Punch it! Chewie!! …The Oscar nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards have been announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Amongst the nominees was Solo: A Star Wars Story by Ron Howard. It has been nominated for a Visual Effects Oscar, done as always, by the folks at Industrial Light & Magic, the revolutionary visual effects company founded by the visionary George Lucas to help bring the original “Star Wars” galaxy to life. ILM have recently started sharing some awesome ‘behind-the-magic’ video’s on how they created the work for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
These ‘Behind the Magic’ clips demonstrates how the ILM artists layered together live-action and computer-generated elements to create over 1,800 separate visual effects shots Ron Howard needed for the film.
Rob Bredow, Head of Industrial Light & Magic, was the Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Producer on Solo: A Star Wars Story. He helped tell the story of the film, creating these grounded visuals with such a unique shooting style with the help of the 627 credited artists who worked on the project with him.
So what are the odds of Solo: Star Wars Story winning? …As Han would say, ‘Never tell me the odds’ but seriously the odds for them winning the Best Visual Effects is actually not bad. With that said, they are up against a real heavyweight and Odds-On favourite, Avengers: Infinity War which has some pretty outstanding effects, so would you bet the Falcon in a game of Sabacc in Solo winning?
Industrial Light & Magic takes readers behind the scenes for a rare look, in pictures and interviews, at the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story, here’s a first look at the inner pages.
This is my favourite, would have loved to see Han ride this creature.
Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is an eyewitness account of the film’s production from visual effects supervisor and coproducer Rob Bredow. The book gives readers an intimate glimpse into the journey that Solo took from pre-production, production, and post-production, fully documenting how this film came to the big screen.
Making Solo gives a chronological overview of how this multiple-Academy-Award-winning visual effects company created new worlds, aliens, droids, and vehicles for a galaxy far, far away, including insights into how the train heist on Vandor, L3-37, the Kessel Run, and the reimagined Millennium Falcon were brought to life. A must-have for Star Wars fans, this authorized, all-access book will be an indispensable work for all movie fans and devotees of popular culture.
StarWars.com have teamed up with artist Phil Noto, penciller of Marvel’s critically-acclaimed Poe Dameron series and cover artist of the Solo: A Star Wars Story comic book adaptation, to smuggle you a free, custom Solo insert cover and slipcover for the Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray editions of the film. Check out the stunning cover image below.
Concept artist Jake Lunt Davies takes us back to the early days of reimagining of Darth Maul for SOLO : A Star Wars Story.
“A handful of us were let in on Maul being in the film so we could start development on it. We all had to be extremely hush hush on it, as they really wanted it to be as much of a surprise as possible. It made it tricky to actually work on because we didn’t even want people to know there WAS as a secret. Anytime anyone came into our room, we were on guard, basically, and would quickly put another safe picture up to hide what we were working on. But yeah, it was brilliant working on Maul.“
“It was a really cool thing to work on. The time difference between when you’d last seen him and now…and obviously we’re bringing back Ray Park! It gave us the opportunity to look at what we could do with the makeup and the styling of him, to see if we could add a little bit of an edge to him because he’s become who he is, because he’s older, and also because the techniques of makeup application have developed since they did it the first time around. So we did a lot of exploration of how far we could push it. Have his horns grown, have his horns been chopped off? Have his tattoos changed? Has he added tattoos, have they faded like old sailors’ tattoos have faded? There were all these different things we were playing with. Has he got more scars? Does he look really craggy or does he look full and fat and successful?
Maul concept art series by Glyn Dillon.
“With the legs, through the research we did, he’d had been through two or three different pairs since losing his lower half. When he showed up in Clone Wars, he gets fixed up with a big pair of spider legs first, then after that he gets these sort of backwards-facing chicken legs, then normal straight legs. So we thought, ‘We’ve got the liberty to design his legs, because they’re not canon and set in stone at this time.’ Again, we did a lot of different leg designs, and maybe made him a bit taller or tried to bring character to his leg designs, I suppose. And then it was, how much of his leg design do you get to see in conjunction with his costume? Where does his costume end — at the waist or lower down? You don’t want to hide his legs too much, so costume had to get that right. It was an interesting process to find all these little things to get that right, really.
“But back to the makeup design. Previously in The Phantom Menace, it was just painted on and the horns were just stuck on. For Solo we actually had prosthetics applied to his whole head. All the visible scars were actually slightly ridged, like there’s been a scarification. Very subtle but they made the difference between the red and the black ping out with this sort of little dropped shadow. Colin Jackman did the sculpt, and Martin Rezard and Waldo Mason did the application. Prior to painting, I had done a series of colorways in Photoshop, painting over Colin’s sculpt, experimenting with different levels of the red and the black. We got to this very dirty, sort of desaturated red, and the black had become a bluey-black. The tone of it, which you don’t really get to see in the film, unfortunately, was much more desaturated, with the tattoos faded and patchy.”
“At one point, I did a drawing which was based on one of Ian McCaig’s really amazing early concepts [for The Phantom Menace] of Darth Maul with hair, sort of lank and wet. His image didn’t have the horns — it looked like it was out of The Ring, or something like that. So I did a version based on that where his hair had grown [Laughs], he had all this long hair and all his horns had grown long like antlers, sort of spiky; he hadn’t cut them back and they’re just overgrown, so he has this huge crown of horns poking out of his hair and this glowering look.”
For a Star Wars UK Competition, artist and poster designer Matt Ferguson has crafted these simply awesome Solo: A Star Wars Story art prints, they are asking fans to share photos of the space they have reserved for their Blu-ray copy of the film. High resolution images of the art prints (click each one for a larger view) are included beneath from the embedded Twitter post.