|Tuesday August 31, 2004
More New Fan Art
sent in a great Fan Art picture entitled Twi'light.
for making this great contribution
and sorry for the delay. This piece features a female Twi'lek Jedi
with joined lightsabers (obsidian-colored crystals). To see his work and other great pieces, go
to the Fan Art
|Monday August 30, 2004
New Fan Art
sent in a couple of great new Fan Art collages,
with one being for a fan comic. Thanks to Steven
for making this great contribution
and sorry for the delay. To see his work and other great pieces, go
to the Fan Art
section! If you have some cool fan art, send it in!
|Tuesday August 24, 2004
Homing Beacon #117
most fans would find it hard to believe, there was a time when Star
Wars was a huge gamble. Gary Kurtz, the producer of the original
Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, had to face a world of
skeptical studios executives who couldn't fathom George Lucas' outer
space fantasy ever becoming a crowd-pleaser.
The latest Homing Beacon has arrived.
in the studios was not very partial to sci-fi," recounts Kurtz.
Even the most popular sci-fi film at the time had been a meager
success in the eyes of Hollywood executives. "2001 had come out
in 1968 and took six years to make its money back," he says.
But Alan Ladd Jr. at
20th Century Fox had enough faith in Star Wars to greenlight the
project. "It was the cheapest film that they had on their slate
that year; everything else was more expensive, so even if they
didn't make their money back and just broke even, it would be
okay," says Kurtz.
In the almost
three-decades since the debut of Star Wars, the movie landscape has
changed so radically that the quieter days of 1977 seem almost alien
"In the box
office takings nowadays, the opening weekend is the key thing. In
the '70s, the style of release was quite different," says
Kurtz. "Most films were platformed, which means they were tried
out in a few cinemas, and then expanded over time. In this case, we
were stuck, as Star Wars was one of the first films with Dolby
Surround sound and Dolby stereo mix. We only opened in cinemas which
had Dolby stereo installed, and cinemas were so reluctant that Fox
had to guarantee they would recoup the costs of the installation,
and said they were willing to pay for the costs of removing the
equipment if cinemas didn't want to keep it!"
From the initial 32
theaters on May 25, 1977, Star Wars's release grew to encompass
hundreds of theaters, but it was still just a fraction of the number
of theaters most big films open nowadays. What contributed to its
box office success was months, not weeks of steady business.
"It was never in more than 600 cinemas at one time," says
Kurtz, "but it played for a long time; some ran the films for
six months! You'd never have that these days. A big film will open
in 4,000 cinemas and be gone in three months."
The dramatic uphill
struggle to make Star Wars is extensively documented in Empire of
Dreams, the feature-length documentary found on the Star Wars
Trilogy DVD that debuts on September 21. Kurtz is one of the dozens
of personalities interviewed in the film.
|Monday August 16, 2004
In Honor of Frank Vogl
I will not be updating Galactic Voyage for the
next couple of days in honor of Frank Vogl. Frank was my father-in-law who
died today from a battle with cancer. He was only 63 years old.
Frank was survived by his wife Carol and the family will miss him dearly.
Thank you for understanding and please pray for the family to be able to
get past this great tragedy.
Posted: by Jedi
|Monday August 16, 2004
New Fan Art
Today I have added a new Fan
Art picture. Michael Miller
sent in this new creation featuring Jedi
lightsabers! Thanks Michael!
Good luck overseas. To see his work, head over to the Fan
|Friday August 13, 2004
Adrian Parker sent in a great new wallpaper of Aayla Secura.
I have also added another wallpaper of Jango Fett from an unknown
source. To see these wallpapers and other great wallpapers,
head over to the Wallpaper
section! Special thanks to Adrian Parker
for the great contribution!
|Thursday August 12, 2004
'Empire of Dreams'
Captain Sith Park sent in a great e-mail about 'Empire of Dreams'
that will be featured on A&E.
friend of mine in Britain had a chance to see 'Empire of Dreams:
The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy', (Not sure how - He wouldn't
make this up - Believe it or wait 40 days) It will be a
two-and-a-half hour documentary by Kevin Burns that will be on the
upcoming Star Wars Trilogy DVD, he saw the 90 minute version that
will air on A&E in the fall with some semi-spoilers here's his
its not the full version, it's still amazing- 55 minutes is
devoted to 'ANH' ,and about sixteen minutes each on 'EMPIRE' and
'JEDI'. Though there is no real new info on the making of the
films, the visual material is STUNNING. The section on 'ANH' alone
has some great behind the scenes, outtakes, scenes from different
camera angles with different acting delivery/pre dubbing, some
surprises, and half a deleted scene and a scene extension (a
little clue- they both involve back projection!!).
are two very nice surprise guest contributors linked to 'ANH' too
(one persons contribution I really wasn't expecting- after their
fall out with Lucas in 1976-7). Though short and sweet, the
'EMPIRE' and 'JEDI' coverage is also great (also with super behind
the scenes stuff) but obviously the extra hour on the DVD will
cover them. It really is worth the wait. I'm not saying anymore- I
don't want to spoil it....
like we may see bits of deleted scenes (Back projection referring
to Luke/3po flyin' round in the landspeeder) in amongst the
a great report! Thanks a lot Captain Sith Park! I can't wait
for the DVD or the A&E special.
|Wednesday August 11, 2004
November 2004 Comics
some of the Star Wars titles Dark Horse Comics has planned
The Official Star
Wars Site has announced
Well, look at you -- a General! Hotshot Rebel pilot Luke
Skywalker receives a surprise field promotion to General as part of
Commander Narra's plan to enlist the aid of an unexpected ally. Find
out more in Star Wars: Empire #27, the second part of a
two-issue arc written by Ron Marz, with art by Nicola Scott and
Michael Atiyeh, and a coverby Tommy Lee Edwards. This issue is
scheduled for release on November 3.
November sees the debut of Star Wars: Obsession, the five
part story arc that leads into Episode III. While Anakin enjoys a
brief respite from the Clone Wars and a fleeting reunion with his
secret wife Padmé, Obi-Wan embarks on a personal mission. On the
frontier world of Trigalis, he is determined to track down
information on the whereabouts of an enemy he can't forget. He's
become obsessed with finding Asajj Ventress, even though such
focused determination strains the rules of the Jedi Code.
Star Wars: Obsession #1 begins the countdown to the events
of Episode III. It is written by Haden Blackman with art by Brian
Ching, and a cover by Ching and Brad Anderson. It is scheduled for
release on November 17.
Star Wars: Republic continues covering the Clone Wars,
with the finale of the three-part story "The Dreadnaughts of
Rendili" told in issue #71. In it, the Jedi feverishly try to
stop the Separatists from commandeering the Rendili Fleet, Quinlan
Vos is captured and brought to justice, and Anakin squares off
against Asajj Ventress high above the dark alleys of Coruscant.
Star Wars: Republic #71 is by John Ostrander, with art by
Jan Durseema and Dan Parsons, and features a cover by Duursema and
Brad Anderson. It is scheduled for release on November 24.
|Friday August 6, 2004
Homing Beacon #116
Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk has the odd distinction of being a
world established in detail by George Lucas, but that has only been
explored thus far in the expanded universe. During the development
of the original Star Wars, Lucas had planned a journey to the
Wookiee homeworld but the evolving storyline and budget realities
kept the arboreal world from appearing on the big screen.
The latest Homing Beacon has arrived, and today we get to talk
detailed notes about Wookiee ecology and culture became the
springboard for a number of authors and artists who weren't limited
by fiscal restraints -- any planet can be visited in a comic book,
for instance, for the same costs. The Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk
appeared in the Marvel run, the Star Wars daily newspaper
strips, and even on television in "The Star Wars Holiday
Finally, the Wookiee
homeworld will be given the movie treatment in Episode III.
"It's a tropical, but cool planet," describes Concept
Design Supervisor Ryan Church. "The only real directive we got
from George is that they live in giant trees."
In developing the
look of Kashyyyk, the Art Department first turned to the
much-maligned 1978 television special to see what had come before.
"We watched that on a loop about four or five times, avoided
suicide, and went back to work," laughs Church. Though produced
on a variety show scale, the Holiday Special's Wookiee world (then
called Kazhyyyk -- pronounced, oddly, as 'Kazook') did have an
establishing shot of a Wookiee domicile rendered as a painting by
Ralph McQuarrie. The set built for the show -- the inside of
Chewbacca's home -- was a mix of flashy sci-fi tech and
"We wanted to
have a sort of high-tech Frank Lloyd Wright feel where the Wookiees
incorporated the natural environments into their living
conditions," says Church. "George was very specific about
not wanting to see the same thing over and over again. We're
visiting a lot of planets in Episode III, so when we cut to Kashyyyk
really quickly, you have to know where you are."
The end result will
be a single city on Kashyyyk that straddles several massive trees.
Though other published sources have explored the thickest areas of
jungle canopy, Episode III's location is on the shore of a
tree-lined lagoon, offering greater visual dynamics and story
In Episode III,
Kashyyyk will be at war, and as such, the Art Department needed to
develop Wookiee instruments of warfare. "We wanted it to look
distinct from what the rest of the cultures in the Star Wars
universe use," says Church. "Feng Zhu did a lot of these
technical illustrations, and came up with a very unique aesthetic. I
wanted to come up with a type of vehicle that implied that only a
Wookiee could handle it. Like they took some kind of technology
that's out there, and they commandeered it and modified it for their
If you'd like to see
a slideshow of over 40 concept art images of Episode III Kashyyyk, be
sure to check out this article, available only to Hyperspace
|Thursday August 5, 2004
Lots of New Figures on
figures to see. There is the
replicates the original’s head-click mechanism with pop-up
sensorscope. He is equipped with an interchangeable front panel
simulating opened and closed panels and comes with additional
exciting features. See
There is Chewbacca,
which is inspired by Return of the Jedi, the new vintage
version of Chewbacca was designed to achieve a sculpt height that
reflects true Wookiee figure height (5 inches). He is wearing
nothing but his bandolier and comes with a bowcaster. See
There is Boba Fett,
which is inspired by Return of the Jedi. The new version of
Boba Fett comes with a backpack that press-fits into his back, a
rifle that he can hold in multiple poses, and a soft goods cape. See
Boba Fett here.
Then there is the
Stormtrooper, which is inspired by Return of the Jedi.
Considered the best 3 ¾” stormtrooper ever, the Stormtrooper
comes with a standard issue blaster that fits in a holster. See
the Stormtrooper here.
So many figures
coming, and no money to spend. How depressing!
|Thursday August 5, 2004
Official Star Wars
Battlefront Website Goes Live!
the Star Wars Battlefront
website has gone
live! Star Wars
Battlefront is an intense open-ended
multiplayer action game set in the Star Wars universe due out this
fall for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game
system from Microsoft and the PC.
For more information, please visit the official
website at www.starwarsbattlefront.com.
It is a very nice looking site that has been created using
Macromedia Flash. Be sure to check it out!
has officially announced
|Wednesday August 4, 2004|
George Lucas Expands Film Empire
Chance Allison sent in an article from Reuters
in the UK. Thanks Chance!
Lucas, creator of blockbuster films such as "Star Wars" and
"Raiders of the Lost Ark", has announced plans to bring his creative
empire to Singapore in the first overseas foray by his entertainment group.
Lucasfilm is setting up a venture with Singapore's government to produce
digital animation for films, TV, and video games -- its first government
collaboration and reflecting the growing popularity of animation in Hollywood
and Asian films.
Some of the highest-grossing films in recent years -- from "Shrek
2" to "Finding Nemo" -- have been based on computer-generated
animation. In Asia, the genre is led by Japanese anime, a style born out of
Japan's love affair with comic books.
Lucasfilm aims to blend those genres -- Western animation and Japanese-style
anime -- at the new Asian studio, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, which is
75-percent owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. The remainder is held by a Singapore
The Hollywood studio's arrival comes as Singapore is embracing creativity to
sustain its economy. Arts now form a cornerstone of government policy -- a
radical shift in nation known for its strict censorship and tight social
"We look to Lucasfilm as a queen bee of sorts to help develop our
industry," Teo Ming Kian, the chairman of Singapore's Economic Development
Board, told a news conference on Tuesday.
"As an investor, we look to very good returns from this investment but
we see far more strategic returns to Singapore."
The Asian animation unit, which is looking to hire about 300 people in
Singapore, will focus on production work while the design and script-writing
will continue to be done in its Marin County, California headquarters.
In Hollywood, competition for digital animation is growing.
DreamWorks SKG, which created the "Shrek" series, plans to spin off
its animation studio to raise $650 million (358 million pounds). Other rivals
include Pixar Animation Studios Inc., whose films include "Toy Story"
and "Finding Nemo", and Walt Disney.
But a Singapore office could lead to Asian collaborations. Japanese game
makers Koei and Genki will set up game development studios in Singapore by the
end of the year, a Singapore government official said.
Under a "Media 21" policy rolled out last year, Singapore plans to
double the size of its media, design and arts industries to contribute to 3
percent of its $93 billion economy by 2012.
Micheline Chau, chief operating officer of Lucasfilm, said Singapore was
picked ahead of many competing Asian countries because of its strong
intellectual property rules.
"What was very important to us was the commitment to protect
intellectual property rights since we are a content producer." Under the
U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement that took effect in January, the wealthy
city-state's intellectual property laws were harmonised with those of the United
The government said last month it had set aside about S$200 million over five
years to develop Singapore into a "vibrant Asian creative hub".
In December, Singapore earmarked S$100 million to develop documentaries and
films, with a goal to produce up to five low-budget films a year. A new city
neighbourhood designed for media companies, dubbed "Fusionpolis", is
now being built.
Posted: by Jedi
|Tuesday August 3, 2004
Coruscant Courier Issue
The fourth issue of Galactic Voyage's Coruscant
Courier has finally arrived! In this latest fictional feature by
Arianaeirlys aka Jedi Jin Su we have:
Saber Slayer Findings
WHERE IN THE
Unite! The Fight for Endor & Ewok Equality
or Trained Assassins? The Unveiling of the Mysterious Monks Part II
EYES ON THE
JEDI: What is it like to become a JEDI KNIGHT?
THE FORCE HAVE IN MIND FOR YOU?
Arianaeirlys has done
an outstanding job with Issue #4, and I think you all will really
enjoy it! So go have look at the new Coruscant
Courier Issue #4.