Star Wars Film Posters Without Words

You’ve got to admire the work Reddit user joinyouinthesun has done in taking the classic Star Wars movie posters and Prequels and then removed all the text from all of them, he’s even posted the high resolution versions of them online via his imgur account.

There is some stunningly crazy imagery in these film posters which sadly highlights the downfall of creativity on film poster output from the current studios, I just hope this level of artistry once again returns.

…He’s even done the prequels

Some of my other favourites have even had the text and branding removed, which could provide numerous Photoshop opportunities for those who are interested in messing around with adding some new text…which could be quite fun.

He didn’t stop with these, check out the rest of the 80 Classic Movie posters Redit user joinyouinthesun has removed all the text from in the gallery below.

Star Wars 360

Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this brilliant and immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook

Facebook just rolled out 360-degree videos for your newsfeed, and the trailblazing clip is a stunner. The Facebook page for Star Wars just posted exclusive 360 footage of a speeder cruising across the Jakku desert—right by that downed Star Destroyer from the Battle of Jakku.

You can watch this Star Wars vid, and other videos like it, in a couple of ways. At a desktop, you can just drag around with a mouse. On your mobile and tablets you can point and twist it in different directions to change the angle of the video, making it feel totally immersive. The most exciting part is presumably once Facebook-owned Oculus puts out Oculus Rift, we’ll be able to use that technology in the work place for architectural and graphics presentations.

Although this 360 video is new to Facebook, it’s not to the world. YouTube has been doing 360 video for a while now, and even worked with GoPro to make a rig for shooting it. That said, this Star Wars clip is a real trailblazer.

Force Awakens Icons

You can’t beat a lovely bit of simplicity with art, and Portuguese artist Filipe de Carvalho who previously did some flat icons of Star Wars characters, and in anticipation of The Force Awakens has updated his collection to include characters that will be seen in the new movie.

The series, aptly titled ‘Star Wars: The Flat Awakens’, and features characters like Kylo Ren, Maz Kanata, Snowtrooper, and the ever popular BB-8 droid.

They are all illustrated in Carvalho’s lovely flat icon style, using simple shapes and vibrant colors to depict the characters which are juxtaposed against a brightly colored background, resulting in bold, beautiful icons.

All the artwork is copyright Filipe de Carvalho and is a available to buy here.

The Art of The Force Awakens

We’ve just got our stunning first look at the cover of the new book, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens— featuring the mysterious Kylo from the Knights of Ren in a digital painting by legendary Star Wars concept artist Doug Chiang.

I have such a fond love for the The Art of Star Wars books, ever since I got my ‘first edition’ of Star Wars by Carol Titelman back in 1979 with the stunning Pen & Ink drawings by Joe Johnston and Peter Ellenshaw’s exquisite matte painting (see below), this love continued with the Art of Empire and Jedi. I even own two from the prequels, which are packed with breathtaking digital visuals created by a team of world-class artist such as Doug Chiang‘s and the brilliant Erik Tiemens.

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, looks like it will continue with this wonderful  tradition, it’s written by Phil Szostak, and will give us a rich portal into the gathering of artists and production designers who have brought J. J. Abrams’ vision to life, while the unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled. We are told the book will be bursting with hundreds of beautiful works of art that include production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and the rich tradition of matte paintings…Bliss

…I can’t wait to get my hands on this 256-page tome!