Category Archives: Star Wars

A Brief Look at Some of the FX in”Rogue One”

In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” one of the great scenes is the space battle between the Rebel Alliance over Scarif. Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) out did themselves in creating this sequence.

This is a short (0:58) video, but it does give an idea to what went into the sequence. I’ve seen the movie 4 times now and I think that this is one of the outstanding parts of the film. Certainly it centers on the destruction of Star Destroyers and the Shield Gate in a creative way.

Behind the Scenes on “Rogue One”

Trailers – By now we have all see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at least once. I think I’ve seen it four times now.

This isn’t a trailer as much as it is a look behind the filming of the movie. While this short (2:56) video doesn’t really reveal much, it is a different look with a couple of brief scenes that I think got left on the cutting room floor.

In any case, if you like Star Wars you will want to see it.

“Star Wars” at Disney

Disney – Those who are fans or “Avatar” get their “Pandora Land” this May when an expansion is added to the Animal Kingdom. The big expansion will open in 2019 when the new Star Wars Lands open. Yes “Lands” – 14 acre expansions are under construction at both Disneyland and Disney World. A new glimpse (video above) was given at the Star Wars Celebration this past weekend at what is in the works.

The Disney World expansion is in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. When I was there in January 2017 the construction was well underway. This expansion will include a Millennium Falcon that park guests can crew, as well as a rough and tumble village that is an outpost on the edge of the Unknown Regions of space. All sort of characters and strange creatures will be seen here. A good place to find the right ship for smuggling, or for those trying to stay below the radar of the First Order.

I think that these expansions will be a great hit once they open! I only hope that as the Star Wars saga continues to be told, the Lands will continue to expand over the years as well.

A Look at Special Effects in “Rogue One”

Star Wars – Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) released a short (1 minute) peek at the special effects it generated for the movie “Rogue One”. This was done presumably in advance of the voting for Best Visual Effects at the 89th Oscars. It gives a layer-by-layer look at some of the special effects.

It certainly offers a look at how engineers can have major roles in the film industry.

Some Science Behind the Death Star


I recently came across the article “Going Rogue: The Science Behind the Star Wars Death Star“.

We all enjoy the “science” in Science Fiction, but how possible is it? Most would think that the Death Star was beyond the realm of possibility. This article explores what the energy requirements would be (massive to say the least) for this weapon and how it might be generated. It isn’t impossible, but it is mighty difficult.

The article also points out the little detail of Newton’s Laws of Motion ignored in the movies. Firing a laser (or particle beam) in one direction will create a force in the opposite direction on the object that fired the laser. Because of the immense power needed to destroy a planet (2.24 x 10^32 Joules estimated in the article for a planet similar in size to Earth) the Death Star would be propelled at high speed in the opposite direction.

Of course I guess if they can generate artificial gravity on the Death Star, then they might be able to use other technology to circumvent known physics.

This kind of a discussion, and the associated calculations, might be a great way to involve a Middle School or High School science class.

Review of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”


My wife and I went to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” yesterday morning. I liked the movie. It is different from the others in the Star Wars Universe. It is more of an adult level story, and darker than the others.

I’m not going to give any spoilers. The main character is Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones). When she is young, the Empire takes her parents away. She hides and grows up to be a strong willed and rebelious young woman.

She is recruited by the Rebel Alliance to make contact with someone working for the Empire. The Rebel leaders are trying to confirm that the Empire is building a new weapon.

This movie basically explains how the Rebels get the plans to the Death Star, and why they are able to destroy it as depicted in Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope. In my mind this movie becomes Episode III.V, fitting perfectly between Episodes III and IV.

Overall I think that this is a good movie. IMDB shows a 8.7/10 for it which is very good. If you like Star Wars you will enjoy it. But be prepared as it is not a feel good movie.

You might find this article of interest too – “How Rogue One Connects to the Greater Star Wars Universe“. Just a warning though it does contain spoilers.

Second ‘Rogue One’ Trailer

Well the second trailer for the Star Wars side story “Rogue One” is out and it both looks good and different from the first trailer. We learn a little more about the main character Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones). This movie will fill in some of the gaps as to what happened between Star Wars III “Revenge of the Sith” and Star Wars IV “A New Hope“.

I am certainly looking forward to the December 16 release date.

Star Wars TK-436

Lucas Film and held a fan film contest a few months ago. They had more than 500 submissions. The film “Star Wars TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story was awarded the Filmmaker Select Award. The version of the video above is the “Director’s Cut” of just over 12 minutes.

Submissions for the context were limited to just 5 minutes. Six other fan films are highlighted at the site. If you like Star Wars and/or Science Fiction I encourage you to take a few minutes and view these videos.