A couple of videos for you today….first off, this fan-made edit for an Obi-Wan spinoff movie trailer:
And for those of you with an hour to kill, here’s an extended interview with Dave Filoni from the official Star Wars Show:
Glad to hear Dave Filoni smacked some sense back into him:
Inverse posted an interview with the director of “The Prequels Strike Back” and it occurred to me a kind of new narrative is taking shape concerning the films. It’s not the dominant geek/media industrial complex’s narrative yet but I’ve noticed it becoming more common. That narrative is the prequels were ambitious, had good or at least interesting ideas, and creative but (and there’s always a “but”) they weren’t executed all of that well.
I think this narrative is arising due primarily to two factors:
1. The effect of Mike Klimo’s Ring Theory. Since it was posted in late 2014, numerous people have come to recognize the many cogs and wheels that make the saga work together.
2. TFA’s effect on perceptions of the prequels. Those who spent years disliking the prequels but still found fault with TFA needed a new take on their arguments. The old arguments that the prequels were entirely created on computer have been debunked to all but the willfully ignorant; in fact Slashfilm revealed in an interview the other day that there was no model work at all in TFA and it had far more CG shots than TPM.
Now after all of this time I suppose you might find it encouraging there is starting to be concession that the prequels have some value. However I don’t think it’s good enough. They are still holding on to the idea that the movies are “bad” or at least greatly inferior to the OT. It’s still repeated over and over in the media that the prequels are terrible and universally-hated. We still have a long way to go to reach the point where the prequels and we as fans get the respect long due.
It is certainly a positive development to see stuff like the Ring Theory out there and others delving into the meaning of the prequels, what they did to deepen the mythology, and what they can teach us. They’ve been helpful to those open enough to read or listen to those analyses. The problem is that analysis of the story is one thing, but the quality of how that story is expressed is another and it’s that aspect of the prequels that gets attacked the most. What’s really needed to help the prequels is to put forth the idea that they are exceptionally well-crafted, well-executed films.
One person who has done this is Camille Paglia in her book “Glittering Images.” But there needs to be more people out there with the courage to say these are deserving works of art and can express why. I have been doing that series “Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy” for this very reason: I write about why I think the acting, the score, the cinematography, etc. work in a particular scene. There’s also the prequel frames Tumblr. Such takes on the films need to be full-throated and without apology but also without a defensive tone.
Of course not everyone is going to be convinced but we can start to turn the bandwagon around.
A South African site posted sometime last year some fun facts about AOTC. One of them is super obvious (are there real Kaminoans they could’ve cast?) but the others I hadn’t heard before or have slipped into the memory hole.
Hey SWPAS nation,
I’m trying to figure out the demographics of the people who read this site, so I came up with this completely unscientific poll you can take here. It’s just asking ages. It’s one question and it’s anonymous. I’ve already posted the link on the SWPAS Facebook page and I will repost on Tumblr.
Please bear in mind this is debuting first during prime time in the EST/CST zones in the U.S., so spoilers in the comments may roll in before those of you who live elsewhere get to see it. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t complain commenters are spoiling it for you.
Also, the mighty Thor ban hammer will be used to those who violate the Rules of the House.
Mr. Hand forwarded links to some terrific stained-glass style art by breath-art of Eps I-VI:
You can check out the rest here.
Since this might constitute a spoiler, I’m putting the details under the cut…
Non-spoiler update 8/7: NBC will air a new Rogue One trailer on Thursday during its Olympic coverage. NBC must be so jazzed for ratings it’ll happily run a trailer from its rival’s parent company!
Ahsoka-rama, new Rogue One trailer, and other shenanigans drop all weekend at SWCE! Are you at the con? Are you watching stream video when you really should be working? Are you following along on social media? Do you even care? Chat about it here (but read the Rules of the House).
Update 7/15: It was all about Ahsoka and Rogue One today. For some reason Lucasfilm showed a short new trailer only to the audience at SWCE that apparently has Vader in it; there’s no SDCC panel and there’s no D23 this year (tickets just went on sale for 2017). So I have no idea what they are saving it for. But a sizzle reel was shown to the audience and online and folks claim to have spotted Bail Organa in the background. As for Ahsoka, there’s lots of news about her! Aside from the exclusive Funko Pop figure for Hot Topic coming this fall (her “Rebels” incarnation), the cover art for the upcoming YA novel was revealed as well as some digital cards for the Topps Star Wars Trading Card app. The Ahsoka Untold Tales panel is posted in its entirety here. Some of it is stuff I’d heard before from last year’s Clone Wars panel at Celebration Anaheim but a lot is new, including lots of new sketch art and Dave Filoni’s plans for her fate on the show. Watch and pull your hair out that such a cool ending never got to be used! And could we see her return on “Rebels?”
Meanwhile TPM concept artist Doug Chiang and visual effects supervisor John Knoll along with Kevin Jenkins appeared at the ILM Archaeology Panel that live streamed (I didn’t watch, I actually had to work, heh heh). Apparently Chiang spent a lot of time talking about how many miniatures were used in TPM😉. And Chiang managed to bump into fellow TPM alum Ray Park:
And here’s Dave Filoni and Sam Witwer (Maul’s other alter ego) with a cosplayer:
Update 7/16: It was mostly about Thrawn today but not much news prequels-wise. Maul will be back on “Rebels” and there’s going to be a TPM read-along book for kids coming out in January.
Update 7/17: Aaand, show’s over.
Jake passed along this tidbit of interest to collectors and players of toys who would like to see more prequel stuff. Hasbro has started its second annual fan choice vote for its 6-inch figure line. The way it works is you e-mail in your vote to firstname.lastname@example.org and starwars.com will run the final tally, with the winner revealed at SDCC in a couple of weeks. So you better hurry!