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Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2020

Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2020

Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2020
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Star Wars Insider launches its 11th yearly special, packed to bursting with over 140 pages of news, reviews, interviews and highlights from a galaxy far, far away! Classic interviews with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, plus, an in-depth exploration of Star Wars as a pop culture phenomenon, from comics and novels to toys and games. The Skywalker Saga comes to a close this December with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but the force will be with you... always.

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United Kingdom
Titan Publishing Group

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1 min.

Forty-two years is an incredibly long time over which to tell a story. I can’t think of any examples of stories that have been told over such an extended period that have had such cultural prominence. I was there pretty much from the start when, as a 7 year old, I became obsessed with collecting. I had the Palitoy (as they were in the U.K.) Star Wars action figures and collected the sticker albums. I was prone to dressing up in a painfully rigid PVC Darth Vader costume that smelled funny with a mask that left an angry red mark around the edge of my face when removed after my journey to the dark side had become unbearable or the frail elastic that held it to my head had snapped. This…

5 min.
in conversation with… carrie fisher, 1982

Can you tell us something about your experience making the Star Wars movies? I grew up in the Star Wars saga. While everyone else was 25 to 30, I was only 19 when the filming started. You can see me growing in each new episode. I used to kid everyone on the set by saying that I had an excuse—I was a teenager, but why were all these grown-ups shooting guns, and playing with all the big toys? I almost think I look totally different now. I came into Star Wars straight from an English drama school. Quite a jump. I played Leia Organa, who is a royal. Leia is angry, which is part of her strength but not all of it. She was very clear about her responsibilities toward her cause,…

13 min.
the soundtrack of her life

As Imperial stormtroopers overwhelm the rebel forces on the Tantive IV in the opening minutes of A New Hope, Princess Leia delivers a small data tape to astromech droid R2-D2. Leia turns to leave, and the image is accompanied by a short, muted burst of seven notes, the first two of which are separated by six steps on a musical scale—what’s known as a major-sixth interval. Through the film, this cue will recur in a variety of forms, developing on each occasion and ultimately becoming the theme that we inextricably link with Leia. This idea of having musical themes or “motifs” associated with key characters was central to writer-director George Lucas and composer John Williams’ shared vision for the music of Star Wars. In the vein of classic Hollywood composers such as…

2 min.
solo for leia

John Williams recorded the music for the original Star Wars with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) over the course of 14 three-hour scoring sessions from March 5 to March 16, 1977. David Cripps was the LSO’s principal horn at the time, and at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, he took part in a retrospective panel dedicated to A New Hope’s music and sound. During that session, he recalled playing the French horn solo for Leia’s theme. “The Princess Leia theme is surely one of the most beautiful tunes that anybody ever wrote,” he said. “It shows the genius of John Williams to great effect—not just because it’s a wonderful tune, but because he wrote it for the best instrument in the orchestra! “I remember it so well, even 40 years later. We were…

8 min.
teaser triumphs!

As we wait impatiently for the new movie to either confirm our theories or blow them out of the water, now seems like the perfect time to look back on the saga’s teaser trailers and see how much they really told us. STAR WARS TEASER TRAILER, 1976 “TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX AND GEORGE LUCAS, THE MAN WHO BROUGHT YOU AMERICAN GRAFFITI NOW BRING YOU AN ADVENTURE UNLIKE ANYTHING ON YOUR PLANET—STAR WARS!” The first footage of Star Wars that audiences saw came in this portentous trailer, which promised the story of “a boy, a girl, and a universe,” and “aliens from a thousand worlds!” The narrator signed off with the boast that the movie was “a billion years in the making,” but we can forgive a bit of hype, especially as Jurassic Park (1993) would…

15 min.
painting the galaxy

The Death Star’s chasms. Bespin’s Cloud City. The Ewoks’ village in the trees of Endor. The Gungans’ home beneath the waters of Naboo. The starship graveyard of Jakku. The rainsoaked crags of Eadu. What could unite such disparate vistas? From the beginning of the Star Wars saga through to its most recent big-screen installments, matte paintings have helped realize far-flung settings that dazzle the eyes and fuel the imagination. By the time George Lucas formed Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to create the visual effects for the original Star Wars, multiple variations of the technique—which combines a live-action element with painted scenery in order to create the illusion of a larger setting—had been developed and refined. The processes by which visual effects artists bring matte paintings to cinematic life would continue…