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« Reply #480 on: April 16, 2015, 07:28:56 PM »

J.J. Abrams Shares Behind-The-Scenes Photos At The 'Star Wars' Celebration Panel

















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« Reply #481 on: April 16, 2015, 07:48:11 PM »

The "droid mechanics" is a great story from the broadcast -- apparently two die-hard fans who had made amazing R2-D2 replicas were recruited to build droids and droid-domes for the new movie, and perform "on the fly" maintenance on the sets (one guy, w/ specs, in the 5th photo above  icon_smile).

I assume the BB-8 "puppet" is some sort of mix of gyroscope and magnets - still quite magical to see it in operation.  icon_smile
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« Reply #483 on: April 16, 2015, 08:43:20 PM »

Breakdown of the trailer.  


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« Reply #484 on: April 16, 2015, 09:19:40 PM »

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 16, 2015, 06:18:37 PM

My brain just exploded. So IN it's not even funny.

Pretty much this.  Absolutely epic.
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« Reply #485 on: April 16, 2015, 09:32:01 PM »

I'm betting one practical reason for the Stormtrooper helmet visor change -- seems to be much wider, wraparound dark lenses -- is so the poor folks wearing them can actually see where they're going.  icon_smile

While I've of course already seen this trailer 57 times at work  icon_razz, it'll be fun to see it on the Avengers double feature date... well, I wonder if maybe we won't have trailers before the Thursday night show. All the more reason I'll have to run back and see it again per my custom.  icon_smile
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« Reply #486 on: April 17, 2015, 12:50:51 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2015, 09:19:40 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 16, 2015, 06:18:37 PM

My brain just exploded. So IN it's not even funny.

Pretty much this.  Absolutely epic.

The other thing that blew my mind was during the Episode 7 panel live broadcast, they brought out the fully functioning remote controlled BB-8 ball droid on the stage, proving that it was not a CGI creation but a working mechanical prop. I'm sure it works based on some complex magnetic system but it was a magical moment when it rolled out. I'm as jaded as any movie fan nowadays and that was an "oh wow" moment for me. JJ Abrams discussed the fact that they wanted to shoot as much of the movie as they could using practical sets and props. Sure the movie will have a ton of CG effects, but to Abrams, a lot of the magic of the original trilogy is that you felt like you were there because the world and the vehicles felt so real. Something the prequel trilogy really lacked in it's overuse of blue screen and CG everything. That aspect alone has me so excited and I have all the faith in the world that episode 7 is in very good hands.

Between Marvel and Lucasfilm, the Disney corporation has pretty much become the overlords of all of nerd-dom, and I don't even mind one bit!  icon_smile
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« Reply #487 on: April 17, 2015, 02:53:49 AM »

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 17, 2015, 12:50:51 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2015, 09:19:40 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 16, 2015, 06:18:37 PM

My brain just exploded. So IN it's not even funny.

Pretty much this.  Absolutely epic.

The other thing that blew my mind was during the Episode 7 panel live broadcast, they brought out the fully functioning remote controlled BB-8 ball droid on the stage, proving that it was not a CGI creation but a working mechanical prop. I'm sure it works based on some complex magnetic system but it was a magical moment when it rolled out. I'm as jaded as any movie fan nowadays and that was an "oh wow" moment for me. JJ Abrams discussed the fact that they wanted to shoot as much of the movie as they could using practical sets and props. Sure the movie will have a ton of CG effects, but to Abrams, a lot of the magic of the original trilogy is that you felt like you were there because the world and the vehicles felt so real. Something the prequel trilogy really lacked in it's overuse of blue screen and CG everything. That aspect alone has me so excited and I have all the faith in the world that episode 7 is in very good hands.

Between Marvel and Lucasfilm, the Disney corporation has pretty much become the overlords of all of nerd-dom, and I don't even mind one bit!  icon_smile

Here's the BB-8 video.  So cool.

http://youtu.be/A_K10fX9DSY
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« Reply #488 on: April 17, 2015, 06:18:06 AM »

Meh trailer is meh.
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« Reply #489 on: April 17, 2015, 10:12:13 AM »

Quote from: ATB on April 17, 2015, 06:18:06 AM

Meh trailer is meh.

ATB must have confused his Golden Girls rerun for the Star Wars trailer again.  It's ok, these things sometimes happen as you get older.  :p
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« Reply #490 on: April 17, 2015, 01:05:48 PM »

Quote from: leo8877 on April 17, 2015, 02:53:49 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 17, 2015, 12:50:51 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2015, 09:19:40 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 16, 2015, 06:18:37 PM

My brain just exploded. So IN it's not even funny.

Pretty much this.  Absolutely epic.

The other thing that blew my mind was during the Episode 7 panel live broadcast, they brought out the fully functioning remote controlled BB-8 ball droid on the stage, proving that it was not a CGI creation but a working mechanical prop. I'm sure it works based on some complex magnetic system but it was a magical moment when it rolled out. I'm as jaded as any movie fan nowadays and that was an "oh wow" moment for me. JJ Abrams discussed the fact that they wanted to shoot as much of the movie as they could using practical sets and props. Sure the movie will have a ton of CG effects, but to Abrams, a lot of the magic of the original trilogy is that you felt like you were there because the world and the vehicles felt so real. Something the prequel trilogy really lacked in it's overuse of blue screen and CG everything. That aspect alone has me so excited and I have all the faith in the world that episode 7 is in very good hands.

Between Marvel and Lucasfilm, the Disney corporation has pretty much become the overlords of all of nerd-dom, and I don't even mind one bit!  icon_smile

Here's the BB-8 video.  So cool.

http://youtu.be/A_K10fX9DSY
This was a definate highlight for me.. I had heard that it was a practical effect, but really thought that was a rumor... it almost seems like magic..
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« Reply #491 on: April 17, 2015, 01:11:24 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on April 17, 2015, 10:12:13 AM

Quote from: ATB on April 17, 2015, 06:18:06 AM

Meh trailer is meh.

ATB must have confused his Golden Girls rerun for the Star Wars trailer again.  It's ok, these things sometimes happen as you get older.  :p

I'm honestly a little bit worried about ATB at this point in the week. First we get that horrible dog/decapitation picture in the funny thread (Which I can look past) but now we get a "meh" on the trailer? Where there's smoke there's fire, I think he may have some sort of brain damage that's affecting his judgment.
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« Reply #492 on: April 17, 2015, 01:42:27 PM »

Okay, well I was wrong, it is a practical effect.

Looks like it's using segway tech and magnets to hold the head in place and turn it. Extra controls in the head to let it look around and lean without moving. A great bit of FX prop work. I wonder if that thing actually had enough torque to roll through sand, or if they had to prepare a lot of pathways ahead of time for it during filming.
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« Reply #493 on: April 17, 2015, 03:47:52 PM »

That ball has to be rather smooth so I doubt there is enough grip for it to really roll through sand in either case.
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« Reply #494 on: April 17, 2015, 03:59:17 PM »

I'm wondering if the sphere "puppet" tech is anything like the Sphero toy:
http://www.gosphero.com/sphero/
*Obviously that doesn't have a head sliding around its surface.  icon_smile

The world does actually have people (not I) who prefer SW episodes I-III to the original trilogy, as hard as that may be to believe. I have witnessed them at various forums. An opinion's an opinion, right? A lot of youngsters grew up with that most recent trilogy. I suspect they wouldn't be impressed by practical effects or seeing their favorite 72 year old action star of yore back in gear (Harrison Ford).

I, on the other hand, was re-watching the teaser trailer 2 on my iPhone at like 4:30 a.m. when I was having trouble getting back to sleep.  Bring your own!

For me it boils down to the screenplay, and while I'm not always keen on JJ's screenwriting (see Ford in "Regarding Henry"), I was excited about Lawrence Kasdan co-writing SW:TFA, so even if LK is not the Empire-Raiders-Jedi screenwriter that he once was, I have faith he can give the story the right mix of drama, humor, action and pathos and that he has the right feel for the original trilogy characters. Plus, JJ won't let him write Boring. icon_smile Though only time will tell if JJ reigned in his Lens Flare Addiction.  icon_razz
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« Reply #495 on: April 17, 2015, 04:02:33 PM »

Well if it's any consolation, my first impressions of the new terminator film were negative too. But the latest trailer has me................ believing?

This trailer does nothing for me.  In fact the teaser for QT's new movie Hateful 8 gets me more jazzed and it doesn't show anything from the film.
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« Reply #496 on: April 17, 2015, 04:17:08 PM »

Quote from: ATB on April 17, 2015, 04:02:33 PM

Well if it's any consolation, my first impressions of the new terminator film were negative too. But the latest trailer has me................ believing?

This trailer does nothing for me.  In fact the teaser for QT's new movie Hateful 8 gets me more jazzed and it doesn't show anything from the film.

Well, as proved by your latest picture posting, you are dead inside.
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« Reply #497 on: April 17, 2015, 05:36:49 PM »

At the risk of overkill, Vulture's:

A Very Emotional Shot-by-Shot Reaction to the Star Wars Teaser
http://www.vulture.com/2015/04/crying-about-star-wars-what-is-wrong-with-me.html

For Business News Nerds, read the reaction globally was so positive that it boosted Disney's stock share prices. Thought it looked more like just a half day blip Thursday:
https://www.nyse.com/quote/XNYS:DIS
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« Reply #499 on: April 17, 2015, 07:18:55 PM »

 icon_lol, Farley.

Also...

PVP - The Force Awakens
http://pvponline.com/comic/2015/04/17/the-force-awakens  icon_smile
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« Reply #500 on: April 17, 2015, 07:49:52 PM »

I liked it but not as much as Fr. Roderick.


SFW, unless you work somewhere that doesn't like happy priests.
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« Reply #501 on: April 17, 2015, 08:00:17 PM »

My reaction:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=42&v=PYHdQUyOunA
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« Reply #502 on: April 17, 2015, 08:41:12 PM »

If you're curious about the names of the factions (per Republic and Empire), Collider's editor snooped around the props area at the event yesterday... (maybe spoiler-ish, if you'd rather not know):

Spoiler for Hiden:
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Will Pit the First Order against the Resistance
http://collider.com/star-wars-7-force-awakens-first-order-against-the-resistance/
Of course, this could be like the Blue Harvest and Revenge of the Jedi fake title boards for Episode VI back in 1982-83. A Jedi mind trick for unsuspecting film bloggers.  paranoid
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« Reply #503 on: April 17, 2015, 08:57:29 PM »

Collider also has a nifty collection of prop photos from the event (including costumes, droids, ship models etc.):
http://collider.com/star-wars-7-costumes-props-klyo-rens-lightsaber/

*The BB-8 description suggests the orange discs on it are made of rubber, which perhaps gives it sufficient traction to work on sand?

*One of the stormtrooper costumes suggests it includes a flamethrower  icon_eek

*Found it interesting that many of the props are made with 3-D printers (including some guns, a staff, a backpack and others)
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« Reply #504 on: April 17, 2015, 11:22:46 PM »

Not surprised at all. High end industrial sized 3D printers are big nowadays.

However, for most things, they'll probably print a set of pieces and then use molding and casting to replicate enough for all the extras and stuntmen. It's just too slow of a process to print hundreds of full costumes, or even prop guns, at full scale and high enough resolution to appear on screen in close up.

Also, I noticed in the SW Battlefront reveal thread they mention female stormtroopers, probably wearing the same armor. Not too surprising considering one of the lead villains is the same actress as Brienne of Tarth from GoT.

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« Reply #505 on: April 18, 2015, 07:51:02 AM »

Quote from: Turtle on April 17, 2015, 11:22:46 PM

Also, I noticed in the SW Battlefront reveal thread they mention female stormtroopers, probably wearing the same armor. Not too surprising considering one of the lead villains is the same actress as Brienne of Tarth from GoT.

Yeah, speculation has it that she's playing the chrome trooper we see in the teaser. If that's the case, I'm very glad to see that Lucasfilm managed to avoid the temptation to create a "feminine" stormtrooper costume.
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