May 19, 2013

Michael Kaplan is all stitched up to costume design for Star Stars

Michael Kaplan, Star Wars Costume Designer
Kaplan’s most recent film to feature his costume designs Star Trek Into Darkness is doing quite well at the box office. I imagine the next film he works on will blow that box office out of the water however as his work is going to be in a little film currently known as Star Wars Episodode VII.

The popular designer whose credits include Blade Runner, I am Legend and Fight Club, Se7en and Miami Vice revealed to the world:

"I’ve just learned I’ll be working on the new Star Wars movie, again with J.J. Everything just got formalized [last week], I haven’t even had the chance to talk to anyone about it all other than to be told ‘welcome aboard.’

Buzzfeed asked Kaplan: Is sci-fi your favorite film genre to work with?

Kaplan's Tyler Durden
“I wouldn’t say I have a favorite film genre to work on… but I would say I don’t think sci-fi would be my favorite. Does that sound strange? I think what I really like working with is simply a great script.

And that’s what is so great about Star Trek, for example — I was even more impressed when I saw the script for Into Darkness: there’s detail and there’s wit and it’s smart. Full of things that are not often the case in big tentpole movies."

If film director David Fincher approves of this guy (and think about who cool Tyler Durdern looked in Se7en) then I approve of JJ Abram's choice to give him this job! 

As an aside, HOW cool would it be if David Fincher did a Star Wars film? He would be a great candidate to direct one of the self contained films - he could make it nice and dark. 

May 5, 2013

Return of the Jedi is 30 years old, Hamill reminisces and talks new trilogy

mark hamill looking old

IGN reports how Mark Hamill attended a screening of Return of the Jedi to celebrate it being 30 years since it's release (Whoah, I'm suddenly old)

'Hamill recalled that while making Return of the Jedi, he was absolutely sure it was the end of the series, “because we had a beginning, middle and an end.” But during that period, George Lucas did talk to him about his bigger ideas for a series of trilogies – initially four different trilogies, and then three. Still, said Hamill, “I don’t even think I believed that the third trilogy would feature us. I thought it would be all different characters. To my knowledge, we were just going to do a beginning, a middle and an end [in the original trilogy] and it was over."'

Hamill also talked a little about Episode VII:

"While talking about how much he loved filming the Dagobah sequences for The Empire Strikes Back, which were shot on a soundstage with a lot of practical effects, Hamill then made his most specific mention of his involvement in Episode VII, revealing, “I’ve only had one creative meeting about the new films, but I do remember saying, ‘We’ve got to find a proper balance between CGI and old school [FX].”

The Jedi then explained more about what this could mean:

“That’s what the challenge is, is to try and meet expectations of what you guys want. I think there’s nothing wrong with CGI, but I think you have to have a balance, because the camera perceives the width and the depth and the weight – even if it’s a miniature model, the camera just realizes that. So when you have too much CGI and the clouds are CGI and the trees are CGI and the buildings are CGI, you’re getting to a point where the figure in the shot is like a hybrid of an animated film and live-action. And I want it to have an organic look so that we don’t get into Roger Rabbit territory."