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Star Wars Insider - 2018 Special Edition

Star Wars Insider - 2018 Special Edition

Star Wars Insider - 2018 Special Edition

A collection of some of the very best interviews and features from the pages of Star Wars Insider! The incredible 148-page 2018 Special Edition includes a complete episode guide for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’; features on the movies from ‘A New Hope’ to ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’; and acclaimed writers Chuck Wendig and Claudia Gray discuss the fine art of writing best-selling Star Wars novels!

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Titan Publishing Group

in this issue

1 min
the lost missions clovis shuffle

97: “AN OLD FRIEND” Production Number: 419 Broadcast Number: 113 (March 7, 2014; Season 6, Episode 5) “To love is to trust. To trust is to believe.” Director: Brian Kalin O’Connell Written by: Christian Taylor While on Scipio to fund a mercy mission, Padmé Amidala is called upon by an old friend, Rush Clovis, to help uncover corruption in the Banking Clan. They must evade the bounty hunter Embo to escape the planet with the incriminating information. 98: “THE RISE OF CLOVIS” Production Number: 420 Broadcast Number: 114 (March 7, 2014; Season 6, Episode 6) “Jealousy is the path to chaos.” Director: Danny Keller Written by: Christian Taylor Back on Coruscant, Clovis—known traitor of the Republic—makes a dubious deal which puts him at the head of the Banking Clan. Anakin’s increasing distrust and hatred of Clovis strains his relationship with Padmé to breaking…

15 min
the art of harrison ellenshaw

Star Wars Insider: How did you first become involved with Star Wars ? Harrison Ellenshaw: The first I heard of it was when I was working with Disney as the head of the matte department. I had done some matte shots on The Man Who Fell To Earth in 1976—that was the first time the Disney matte department had done work outside of Disney’s films. Later, in early ’76, [ILM manager] Jim Nelson called me and said, “I understand the matte department does matte shots and work outside of Disney.” He told me a little about the film he’d been working on and came over to visit. He brought with him copies of Ralph McQuarrie’s initial production illustrations, which was the thing that got me excited right away. He said, “Well,…

4 min
adam bray’s five favorite star wars facts

1 COUNT DOOKU, ZIRO THE HUTT, AND CAD BANE ARE ALL VOICED BY THE SAME ACTOR It still amazes me that Count Dooku, Ziro the Hutt, and Cad Bane (as well as many background characters) are all voiced by actor Corey Burton. The voices of these villainous Star Wars: The Clone Wars characters—who are among my favorites—all sound entirely different from each other! The talented Burton has had a distinguished career. His television work includes the voices of both Toadwort and Gruffy Gummi in The Gummi Bears, Dracula in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as well as Ultimate Spider-Man, and Captain Hook in Jake and the Never Land Pirates! He has voiced minor characters in major Disney animated features, too, including Aladdin (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and Atlantis: The Lost…

4 min
the little princess diaries

Star Wars Insider: How did the Vader’s Little Princess book come about? Was it commissioned at the same time as Darth Vader and Son? Jeffrey Brown: When I was showing the first sketches of Vader and Son to Chronicle Books and Lucasfilm, everyone kind of looked at each other and had the same thought: that there should obviously be a sequel where Leia gets her own book! The reception of Vader and Son made it an easy call. It was officially commissioned just after Darth Vader and Son came out. How long did the book take you to do? Was it quicker than Vader and Son? I think it ended up taking about the same amount of time, about eight or nine months —not including all the time spent coming up with ideas,…

4 min
40th anniversary ball

George Lucas has always acknowledged the sources from which he drew inspiration for Star Wars. The opening text crawl is drawn from Flash Gordon serials, the bickering droids echo the main characters in Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress, and the climactic attack on the Death Star owes a great deal to World War II movies The Dam Busters (1955) and 633 Squadron (1964). Yet the moonsized Death Star itself has few obvious parallels in other works of fiction. Sure, plenty of villains have an impressive base, and superweapons that must be stopped provide the against-theclock impetus for many a movie. But the audacity of the Death Star—its pure, simple shape and its mind-boggling scale—make it one of the most original elements of Star Wars, and a cultural icon that ranks alongside…

3 min
r2’s debut

The first R2-D2 took shape in a tiny studio in Kensal Rise in London, when George Lucas came to the U.K. in 1975. Five of us set up shop in a tiny studio, and [art director] Les Dilley and I were given the task of making a mock-up. o n, s rt iven From the script, it was clear that George didn’t have a movie without R2-D2 and C-3PO. They were the storytellers. We knew that C-3PO would work because of the robot in Metropolis (1927), but R2-D2… He had to be under four-feet tall and we couldn’t make him do everything he needed to do using radio-control, so we had to make him work around a small person. George hired Kenny Baker, who is 3’ 8”, and we recruited Bill Harman,…