May 4th was Stars Wars Day! In Honor of of this I have some clips and info to share from Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) to coincide with the recent Digital HD release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection, which is now available!
“The bonus material gathered for this release is a great collection of treasured classics and fan favorites, as well as newly produced pieces that manage to shine a new light on these films after all these years.”
Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars Historian
BONUS FEATURE #1
CONVERSATIONS: DOUG CHIANG LOOKS BACK
In this exciting bonus feature, Design Director Doug Chiang reveals the five design principles he learned from George Lucas that helped him create some of cinema’s most lasting and iconic images…
THE 3-SECOND RULE
When the audience sees something new on screen, they have to immediately connect with this new item. They have to understand what it is within two or three seconds. If the design doesn’t tell you what it is within three seconds, then it doesn’t work.
George Lucas loved creating designs with personality, but this principle doesn’t just relate to the characters of Star Wars; it also applies to vehicles and sets. Everything in the Star Wars movies has to have a personality to convey to the audience.
Doug Chiang had to ensure that all his designs had a level of believability so that the audience wouldn’t be distracted or taken away from the movie experience.
THE GEEK FACTOR
This design principle refers to the extra factor that gives the design flair. It’s the extra element that makes kids want to play with the new design and make it “extra cool”!
BONUS FEATURE #2
DISCOVERIES FROM INSIDE: MODELS & MINIATURES
Model Shop Supervisors Steve Gawley and Lorne Peterson discuss how they created miniscule and massive models that became classic pieces of the Star Wars universe…
MODELS & MINIATURES: FACT #1
The original design for the Millennium Falcon wasn’t the hamburger-shaped spacecraft we all know and love. Instead, it was a long, thin vehicle that was deemed too close in design to a ship seen in the iconic television show, Space: 1999.
MODELS & MINIATURES: FACT #2
The original design of the Millennium Falcon wasn’t completely wasted. The design became the prototype for the Princess Leia’s ship, the Rebel Blockade Runner. The only aspect of the Millennium Falcon’s original design that stayed with Han Solo’s ship was the conical cockpit.
BONUS FEATURE #3
CONVERSATIONS: SOUNDS IN SPACE
Iconic sound mixers Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood meet at Skywalker Ranch share the surprising sounds that made the movies roar to life and celebrate the franchise that defined their careers…
SOUNDS IN SPACE: FACT #1
Did you know that one of the first sounds Ben Burtt worked on for Star Wars was the sound of the Wookiee? Over the years, the movie’s creative team has gathered almost a million different sounds and sounds effects in their mammoth library and archive collection.
SOUNDS IN SPACE: FACT #2
Ben Burtt used an unlikely tool as inspiration for the deep, roaring sound of the Star Destroyer at the start of Episode IV: A New Hope. During a night in a hotel, the sound designer heard a heavy rumbling sound and decided to investigate. An air conditioning unit was the cause of the rumble, so Burtt put a microphone on top of the unit. That sound eventually became the roar of the Star Destroyer.
SOUNDS IN SPACE: FACT #3
Australia wildlife served as the unusual source for a number of significant Star Wars sounds. The mating calls of penguins were recorded in Melbourne and the sound of fruit bats fighting over a banana was recorded in a rainforest in Cairns. They were mixed together to create the iconic sound of the Geonosian species in the Star Wars movies.
BONUS FEATURE #4
DISCOVERIES FROM INSIDE: COSTUMES REVEALED
Take a look at some of the most iconic wardrobe pieces in cinema history in this exclusive bonus feature. And discover some interesting insight into the costumes of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Han Solo and other fascinating Star Wars characters.
COSTUMES REVEALED: FACT #1
In order to make the masks of the Tusken Raiders, prop designers raided a number of plumbing stores, hardware stores and camera stores in England. They picked up whatever they thought would work for the fearsome desert savages.
COSTUMES REVEALED: FACT #2
George Lucas is a huge fan of the Samurai. In fact, the chest plate and mask of Darth Vader’s costume reflects his fandom of the iconic Japanese warriors.
BONUS FEATURE #5
CONVERSATIONS: THE STAR WARS THAT ALMOST WAS
Iconic moments and stories from the Saga almost took very different paths in the Star Wars movies. Find out more in this exclusive bonus feature with Star Wars historians and writers...
THE STAR WARS THAT ALMOST WAS: FACT #1
George Lucas’ first draft of the screenplay for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was very different to the finished film. In his early scripts, Han Solo was a giant green alien and R2-D2 talked full sentences.
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THE STAR WARS THAT ALMOST WAS: FACT #2
The original draft for A New Hope saw the story visit lots more locations that were cut out of the movie. Some of these locations included the Imperial Capital and a palatial estate.
THE STAR WARS THAT ALMOST WAS: FACT #3
In the original movie scripts, Obi-Wan Kenobi survived his iconic fight with Darth Vader. Why did that change? Whilst filming the movie in Tunisia, George Lucas decided that the Death Star wouldn’t be menacing enough without a significant death – and the fatality of Obi-Wan Kenobi was the result.