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Ves Awards: ‘The Lion King’ and ‘The Irishman’ Win Top VFX Prizes

Ves Awards: ‘The Lion King’ and ‘The Irishman’ Win Top VFX Prizes
Disney’s “The Lion King” was the big VFX winner Wednesday at the 18th annual Ves Awards at the Beverly Hilton, grabbing three prizes. Meanwhile. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” won for supporting VFX and feature compositing.

This now gives the edge to “The Lion King” (supervised by three-time Oscar winner Rob Legato) in the VFX Oscar race. Jon Favreau’s breakthrough virtual production and faux live-action aesthetic was due to Mpc Film’s accomplished photoreal animation. Of course, “The Irishman” has been given a boost, too. And we shouldn’t count out “Avengers: Endgame,” seeking to become the first Marvel movie to win the VFX Oscar, even though it came away empty-handed for its extraordinary end battle and outstanding character work on Thanos and Smart Hulk.

Laika’s stop-motion “Missing Link,” the Golden Globe animation winner, took two awards (VFX for animated feature and the Susan Sasquatch animated character
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‘The Lion King’ Is King at the Visual Effects Society Awards

  • The Wrap
‘The Lion King’ Is King at the Visual Effects Society Awards
The Lion King,” the Disney “live-action” remake that is made up almost entirely of computer-generated characters and backgrounds, has won three awards at the Visual Effects Society’s 18th annual Ves Awards, which were handed out Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The film won for its virtual cinematography and created environment, and also took the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the Ves category that corresponds most closely to the Academy Awards’ Best Visual Effects category.

The Irishman,” with its extensive use of de-aging technology, won two awards, including Outstanding Supporting Effects in a Photoreal Feature. “Missing Link” was the top animated feature with two awards.

Also Read: 'The Lion King' Crosses $500 Million Domestic, Will Soon Pass 'Beauty and the Beast'

In the television categories, “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones” each received a pair of awards. So did “The Mandalorian” — including one for “The Child,
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Visual Effect Society’s 18th Ves Awards – Winners List (Updating Live)

  • Deadline
Visual Effect Society’s 18th Ves Awards – Winners List (Updating Live)
The Visual Effects Society is handing out its 18th annual Ves Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Deadline is updating the winners list live as they are announced. Check out the list below.

Patton Oswalt is hosting the ceremony, which recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created them. Check out the latest winners and the nominees in all remaining categories below.

Since the Ves Awards launched in 2002, the winner of its top film category — Best Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture — has gone on to score the Best Visual Effects Oscar in 10 of the 17 years. (Hugo won the Ves in the Feature Motion Picture category in 2011 and later won the Oscar.) But Ves and the Film Academy have differed in each of the past two years, with War for the Planet of the Apes losing the
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Leaked Star Wars 9 Art Shows Kylo Ren Vs. Darth Vader Fight from Trevorrow's Script?

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Leaked Star Wars 9 Art Shows Kylo Ren Vs. Darth Vader Fight from Trevorrow's Script?
Newly leaked Star Wars 9 concept art finds Kylo Ren fighting Darth Vader. Last week, some artwork that was supposedly from Colin Trevorrow's first version of the movie found its way online. However, it was proven to be concept art for The Rise of Skywalker, which just happened to be very similar to what Trevorrow had in mind. The director confirmed the news on social media. But now, a ton of concept art reportedly from Trevorrow's Star Wars 9 has leaked.

With the recent leak of Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars 9 script, aka The Duel of Fates, fans are treated to what it would have looked like on the big screen to see Kylo Ren fight Darth Vader. The scene in question was meant to be a hallucination, but it still would have looked pretty great on the big screen as shown in the new artwork. Elsewhere, we see Force Ghost Luke
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Lucasfilm Made a Video Explaining Every Different Kind of Stormtrooper

If you're breathless with anticipation over the impending release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, maybe you should think about investing in a Tie fighter pilot helmet with twin breathing hoses attached to the front. It's a necessary piece of equipment for flying through space as well as enduring the next 24 hours of hype, and I learned about it after watching a delightfully informative new video from Lucasfilm explaining the design and equipment of every Stormtrooper in Star Wars history. The 22-minute video, produced for Wired magazine, features Lucasfilm VP/Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang
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Star Wars: The Mandalorian Trailer Breakdown and Analysis

John Saavedra Aug 25, 2019

The Mandalorian trailer is here and we found tons of story hints and Star Wars easter eggs!

The Mandalorian, the new live-action Star Wars series, finally released its first trailer at D23 2019, and it's an exciting new look at what fans should expect from this grimier corner of the galaxy far, far away. This isn't the first time Lucasfilm has dropped footage from the show, having released a first look at Swcc, which I watched and documented back in April. 

So what's new in the D23 trailer? I've gone through the footage and picked it apart for all of its story hints and Star Wars references. I caught a whole bunch of interesting things but might have missed some, so let me know what you found in the comments below.

Haven't watched the trailer yet? Give it a look before we get started:

Video of The Mandalorian | Official Trailer | Disney+ | Streaming Nov.
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Death Star Rises from the Sands of Jakku in Crazy Unused Force Awakens Concept Art

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Death Star Rises from the Sands of Jakku in Crazy Unused Force Awakens Concept Art
Artist Doug Chiang has shared a piece of previously unseen concept art from The Force Awakens. The art in question features the iconic Death Star 2 rising from the sands of the Jakku desert. Chiang currently serves as the vice president and executive creative director of Lucasfilm and he posted the Star Wars concept art on social media. The Death Star has been teased many times in the latest trilogy and it looks like The Rise of Skywalker is already delivering the goods, or at least the wreckage.

Doug Chiang's artwork picturing the Death Star rising out of Jakku is pretty amazing and hardcore Star Wars fans will more than likely love the imagery. However, the scene in question never made it to J.J. Abrams' final cut of the story, though it would have been awesome to see. With that being said, Chiang's artwork shows what could have been in a very detailed way.
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Here's Our First Look at The Sith Trooper From Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Which is Coming To Comic-Con

Star Wars may not have a big presence at Comic-Con this year, but there is going to be a little set up from Lucasfilm that fans will be able to check out. They will be celebrating the history of the stormtrooper design and where the design is going in the future.

The announcement of this exhibit includes our first look at the next evolution in Imperial/First Order soldiers… the Sith Trooper, which is a crazy cool red armor design. Madlyn Burkert, Lucasfilm archivist, who is co-producing the exhibit, had this to say in a statement:

“It has some really unique aesthetics to it. And it has some subtle ties to previous stormtrooper designs, which I think fans will enjoy discovering.”

You can see what this Sith Trooper looks like thanks to some of the action figures that were revealed with the post. Fans will get to see the actual armor at Comic-Con.
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How Disney, Lucasfilm Built a Piece of the ‘Star Wars’ Universe With Galaxy’s Edge

  • Variety
After more than six years of work, creative teams from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm are getting ready to unveil the planet they’ve been building.

Batuu, a remote trading outpost that will include a full-size Millennium Falcon, is the setting for Disney theme park attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a 14-acre world that opens on May 31 in Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and on Aug. 29 in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Bay Lake, Fla.

Disney’s Imagineers used elements from past “Star Wars” films and collaborated with writing teams from upcoming movies, Disney Plus streaming series “The Mandalorian” and the dozens of “Star Wars” books to create an elaborately interwoven world that can evolve with the franchise.

“The beauty of this place is you’re

not here in a specific moment or time frame,” says Chris Beatty, executive creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering, who points out that
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Here's How Death Star II Could Play a Major Part in Star Wars: Episode IX

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Here's How Death Star II Could Play a Major Part in Star Wars: Episode IX
Weapons are major throughout Star Wars, but one of the most lethal and iconic by far has to be the Death Star II. It's even bigger and better than the original Death Star, which is already moon-sized and has the ability to destroy a planet with a single blast. The battle station exploded into smithereens during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi - or so we think. Well, surprise - the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker suggests otherwise!

As the franchise inches toward a hiatus, it's probably going to roll out all of the stops in Episode IX, and Palpatine surely won't be the only throwback reference in this upcoming installation. At the end of the first promo for the new movie, Rey and her friends stare at a wreck floating in the sea. The most popular speculation by far in the Star Wars community is
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Jon Favreau Reveals That The Mandalorian Was Shot Using Practical Effects and Model Ships

This past weekend Jon Favreau showed up at Star Wars Celebration to talk about his upcoming live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Favreau is writer, producer, and showrunner of the series, and while talking about it he revealed that the series was shot using practical effects and miniature models of the ships in the series including the bounty hunter ship known as the Razorcrest.

Favreau was obviously looking to embrace the old-school filmmaking techniques that George Lucas used when creating the original Star Wars. So, he teamed up with Industrial Light & Magic to pay homage to the original Star Wars movies by shooting The Mandalorian the same way, which I love! They even used a motion-control rig to shoot it.

Favreau and director Dave Filoni hired Ilm’s Doug Chiang to design this Razorcrest ship, which is described as looking like a “reflective silver old army surplus gunship.” They went
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Galaxy's Edge Panel Explores Disneyland's Biggest Attraction at Star Wars Celebration

Disney's team of Imagineers just unveiled a bunch of new stuff about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, their upcoming theme park expansion heading to both Disneyland and Disney World later this year. Star Wars Celebration is in full swing down in Chicago and one of the biggest panels taking place this weekend was for this attraction. What's it going to be like to actually visit a galaxy far, far away in real life? We now have a much better idea and it's going to be even more amazing than any of us could have possibly imagined.

Josh Gad, a renowned Star Wars fan, in part thanks to his videos harassing Daisy Ridley for The Last Jedi spoilers, was brought out at as the panel's special host. A video played ahead of time featuring the Frozen actor trying to sneak his way into Galaxy's Edge, which was quite amusing. But most
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How to Watch the Star Wars Celebration Panels Live

  • Variety
The Star Wars Celebration is taking place in Chicago this weekend, but fans don’t have to be in the Windy City to get all the news as it happens.

StarWars.com and the “Star Wars” YouTube channel will live-stream the panels at the event, which kicks off with a discussion of “Star Wars: Episode IX” with director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and surprise guests. While nothing’s confirmed, it’s expected that the “Episode IX” first trailer and official title will both be revealed on Friday morning.

The celebration will feature sneak peeks, interviews, Q&As, and competitions.

Also on the schedule of panels are the upcoming TV show “The Mandalorian” coming to the new streaming service Disney+, the next season of “The Clone Wars,” and the upcoming video game “Jedi: Fallen Order.” News about the Disney parks “Star Wars” attractions is also expected to be announced.
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Star Wars Celebration mural celebrates The Original Trilogy

With Star Wars Celebration set to take place in a fortnight’s time, Lucasfilm has announced that it is celebrating the Saga with a 10-feet-tall, 88-feet long mural from Jason Palmer, an artist mentored by the legendary Drew Struzan, and thanks to the official Star Wars site we’ve got an early look at the Original Trilogy section of the artwork covering A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

“The original idea came from [Lucasfilm President] Kathy Kennedy,” states Lucasfilm Vice President and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang, who served as Art Director on the ambitious project. “She asked if we could create a piece of art that would encapsulate the entire Star Wars saga, visually representing the complete stories of Star Wars through art. In thinking about how to fulfill Kathy’s wish, the idea of creating a giant mural timeline was born.”

The complete mural
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Luke’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi Arc Was Planned Years Before The Force Awakens Came Out

It’s pretty clear by now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi were the products of two different visions, with Rian Johnson’s sequel taking the saga on a divisive path after J.J. Abrams’ trilogy-starter played things relatively safe. Nonetheless, the internet has a habit of going a little overboard in its narratives, and while Johnson gets a lot of flak for his surprising depiction of later-years Luke, a new Twitter thread makes the case that the filmmaker’s plan for the character wasn’t that drastic a diversion from what Abrams had in mind.

Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak opened his thread with some old concept art, dated 2013, which shows off a bearded Luke Skywalker that’s not too far removed from Mark Hamill’s appearance from The Force Awakens. Accompanying this photo is a quote from design supervisor Christian Alzmann:
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Concept Art Shows A New Home For Rey

Before Rian Johnson went rogue with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, J.J. Abrams was arguably too beholden to tradition with the nostalgia-heavy Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but one callback that served as a pretty nice touch was the assortment of Imperial remnants strewn across across the sands of Jakku. Then-newcomer Rey was even seen living in the shell of a fallen At-at, though going by some recently shared concept art, this makeshift home could’ve been situated in a slightly more hazardous place.

Lucasfilm artist Doug Chiang took to Instagram with an illustration of an Imperial Walker hanging precariously within a Star Destroyer, with Daisy Ridley’s character in a pretty perilous position herself on the side of the vehicle. Chiang’s upload came with the following description:

“An unused concept for the opening of EP7. I thought it would be cool to see Rey climbing on a rusted
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There's an Intriguing Hidden Secret To Darth Vader's Castle That Has Been Revealed

We learned in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that Darth Vader resided in castle/fortress located on the the volcanic planet of Mustafar. I thought that was a pretty cool reveal. It’s awesome learning new things about Darth Vader and today we’ve got a fascinating bit of new info regarding a hidden secret about this castle.

We already knew that this was a place for Vader to meditate and it was previously revealed by concept artist Pablo Hidalgo that Vader’s fortress is the “Emperor’s design that Vader live in such an unforgiving environment.” It was also explained that Vader’s “stark, modern structure is built over an ancient castle full of dark secrets.”

It was then revealed by Star Wars production designer, Doug Chiang that, “One of things we landed on early was this idea of a tuning fork — a twin tower kind of look.
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Jon Favreau begins assembling his Star Wars TV show crew

Back in March it was announced that Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is developing a live-action Star Wars TV project for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which has subsequently been revealed as taking place seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

Although Favreau is currently tied up with another Disney project, The Lion King, ThatHashtagShow is reporting that the actor and filmmaker is now assembling his crew for the series, and has enlisted Star Wars veteran Doug Chiang as production designer and Andrew L. Jones (The Jungle Book) as art director.

Chiang certainly has plenty of experience in the galaxy far, far away, having worked on concept design for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and The Force Awakens, as well as serving as production designer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

As yet, there’s no word on when we
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Marvel’s Darth Vader Comic To Reveal The Origins Of His Mustafar Fortress

Though Darth Vader has taken something of a backseat in the modern run of Star Wars movies, at least Marvel’s comics have been on hand to expand the beloved anti-villain’s story beyond what we’ve seen on the big screen. In fact, they’ve been amongst the best comics the company has produced in a long while.

This will probably continue to be the case for the foreseeable future, too, as the next arc in the series promises more excitement for fans keen to fill in the blanks of Vader’s saga. Taking to Twitter this week, writer Charles Soule has revealed what the upcoming arc in his Darth Vader series will be about, telling us it’s called Fortress Vader and will explore how the villain got his gothic castle found on the volcanic planet of Mustafar.

The fortress first appeared in the Star Wars universe in 2016’s Rogue One,
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How George Lucas influenced Star Wars: The Last Jedi

John Saavedra Jan 9, 2018

George Lucas was more involved in the shaping of the new Star Wars trilogy than you might think...

This Star Wars article contains spoilers.

While it's poised to make $1.2 billion worldwide, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has enjoyed a more mixed reaction with some fans, especially those who feel that Rian Johnson's installment goes against what's come before. Loose ends left over from The Force Awakens were seemingly tied up, new characters and planets were introduced, and the war between the Resistance and the First Order raged on with two action-packed battle sequences, yet there were one or two sore points that displeased a vast number of viewers, particularly the portrayal of Luke Skywalker and Rey's unexplained powers.

Johnson, who wrote and directed The Last Jedi, has been the subject of much ire in the past few weeks. Petitions have been created and signed by thousands
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