The Force Awakens Motion Posters

We are now in single figure days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands, and Disney and Lucasfilm have released a set new motion poster entitled ‘Destiny Awakens’, which features John Boyega’s Finn and ‘Darkness Awakens’ with Adam Driver’s Kylon Ren; check them out below as Gifs, plus the HD YouTube links.

Star Wars The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren Motion Poster
Star Wars The Force Awakens – Kylo Ren Motion Poster Darkness Awakens
Star Wars The Force Awakens - Finn Motion Poster
Star Wars The Force Awakens – Finn Motion Poster Destiny Awakens

HD YouTube Versions

The Star Wars Art of Shane Molina

Shane Molina is a Vancouver based Concept Artist and Illustrator at Thinkingbox, in his spare time Shane re-creates the Star Wars Ships and Vehicle in a wonderful sketchy style using digital mediums, traditional, and airbrushing. His work evokes such a happy ‘Star Wars’ childhood memory of a gifted friend who would do some gorgeous concept style pen/pencil drawings of the films we had both seen, he recently started sketching again around the streets of Shoreditch in London, you can check out Phil’s work here 

The Imperials

As for Shane, who was born in Hilo, Hawaii, he was already surrounded by inspirational magic and beauty with the surrounding landscape, so it was no surprise Shane’s artistic talent took off at a young age like us. In his high school years Shane’s talent started to grow and improve as he learned to add in keen detail and a strong passion in his artwork. He began to capture the eyes of the people around him, and had drawn them closer to his talent by creating “eye-catching” pieces of artwork. In the year of 1998, Shane Molina wanted to create a small ART business, where he could share his art with the world. But like us and the busy lives we lead today, it is easy to get caught up in life and the fast lane of living, but is nice to see how art can calm the most busy minds. See below how Shane has does that.

The Rebels

Shane also has a great mantra in life
“Love your life, Do what you want”

The Force Awakens Portraits

As a passionate photographer and Star Wars fan, it great to see that legendary photographer to the stars, Marco Grob was recently asked by TIME magazine to do a portrait shoot with the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it sounds like this Emmy Award winning  photographer is also a Uber fan.

“For me, Star Wars is much more than only a film,” Grob says. “Star Wars is hundreds of people who try to push the envelope. People who take enormous risks in creative and in technical aspects. They try to do things we’ve never seen before in a way nobody would have imagined to ever see before. And for me, it’s incredible.”

Grob went into the 2 weeks of shooting across 4 cities in 3 countries without any special knowledge of the new movie’s storyline.

“Sometimes it’s good not to know too much,” Grob told TIME Magazine. “I wanted to have a feel on its own, to kind of do my own thing [instead of] being influenced by anything I would have seen.”

But when it came to Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, the situation was, of course, different. “I grew up with them,” he says. The same goes for R2-D2. “You get almost star-struck when you meet R2-D2. It’s incredible when you see it getting unwrapped. It was certainly one for the books. Something I’ll never forget.”

It sounds like he made a special connection with BB8…“The moment you meet BB-8, you build up some form of weird human connection, It has one eye that has this really cute way of looking at you. It’s just incredible.”

THE BIOGRAPHY OF MARCO GROB

Born in Olten, Switzerland, Marco Grob began his career as a photographer’s assistant in Los Angeles. Upon his return to Switzerland, Marco opened his first studio and worked for twenty years as a still life photographer.

In 2003, Marco decided to change his career path and focus on portrait and people photography. After his move to New York City, he worked with actors Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Robert Downey Jr., Carey Mulligan, Uma Thurman and Julianne Moore – musicians such as Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga, Sting, Robert Plant, Justin Bieber, Pink, Seal, Lionel Ritchie and numerous political figures including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney along with many other heads of state.

His commercial clients in the film industry include Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, MARVEL, NBC Universal, HBO, and A&E. He was assigned to work on movie posters like the 2012 Marvel / Disney Production “The Avengers” and Disney’s “TRON: Legacy.” His work in advertising includes clients like Rolex, Tag Heuer, BBC, ARD (First German Television) and Louis Vuitton.

Marco’s work appears regularly in magazines like TIME, GQ, Vogue, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Wired and New York Magazine. In 2011, he was commissioned by TIME to create a series of portraits centered around the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Titled, “BEYOND 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” this multiple award winning body of work is now part of both the Smithsonian Museum’s and the National 9/11 Memorial’s permanent collections.

His work has won numerous awards over time including an EMMY AWARD for “BEYOND 9/11”, an International ADC Gold, Swiss ADC , South African Loerie Awards, Cannes Awards, New York Festival Awards, POYi (Picture of the year), Kunstpreis des Kantons Solothurn 2011 and the prestigious Hasselblad Master 2007.

Since 2010, Marco has been working passionately and with great dedication for United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in order to report and educate about the global tragedy caused by 100 million landmines which inflict terror and pain around the world.

Marco lives in New York, but follows his work around the world.

The Force Awakens Armoury

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

Whatever their fictional origins, the weaponry props of Star Wars were inspired by objects from our world, like the lightsabre “an elegant weapon from a more civilized age”  in fact Luke Lightsabre was actually a Graflex 3-cell flashgun. The Graflex flashgun held the flash bulbs for a vintage “Speed Graphic” camera from the 1940’s. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber was the most complex hilt at the time. It was assembled from parts of an Armitage Shanks Starlite model Handwheel, Browning ANM2 machine gun booster, WWI No.3 Mk.1 British Rifle Grenade and a Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.8/Mk.9 Jet Engine Balance Pipe. But less of those Hokey religions and ancient weapons, as they are no match for Han Solo’s blaster which is based on the German Mauser pistol. As for those tough-to-aim stormtrooper rifles, they are modeled on the Sterling submachine gun.

Star Wars is all about the fight between the good side and the dark side, and for that you need tools of that war—whether it be a battered X-wing pilot’s helmet or a Wookiee’s bowcaster, check out this amazing gallery of weaponry and armoury for the First Order, Resistance and Maz Kanata’s pirate army.

All Images are © LUCASFILM 2015 _ Source | Wired.com

The First Order Armoury

The armoury of Captain Phasma who will survive The Force Awakens according to recent interview with Kathleen Kennedy, which is awesome news because rumor has it she doesn’t have a huge role this time around, and yet she’s already one of the most popular characters. The Boba Fett of our generation, or as Kennedy said “She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”

Kylo Ren, a member of the Knights of Ren, his lightsaber is a dangerous and rugged design unlike that of a typical saber with it’s crossguard that extends with two miniature blades.

The Resistance Armoury

Luke’s lightsabre, which some say is the catalyst of the The Force Awakens, or as George Lucas would say ‘The MacGuffin

The Outer Rim Gang Kanjiklub’s Armoury

The castle located on the planet Takodana which is owned by the Maz Kanata, a female pirate who is supposed to have lived for over one thousand years and her eyes are covered with goggles, which is rumored to hold special power. The castle has a main hall which is hosted by travelers, smugglers, among others pirates, which we believe these weapons belong to from the Battle of Takodana.

Where’s Luke?

Sorry for the in-joke title reference to Luke Skywalker’s absences in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens current marketing campaign, as it was just a ‘Where’s Wally’ reference, as Luke is clearly visible in all the these new posters by Jeff Carlisle 🙂

You may remember I featured his work a few years ago, ‘Where’s Waldo Star Wars Style’ it was a print he debuted at Star Wars Celebration VI, and was a culmination of his long-held desire: To do a large crowd scene set in the Star Wars universe that would act as a tribute to the work of concept designer Ralph McQuarrie and the French comic book artist Moebius The print, known as “A Fan’s Hope: Namm’s Huttese Theater, Tatooine,” was such a big hit, it has recently being voted one of the 25 all-time greatest Star Wars posters by ComingSoon.Net.

With the anticipation currently building at fever pitch for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the beginning of an all-new phase in the Star Wars franchise, Jeff got a call from Lucasfilm art director Troy Alders a year ago to see if he would be interested in creating new images for a secret project called the Star Wars: The Epic Battles, just like the Celebration Poster with hundreds of characters, ships, details, and cheeky in-jokes to launch at the same time as the new films release.

Each of the four images he did took about two months to do, with many different versions of each image in between as he had many telephone conference calls deciding what should go in and should stay out the final images.

Some points of interest on the Death Star that Jeff Carlisle highlighted on StarWars.com

  1. There is a character washing an exterior window. There is a window washer character in all four pictures.
  2. On the surface of the Death Star, near the Y-wings and near the A-wing you can see LEGO pieces on the surface.
  3. You can see both halves of Darth Maul falling down the shaft where the tractor beam control is.
  4. Emperor Palpatine has a wampa rug.
  5. On the viewscreen in the Emperor’s throne room you can see the Star Wars Rebels cast — who seem to be watching Luke and Vader’s duel.
  6. Near the hanger where you can see the Falcon, there is a stormtrooper with a red balloon. Beneath that stormtrooper, you can see Darth Vader and Obi-Wan dueling — and there is a stormtrooper watching them while eating popcorn. Near them are a group of stormtroopers taking a selfie.
  7. A couple of levels below that you can see another stormtrooper with balloons — but this time walking a dog.
  8. In the very bottom right corner, you can see stormtroopers who have been shopping.
  9. At the very bottom, you can see detention block doors and two Imperial soldiers guarding Wicket the Ewok.
  10. Near the lower middle of the picture — below where the Death Star cafeteria is, you can see a Houseplant and two stormtroopers in front of a poster showing a First Order stormtroopers that says “Coming Soon” in Aurabesh.
  11. Below that, near the bottom center, you can see Han Solo being chased by a mouse droid — which is being chased by a house cat.
  12. Next to that, on a lower level you can see a fish tank that is filled with smaller versions of the Naboo fish and undersea creatures from Episode I.
  13. Dexter and his waitress droid are serving food in the Death Star cafeteria.
  14. Above the cafeteria, near Dexter, is a conduit in the shape of a “Hidden Mickey” — a collection of three circles that forms a very basic Mickey Mouse head. Artists throughout the years have put Hidden Mickeys in many Disney illustrations, movies, AND the Theme Parks. Since Disney bought Lucasfilm, I have put Hidden Mickeys in many of my illustrations.
  15. In the cafeteria, the food being served is actual meals that have been served at the Lucasfilm cafeteria. As well as Star Wars cereal such as C-3POs.
  16. The glasses are from Dexter’s Diner. There is an Imperial Officer choking on some food that went down the wrong way. Near him is “Doctor Ball,” the medical/torture droid.
  17. At the bottom left is the trash compactor. The dianoga is reading a Star Wars novel. The stormtrooper is trying to “clean the pool” of some of the junk that’s found it’s way down there.

One other Star Wars related poster I found of Jeff’s is this Star Wars Rebels poster he did this years Star Wars Celebration at Anaheim