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Week 3

Saturday April 19, 2014
Daily Video Clip #2

Today's second new video clip is an interview with Composer Kevin Kiner of Star wars Rebels. Kevin Kiner, composer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, returns to a galaxy far, far away with the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series. In this exclusive interview, he discusses his writing process, musical background, and previews the theme for Lucasfilm's new show.

Looking back at his first involvement with Star Wars, Kiner says that it was daunting to follow John Williams. But it was invigorating, as well, and continues to be with his new work on Star Wars Rebels. He grew up playing rock n' roll in garage bands, and melded that sensibility with classical on Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- and will do so again on Star Wars Rebels. Tone-wise, the music for Star Wars Rebels "will have a different sound," he says. "It's going to be a little closer to A New Hope than Clone Wars was. Now, to be able to go back and start using John's themes in different ways is exciting for me."

Kiner also shows off some his own string-instruments, including the cello-like guitar viol, which he plans to use on the new series. Finally, he demos the Star Wars Rebels theme, which builds in complexity and incorporates classic Star Wars melodies. At the piece's end, Kiner is excited, saying, "And we have a new generation of Star Wars." Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Saturday April 19, 2014
Daily Video Clip #1

Today's first new video clip is a special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series.

Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera's maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands... Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Saturday April 19, 2014
Star Wars Rebels At WonderCon

Today, WonderCon hosted a panel With Dave Filoni, Killian Plunkett, and Vanessa Marshall for Star Wars Rebels that will be released in the fall this year on Disney XD. Here are the main points from that discussion.

  • You'll see a more unified look from top to bottom than The Clone Wars ever had.

  • Dave Filoni: It's a rather new expierence to have so many people reference Clone Wars now. Vanessa knows it backwards and forwards.

  • The basis for what Hera finally became was basically from Concept artist Amy Beth Christenson.

  • Filoni likes that Ahsoka & Hera leave the guys wanting to go on adventures rather than the other way around.

  • Togruta was considered for Hera's species. (Ahsoka)

  • The clip shown features Hera piloting the Ghost against TIEs, visual style a perfect match for A New Hope.

  • "Chopper's a jerk." -Dave Filoni

  • "Star Wars has to make you laugh." -Dave Filoni

  • Kilian Plunkett and Dave Filoni say there were about 50 versions of Zeb before they settled on his species/look.

  • Palette of Star Wars Rebels will be brighter than The Clone Wars.

  • "We want to give you the most authentic Star Wars as you've come to expect." -Dave Filoni on the feel of Rebels.

  • Dave Filoni praises Joel Aron for making those TIE Fighter explosions "feel exactly the same as in A New Hope.

  • Vanessa Marshall's genuine excitement at being a part of Star Wars is infectious.

  • Rebels has a, "flowy, traditional" feel as opposed to the near realism of The Clone Wars. -Killian Plunkett

  • "Star Wars is a feeling you get when you watch it. It can't be one thing, it has to run the gamut." -Dave Filoni

  • Filoni says from the first episode to the last, it will be about and focus on the main group of people/heroes.

  • "It's taken 8 years, but we're finally getting paid to draw Stormtroopers." -Killian Plunkett

  • Like the original trilogy, expect to hear about Coruscant but not see it.

  • "There are still plenty of cool Imperial locations, just not necessarily Coruscant." -Killian Plunkett

  • According to Killian, they consciously put more space battles in a Rebels.

  • Dave Filoni just confirmed Lothal is in the Outer Rim.

  • Who will score Rebels? Kevin Kiner was confirmed to score Rebels, joins the panel on stage.

  • Rebels "sounds a lot more like A New Hope." -Kevin Kiner

  • The Rebels theme is being played for the panel.

  • The Rebels theme immediately evokes the classic trilogy, with hints of the new stories to come.

  • "I'm really privileged to be part of the greatest myth of the 20th & 21st centuries." Kevin Kiner, on scoring Rebels.

  • "John Williams' home run of Star Wars music is the Force theme." -Kevin Kiner

  • And with a, "May the Force be with you." David Collins concludes the panel.

Stay tuned for video from the panel.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday April 16, 2014
New Addition To The Family

I'm sorry for the lack of updates recently, but my wife and I had our fourth child on Friday, April 11th. We have another new baby boy! Lots of sleepless nights and no extra time at the moment. Thanks for understanding.

Posted by: Jedi Power