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Leaked Set Footage from Star Wars Episode VIIAs filmmakers we’re often trying to convince an audience that what they are seeing is real, even if what they are watching couldn’t possibly exist. That’s why it’s always interesting when “viral” videos come out that really make people question what they are seeing, if only for a short time. We saw this recently with the fake Hoverboard video, and even though some work for different reasons, for the most part they play on the fact that people tend to have their guards down when watching “amateur” or “nonfiction” videos. While a new video claiming to be leaked on-set footage from the newest Star Wars film is obviously CGI, is there something about it that makes us want to believe it more than the films themselves? More »

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ILMEarlier in the week, we talked about how Industrial Light and Magic changed the cinematic world when they developed CGI and used it in Jurassic Park. Those computer generated dinosaurs marked the beginning of a creative revolution where filmmakers could actually take what was in their heads and put them into their films (and with as much or as little realism as they desired). ILM’s contribution to the filmmaking community is huge, and if you’re curious to see how the visual effects company came to be, as well as a view inside how they’ve advanced cinematic technology, then you should check out this documentary directed by Leslie Iwerks, with interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and many, many others. More »

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JJ Abrams Role in Star Wars Episode VIIFilming for Star Wars: Episode VII has just begun with J.J. Abrams at the helm, and while they are currently shooting in Abu Dhabi, when the production returns to Pinewood Studious in the UK, you’ll have a chance to not only meet the director and check out the production, but actually be on-screen in the movie itself! Check out the video below for the whole scoop, as well as a sneak peek of the new production. More »

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Star Wars The Editor Strikes BackApparently re-cuts of famous works by people who are in the industry isn’t anything new. We’ve got Steven Soderbergh’s re-cut of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, and now we have something completely different. Topher Grace of That ’70s Show fame, who is a huge Star Wars fan, and he re-cut the three prequels, Episodes I, II, and III, into one 85-minute filmHe screened it just once publicly, but he’s got a trailer online, and some reactions from people who saw it. In honor of Star Wars day, we’ve also got some other new Star Wars materials just released, including a trailer for the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. More »

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Heavens GateMichael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter follow-up, Heaven’s Gate, faced all sorts of obstacles during its making, and is famous in filmmaking circles for plenty of other reasons besides the movie itself, including its low box office take and over 200 minute running time. Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has apparently been obsessed with the movie since it was announced, and he’s actually re-edited the entire film and put it online. Called “Heaven’s Gate: The Butcher’s Cut,” this new version comes in at under 2 hours, cutting out a significant amount of the film. Check it out below. More »

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Homemade Star WarsSometimes creating something memorable or interesting isn’t about having powerful cameras, fancy sets, or A-list actors. Sometimes you just need a little creativity, some spray paint, and a bit of cardboard. Homemade Movies, a weekly show on the Cinefix YouTube channel, recreates famous scenes from some of the biggest films, but with a decidedly lower budget. This week they tackled the trench run scene from the original Star Wars film, and it is simply delightful. Check out the video and their process below, as well as a side-by-side comparison with both the original and the remake playing together. More »

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While Hollywood is attempting to dive back into a franchise whose best movies were arguably over 30 years ago, the approach taken by The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner can apply not just to future Star Wars films, but to anyone making anything that requires a suspension of disbelief. A French journalist named Michael Parbot had virtually limitless access to the production, and it’s only now that we have a more complete version of the documentary he produced in 1980. There are some fantastic and candid moments from some of the cast as well as the crew, and even if you are not a Star Wars fan, there are plenty of tidbits about storytelling and filmmaking that apply just as equally today. More »

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I meant to post this months ago when it first came out, but Ted Hope mentioning on his Vimeo panel that he thought Star Wars Uncut was the “film of the year” motivated me to post it belatedly. So in case you haven’t already seen it, here is the crowdsourced, fan-made version of the entire first (ah, fourth) episode of Star Wars. More »