Thursday, 19 January 2017
The Battle of Scarif taking place on one of that world's coastal shores is almost over- the small Rebel force buying time for Jyn and Cassian now at the end of their life clock as Krennic's Death Troopers arrive to wipe out our remaining heroes efficiently and effectively. But theses Rebels lives in battle were not in vain- another step nearer to defeating the Empire has ultimately been taken...
Thankfully not dead, Luke Skywalker is saved from the Sandpeople due to the fortunate arrival of a mysterious yet kindly old man cloaked in tattered brown rags, soon administering a wake-up call to the boy's consciousness and ultimately introducing himself as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the very person whom the dedicated Artoo has been looking for since touchdown on Tatooine.
George Lucas supervises Sir Alec Guinness and Mark Hamill's first scenes together on location in Tunisia, during March 1976.
Alec Guiness Interview On Set Of Star Wars 1977 - YouTube
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
|Director Krennic confidently walks into the Overbridge of the Death Star in this deleted moment from ROGUE ONE.|
One of the great story elements of ROGUE ONE was the chance to see and find out more about the upper echelons of Imperial power with the Death Star and the "court intrigue" between the ambitious characters of Ben Mendelsohn's Weapons Director Orson Krennic and Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin in wresting ultimate control of the space station. But Krennic had more scenes in the original filming/cut than what was eventually shown in cinemas, with a likely bigger involvement in the finale Battle of Scarif.
Rogue One: Ben Mendelsohn says 'vastly different' version of the film exists | The Independent
Deleted scene linked to Tarkin: STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ROGUE ONE: A RESURRECTION OF EVIL!
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Here's a Krennic overview taster from the various bits of footage/imagery revealed during 2016.
|Arriving for the test firing on Jedha.|
|Unused angle of Krennic observing Jedha.|
|Making a point to his Imperial comrades before Tarkin arrives.|
|On the bridge, and hand near his trusty ancient blaster, Krennic is in front of a main wall schematic of Jedha, as seen in ROGUE ONE's first teaser trailer.|
|A heated debate, presumably with Tarkin, in an alternate or deleted scene.|
|Conferring with Darth Vader on the power of the Death Star. Its likely that some of the dialogue from this scene, presumably linked to courting the Emperor's favour over Tarkin, was transferred to the Mustafar location.|
|Back on the Overbridge as the Death Star orbits a world that is surely Scarif. Where this scene fitted in with the original version of ROGUE ONE, we're not sure.|
|The verbal power struggle between Krennic and Tarkin continues.|
|Amidst dead bodies and a crashed U-wing, Krennic walks the shore to the communications dish tower, which, from the film's teaser trailer, was at a separate location on the island during the original cut.|
|Filming Krennic's Scarif beach scene on the Pinewood Studios backlot, about to draw his weapon on someone.|
Artoo has finally been found and his Tatooine walkabout temporarily ceased, but Luke Skywalker's curiosity about some nearby nomadic Sandpeople gets the worst of him, as the creatures make a vicious surprise attack on both Luke and a shocked Threepio- a scene well depicted on the cover of the second issue of the UK's STAR WARS WEEKLY comic, from February 1978.
Episode Nothing: Star Wars in the 1970s: Looking back at Star Wars Weekly – issue 2
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
On the bridge of the Mon Calamari's Rebel flagship Profundity, a determined Admiral Raddus and his colleagues oversee and monitor the crucial battle continuing above Scarif, in ROGUE ONE.
It was terrific to see the original bridge and briefing room area of Base One, conceived for Admiral Ackbar in RETURN OF THE JEDI, re-visited and slightly updated for use in this prequel adventure.
|Image: Robert Carlisle.|
With Artoo freed of his restraining bolt and out into the dangerous night surroundings of the Jundland Wastes looking for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke and Threepio begin a dawn Landspeeder search, in a scene filmed against back projection at Elstree Studios utilising pre shot second unit Tunisian footage of the canyon they'd be arriving at when finally finding the droid. Shot during a July 1976 heatwave, with Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels in the Landspeeder shell, the sequence was ultimately cut from the final movie after Lucas was unhappy with the finished footage- a part of the scene was later included on DVD in 2004 and Blu-ray in 2011.
Rare Robert Carlyle photographs… – Star Wars Archives
|A close-in look at some of the Landspeeder cockpit controls.|
|Unused computer animation radar graphic for the Landspeeder, showing the location of Artoo.|
Bringing Darth Vader's distinctive and powerful voice back to the STAR WARS universe this past three years with STAR WARS REBELS and ROGUE ONE, James Earl Jones fine contribution to the legendary saga continues, of which fans couldn't be happier.
James Earl Jones and His Unmistakable Voice - YouTube
STAR WARS AFICIONADO sends Birthday greetings out to James Earl Jones.
Monday, 16 January 2017
With the introduction of irascible droid K-2SO earlier than planned in ROGUE ONE's storytelling- via the liberation of Jyn Erso from the Imperial labour camp world of Wobani (handled in extra material/ re-shoots last year), the resultant after effects on the film's editing structure likely resulted in this Jedha set moment of humour between the two, seen in one of the early trailers, becoming a deleted scene casualty.
Playing a deadly game of rivalry and oneupmanship against Kylo Ren for control of the First Order alongside the alien intelligence and dark side abilities of Supreme Leader Snoke, General Hux may be young but his cruelty and loyalty to evil and power is without question. The destruction of the Starkiller Base weapon to a mere small band of Resistance forces will not be forgotten- will he face punishment from Snoke? And how will revenge be exacted on General Leia Organa and her freedom fighters during the upcoming EPISODE VIII?
With the mystery of Artoo's hologram, Uncle Owen's aggression about "Obi-Wan Kenobi" over dinner, and the news that his Academy application will be delayed, the young and innocent Luke takes a brief look towards the twin suns sunset of Tatooine to consider his destiny and yearning for personal freedom, before heading back to finish his chores- a classic moment fused with John Williams evocative score, though this scene was also composed with a far moodier alternate version.
Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope (1977) Soundtrack 13 Binary Sunset Alternate Medley - YouTube
This is a lovely angle we don't see in the film, the location of Tunisia clearly revealing only one sunset, the second added in post production.