interesting interview with costume supremo Michael Kaplan:
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Another great action shot from The Last Jedi showing Poe Dameron's X-wing speeding across the surface of the First Order dreadnought Fulminatrix, taking out its layers of laser cannons.
One of the great things about these new sequels has been the way we've seen both the X-wing and TIE fighters displaying further agility and adaptability in flight and combat, during some very cool visual moments. Full credit to the filmmakers and ILM.
More on how the incredible visual effects work was done for VIII: http://www.artofvfx.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-ben-morris-overall-vfx-supervisor-industrial-light-magic/
On the stolen Libertine space yacht, Finn and BB-8 discover just how shady their host in rogue hacker 'DJ' really is, in a tense scene from The Last Jedi that briefly but effectively showcases the greed and corruption that war brings- a very real shades of grey morality issue branching into the STAR WARS universe form our own real and troubled world.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
A happy Neal Scanlan, UK Creature and Special Make-ups Effects Creative Supervisor for The Last Jedi, enjoys the people and alien patrons of the Canto Bight casino, as seen in this fun image taken for VANITY FAIR's preview of the film from mid-2017, by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
|Lens legend Annie Leibovitz directs the Canto Bight shoot for VANITY FAIR.|
|Mark Hamill makes a fun vocal cameo as a CGI alien with slot-machine interests in BB-8.|
Find out more about the film's cameos and Easter Eggs here:
Don't forget, The Last Jedi spin-off short story book Canto Bight is still available in hardback worldwide, and in the UK from Century Publishing.
Get it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Canto-Bight-Star-Ahmed-Saladin/dp/0525480366/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1516032911&sr=1-1&keywords=star+wars+canto+bight
She'd been warned by Luke on Ahch-To of the dangers of going to Kylo Ren, and of thinking he could be turned back to the light. Now, as Rey prepares to leave Crait in the Falcon, she is aware of his true ambitious presence, turning her back on Ren once and for all, fully aware that conflict between them will surely be their final destiny.
Rian Johnson on Rey and Ren:
Monday, 15 January 2018
Deep in one of the hangar bays of the Raddus, the last surviving members of the Resistance prepare for swift evacuation to Crait within cramped transport shuttles, hopefully under the protection of cloaking devices, in a busy scene from The Last Jedi.
Get it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-JediTM-Incredible-Cross-Sections/dp/0241281075?pd_rd_wg=WX2Uj&pd_rd_r=ced79bb8-4729-46bc-bc0b-b3eba759e372&pd_rd_w=WBzha&ref_=pd_gw_simh&pf_rd_r=8TW3WSGTPDQQZ0RQZEE7&pf_rd_p=deaa5746-571c-5b3b-8d1e-7cd67d79768f
Rey rushes across the Ahch-To shoreline on a mission to rescue the Caretaker community supposedly from attacking sea bandits, in a scene filmed but cut from The Last Jedi that looks set to surface on the upcoming Blu-ray deleted scenes. Though ultimately only two hours of Special Features for the release? C'mon Disney, that is very disappointing!
|Rey's 'Force running' in a scene briefly shown in the first TLJ teaser trailer.|
Here's a few other shots below that might be linked to deleted scenes...
|Finn in fighter pilot costume. Perhaps a costume test or a deleted scene?|
|Chewbacca filmed a scene on the Raddus, likely after delivering Rey to the enemy.|
|A lighting test for Kelly Marie Tran? We never saw Rose by the Falcon.|
|A key online marketing image. A lighting test perhaps?|