Angelo Casimiro wanted a replica of The Force Awakens’ rotund droid, but Sphero’s version wasnt’t big enough. Instead, he spent his Xmas break building his own full-size droid for just $120, with a paper-mâché beach ball body and an Arduino brain. More on Instructables.
Disney and Marvel illustrator Brian Kesinger have been posting increasingly spot-on sketches of characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the style of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. Check out his Instagram, DeviantArt and Etsy pages for more of his work.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been lauded for its return to the in-camera and practical effects style of Episodes IV-VI, but the magic on screen was a deft blending of traditional and modern techniques, as demonstrated in these clips from Wired’s DesignFX and IAMAG.
Writer/director Joe Sill and Whitelist Production’s unofficial fan film does an amazing job capturing the spirit of the Star Wars universe, combining action, drama, effects, and a dramatic setting that looks like they borrowed The Force Awakens’ location for Jakku.
To see what it’s like to be one of the many minions supporting the First Order, head cheese Kylo Ren goes “deep” undercover to live among the great unwashed in this sketch that makes us wonder how employees on Undercover Boss are so clueless about their disguised superiors.
The largest official LEGO AT-AT kit you can buy measures has about 1,100 pieces. Peter “Cavegod” Brookdale’s design uses over 6,000 bricks and is enormous. Charlie Goldberg of BrickVault acquired all the parts to replicate the giant walker, and recorded the build process.
Two of our favorites converge as A Christmas Story’s yellow-eyed villain joins the Dark Side of the Force, and is a real dick to everyone. And yes, that really is Zack Ward, the guy who played Scut Farkus in the classic holiday flick. Just one question: Where’s Grover Dill?
“Whenever there’s a new tool, everybody goes crazy and they forget the fact that there’s a story.” Star Wars creator George Lucas recently had a lengthy chat with Charlie Rose. Yes he’s bitter, but he also has great points. Also he made Star Wars. Full video here.
While the sound effects are all wrong, we got a good chuckle from Reid Southen’s doctoring of this scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, replacing the giant boulder with another round, rolly object. Also, he made this a year ago, so he had no idea what BB-8 sounded like yet.
(PG-13: Language) For The Onion, film critic Peter Rosenthal, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will never be as good as the first movie in the series. But he knows that for many horny teens, it – and heck, potentially any movie – will be their best movie ever.
Practical effects wizard Joey Shanks shows us how to replicate the lightsaber effect seen in the first Star Wars movie not using digital trickery, but the same 3M Scotchlite reflection effect that Lucas and his team used back in 1977. The spinning blade trick was brilliant.