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Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish. [Read more…]

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Miniature Worlds in a Bubble: The Coolest Terrariums You’ve Ever Seen

Tuesday 01.21.2014 , Posted by
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Ever since watching ‘The Making of Star Wars’ in 2nd grade, Tony Larson has been captivated by fantasy set design. For fun, he creates terrariums that would up the coolness factor of any home or office. From famous landmarks like Stonehenge and Easter Island, to scenes from Star Wars and Jurassic Park, each miniature landscape is so meticulously decorated that you will wish you could swap places with the plastic figurines inside. Growing up in International Falls, MN, also known as the “icebox of the nation,” Larson turned to photography and crafting to keep warm and busy throughout the long winters. Aside from creating dioramas that put most peoples’ finest school projects to shame, Larson loves DJ’ing, Film Editing, Cinematography, Special FX, and Audio Production. [Read more…]

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LEGO on Hoth: Vesa Lehtimäki Re-Imagines Downtime Star Wars’ Ice Planet

Thursday 01.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you saw the original Star Wars movies as a kid, it’s hard not to be nostalgic about the trilogies’ characters – even if it’s for the bumbling Storm Troopers on the ice planet Hoth. Finnish illustrator and designer Vesa Lehtimäki was 10 years old when he saw the first installment in 1977, and he’s no stranger to the seductive pull of these now classic films. Over the past few years he’s been fulfilling childhood dreams in a playful yet professional manner – creating imaginative scenes from Hoth using his son’s LEGO sets. [Read more…]

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Art Wars: Famous Artists Remix the Famous Star Wars Storm Trooper Helmet (Coming to the London Underground)

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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This Thursday, London’s Regent’s Park Underground station will be ‘turning the dark side into the art side.’ Ben Moore, founder of Art Below has teamed up with Andrew Ainsworth, the original creator of the Stormtrooper, to pay tribute to the iconic soldiers of the Galactic Empire. The project sees stormtrooper helmets left to the creative force of artists including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mr Brainwash, Paul Fryer and Joana Vasconcelos… all putting their signature remix on the iconic form. [Read more…]

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The Storied Evolution of the Star Wars Logo

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to movie logos (or franchises for that matter) there are few as iconic as the now classic Star Wars trilogy… but how well do we really know the design behind that logo? As it turns out, the famously “spacy” typography featured in the now familiar logo wasn’t finalized on all print media until a while after the first movies release, and some early versions slipped through becoming quite familiar in their own right. [Read more…]

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Wookiees in Real-Life

Saturday 07.06.2013 , Posted by

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When you’re a Wookiee and not off defeating the Empire or shooting down Tie-Fighters, what’s there to do but feast with the family or go rollerskating? Then again, if those aren’t thrilling enough pastimes, you could always practice Karate on the beach or stick up a convenience store. Ahh… such is the life of the Wookiee here on Earth… always looking for the next place to show off your ferocious skills. [Read more…]

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Tatooine today: Traveler seeks old set of Star wars

Tuesday 05.28.2013 , Posted by

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To some Star Wars fans, Episode IV: A New Hope was the best Star Wars film ever made. It was the first one, made by George Lucas, and it launched the passionate followed by enthusiasts around the world. In the first hour of the film, the setting is in a vast desert on the Planet Tatooine. There, Luke Skywalker discovers he is more than just a farmer boy shooting womp rats for fun, Obi Wan is brought back to jedi action and Han Solo lays low from slug gangster Jabba the Hutt. So the question looms, what’s happened to Tatooine now? [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #427> Pop Art Keepin’ It Real: Funny & Cool

Friday 04.26.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #399 > What If All Art Was This Awesome?

Thursday 03.14.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #397 > How It Was Back Then: A Vintage Era

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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