Fan Art Friday! Death Star Showdown

A few administrative items right off the bat.

  1. I’ve been very sick for the past week so if my post seemed a little grumpy yesterday – I apologize.  I don’t mind May the 4th that much, but I am beginning to get a little tired of it as it does not seem to really correlate with true Star Wars dates.  That said, I do try to celebrate it and find it cute that I have a lot of friends text me.
  2. I will be traveling internationally next week (Croatia!) and some of the following week and won’t be blogging.  BUT never fear! I wrote a lovely guest blog for The RebeLibrarian which should be going up next week.  I will try to reblog it here when I return.

Now, onto Fan Art Friday which I do with Mei-Mei every month.  Except months I forget, lol!  (I’ve gotten better because I now put it in my calendar with a reminder, good job Kiri).

I want to apologize to Mei-Mei because I found this picture to be incredibly boring.  I saw it while flipping through after I had re-watched Rogue One and thought it was appropriate.  But it very repetitive and I had to force creativity on it which was fun, I suppose, but still not fun enough.  Most of the time I like the mendalas because you’re not constrained by how things should look, but this month’s was a bore.

All that aside, when I Forced (omg I just capitalized Force out of habit but it’s too funny so I’m keeping it like that) my creativity into this picture and did a bunch of different colors, I found it to be more fun.

I kept the Death Star and TIE Fighters industrial grays, the X-wings are red (for obvious reasons), but then I switched up all the other colors.  There was really no rhyme or reason to the green, orange/yellow, and blue.  I just kind of went with what I thought would be fun.  I added pink and mahogany to the little circles but did not find that to be a good choice.  The circles are positioned too close to the red X-wings so it clashes a bit.

Can’t wait for next month’s as this one was a huge yawn.  Don’t forget to check out how Mei-Mei interpreted hers!

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Scene it on Friday – ANH Scene #59

Scene it on Friday – ANH Scene #59

The first thing I thought when I read this scene is, “Wow, it takes a lot of work to write an action scene.”   All this “INTERIOR”, one descriptive line, “EXTERIOR”, two lines of dialogue, back to “INTERIOR.”  Man, oh man, it was exhausting to just read it.  I have more respect for the likes of Ralph McQuarrie who has to read something like this, imagine it, and bring it to life.  Even drawing the storyboard from this would take a lot of time.

While researching the storyboarding for ANH, I came up with some interesting facts.  A little insight:  Joe Johnston was in a position of a head storyboarder with four designers working under him and doing the storyboarding with him – Gary Myers, Paul Huston, Steve Gawley and Ronnie Sheperd.  Joe Johnston started his career as an Effects Illustrator and Designer when he answered an ad as a college student (ad was for Lucasfilm).  He rose through the ranks quickly, finally becoming Art Director for Visual Effects for the trilogy.  He is responsible for the design of Boba Fett’s armor and worked alongside Ralph McQuarrie.  Some of his original storyboard images from ANH are starting at $1200 if anyone is interested.

Where is Joe Johnston now?  He is a big time movie director, having directed Hidalgo, Jurassic Park III, Jumanji (love that movie!), and Captain America: The First Avenger.  How about them apples?  Not to depress anyone, but that sure makes me feel like I’m not doing much with my life.

Second thought I had, which was not really a thought but on the subconscious, was that I immediately started hearing the music for this scene in my head.  This is a great piece of music by good ol’ John Williams!  It brings together some of the theme, the bravado of Star Wars, and it’s just full of energy.  I believe that if this same movie was made today, the music in the background would be different only because with tense scenes like this, music doesn’t usually have a lot of brass dominating it.  I’m trying to think back on scenes with a lot of anticipation/tension/chase scenes, and I don’t think there are brass instruments blaring throughout it.

You can listen to it here:

Surprisingly, I don’t have a lot to say about this scene other than those two thoughts.  It could also be because I’m exhausted from lack of sleep the past two nights.  Sorry guys.  Lame Scene it on Friday from me :(.

And with that – I “move off majestically through space.”

TIE fighters attack falcon

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT.

Han pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to move. The dull thud of laser bolts bouncing off the outside of the ship as Chewie adjusts his controls.

HAN: I hope the old man got that tractor beam out if commission, or this is going to be a real short trip. Okay, hit it!

Chewbacca growls in agreement.

EXTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON.

The Millennium Falcon powers away from the Death Star docking bay, makes a spectacular turn and disappears into the vastness of space.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — CENTRAL HOLD AREA.

Luke, saddened by the loss of Obi-Wan Kenobi, stares off blankly as the robots look on. Leia puts a blanket around him protectively, and Luke turns and looks up at her. She sits down beside him.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT.

Solo spots approaching enemy ships.

HAN: (to Chewie) We’re coming up on the sentry ships. Hold ’em off! Angle the deflector shields while I charge up the main guns!

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — CENTRAL HOLD AREA.

Luke looks downward sadly, shaking his head back and forth, as the princess smiles comfortingly at him.

LUKE: I can’t believe he’s gone.

Artoo-Detoo beeps a reply.

LEIA: There wasn’t anything you could have done.

Han rushes into the hold area where Luke is sitting with the princess.

HAN: (to Luke) Come on, buddy, we’re not out of this yet!

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS — COCKPIT.

Solo climbs into his attack position in the topside gunport.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — HOLD AREA.

Luke gets up and moves out toward the gunports as Leia heads for the cockpit.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS — COCKPIT.

Luke climbs down the ladder into the gunport cockpit, settling into one of the two main laser cannons mounted in large rotating turrets on either side of the ship.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — SOLO’S GUNPORT.

Han adjusts his headset as he sits before the controls of his laser cannon, then speaks into the attached microphone.

HAN: (to Luke) You in, kid? Okay, stay sharp!

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS — COCKPIT.

Chewbacca and Princess Leia search the heavens for attacking TIE fighters. The Wookiee pulls back on the speed controls as the ship bounces slightly.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — SOLO’S GUNPORT — COCKPIT.

Computer graphic readouts form on Solo’s target screen, as Han reaches for controls.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORT — COCKPIT.

Luke sits in readiness for the attack, his hand on the laser cannon’s control button.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT.

Chewbacca spots the enemy ships and barks.

LEIA: (into intercom) Here they come!

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT — POV (POINT OF VIEW) — SPACE.

The Imperial TIE fighters move towards the Millennium Falcon, one each veering off to the left and right of the pirateship.

INTERIOR: TIE FIGHTER — COCKPIT.

The stars whip past behind the Imperial pilot as he adjusts his maneuvering joy stick.

EXTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — IN SPACE.

The TIE fighter races past the Falcon, firing laser beams as it passes.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — HOLD AREA.

Threepio is seated in the hold area, next to Artoo-Detoo. The pirateship bounces and vibrates as the power goes out in the room and then comes back on.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT — GUNPORTS.

A TIE fighter maneuvers in front of Han, who follows it and fires at it with the laser cannon. Luke does likewise, as the fighter streaks into view. The ship has suffered a minor hit, and bounces slightly.

EXTERIOR: SPACE.

Two TIE fighters dive down toward the pirateship.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS.

Luke fires at an unseen fighter.

LUKE: They’re coming in too fast!

EXTERIOR: SPACE — MILLENNIUM FALCON/TIE FIGHTERS.

Pan with pirateship as two TIE fighters charge through the background. Laserbolts streak from all the craft.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — CHEWBACCA.

The ship shudders as a laserbolt hits very close to the cockpit. The Wookiee chatters something to Leia.

EXTERIOR: TIE FIGHTER — SPACE.

Full shot of a TIE fighter as it moves fast through the frame, firing on the pirate starship.

EXTERIOR: SPACE — TIE FIGHTERS.

The two TIE fighters fire a barrage of laserbeams at the pirateship.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — MAIN PASSAGEWAY.

A laserbolt streaks into the side of the pirateship. The ship lurches violently, throwing poor Threepio into a cabinet fill of small computer chips.

THREEPIO: Oooh!

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT — GUNPORTS.

Leia watches the computer readout as Chewbacca manipulates the ship’s controls.

LEIA: We’ve lost lateral controls.

HAN: Don’t worry, she’ll hold together.

An enemy laserbolt hits the pirateship’s control panel, causing it to blow out in a shower of sparks.

HAN: (to ship) You hear me, baby? Hold together!

Artoo-Detoo advances toward the smoking sparking control panel, dousing the inferno by spraying it with fire retardant beeping all the while.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORT.

Luke swivels in his gun mount, following the TIE fighter with his laser cannon.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORT.

Solo aims his laser cannon at the enemy fighter.

EXTERIOR: SPACE.

A TIE fighter streaks in front of the starship.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT.

Leia watches the TIE fighter ship fly over.

EXTERIOR: SPACE.

A TIE fighter heads right for the pirateship, then zooms overhead.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS.

Luke follows the TIE fighter across his field of view, firing laserbeams from his cannon.

EXTERIOR: TIE FIGHTER.

A TIE fighter dives past the pirateship.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS.

Luke fires at a TIE fighter. At his port, Han follows a fighter in his sights, releasing a blast of laserfire. He

connects, and the fighter explodes into fiery dust. Han laughs victoriously.

EXTERIOR: SPACE.

Two TIE fighters move toward and over the Millennium Falcon, unleashing a barrage of laserbolts at the ship.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS.

Another TIE fighter moves in on the pirateship and Luke, smiling, fires the laser cannon at it, scoring a spectacular direct hit.

LUKE: I got him!

Han turns and gives Luke a victory wave which Luke gleefully returns.

HAN: Great kid! Don’t get cocky.

Han turns back to his laser cannon.

EXTERIOR: SPACE.

Two more TIE fighters cross in front of the pirateship.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — COCKPIT

While Chewbacca manipulates the controls, Leia turns, looking over her shoulder out the ports.

LEIA: There are still two more of them out there!

EXTERIOR: SPACE.

A TIE fighter moves up over the pirateship, firing laserblasts at it.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS.

Luke and Han look into their respective projected target screens. An Imperial fighter crosses Solo’s port, and Han swivels in his chair, following it with blasts from his laser cannon. Another fighter crosses Luke’s port, and he reacts in a like manner, the glow of his target screen lighting his face.

EXTERIOR: SPACE.

The TIE fighter zooms toward the pirateship, firing destructive blasts at it.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORTS.

Luke fires a laserblast at the approaching enemy fighter, and it bursts into a spectacular explosion. Luke’s projected screen gives a readout of the hit. The pirateship bounces slightly as it is struck by the enemy fire.

EXTERIOR: SPACE — TIE FIGHTER.

The last of the attacking Imperial TIE fighters looms in, firing upon the Falcon.

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — GUNPORT.

Solo swivels behind his cannon, his aim describing the arc of the TIE fighter. The fighter comes closer, firing at the pirateship, but a well-aimed blast from Solo’s laser cannon hits the attacker, which blows up in a small atomic shower of burning fragments.

LUKE: (laughing) That’s it! We did it!

The princess jumps up and gives Chewie a congratulatory hug.

LEIA: We did it!

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON — PASSAGEWAY.

Threepio lies on the floor of the ship, completely tangled in the smoking, sparking wires.

THREEPIO: Help! I think I’m melting! (to Artoo) This is all your fault.

Artoo turns his dome from side to side, beeping in response.

EXTERIOR: SPACE — MILLENNIUM FALCON.

The victorious Millennium Falcon moves off majestically through space.