Book Review: Star Wars – From a Certain Point of View

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Book cover.

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a…

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Review: The Force Awakens – live in concert

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Programme flyer.

Long time readers will remember that I was lucky enough to see the premiere of The Force Awakens in London. So I was overjoyed to see that TodayTix had discount tickets for TFA live in concert at THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE! It was the last day of our big Australian road-trip, and we’d sailed past…

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You Have To Take People With You

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This post starts off talking about Star Wars, but it isn’t really about that. I enjoyed Rogue One – the newish Star Wars film. It’s not a perfect film, but it was heaps of fun. My only real problem was with Donnie Yen’s character – Chirrut Îmwe. As soon as I saw a Blind Asian…

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Reconstructing 3D Models from The Last Jedi

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Different depth maps of various accuracy

A quick tutorial in how to recover 3D information from your favourite 3D movies. In this example, we’ll be using Star Wars – The Last Jedi. tl;dr? Here’s the end result (this video is silent): Grab the code on GitHub. Let’s go! Take a screenshot of your favourite scene. Something with a clearly defined foreground…

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Building Darth Vader

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Long time readers will know that the happiest day of my life was when I got married. Dressed as Darth Vader. The most expensive thing about our wedding was probably that Vader suit. After nearly 10 years of marital bliss, I got bored at having that gorgeous suit packed away in a box. So I…

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How 3D is Star Wars The Force Awakens?

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This blog post looks at the 3D conversion process for The Force Awakens. Where it succeeds and where it falls short. Last year I managed to blag tickets to the premiere of The Force Awakens – in 2D. The next day, we saw it again in 3D. I’ve never been a huge fan of 3D…

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Deconstructing The Sounds Behind The Lightsaber Dream Sequence

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Just a bit of fun for a Friday afternoon – and spoilers ahoy! Star Wars VII contains the most magnificence dream sequence. When Rey lays her hand on a lightsaber for the first time, the world dissolves as a cacophony of audio hallucinations plague her. It’s a short sequence – lasting just under a minute…

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Review: The Force Awakens Première

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This isn’t a review of the new Star Wars film, it’s a diary entry about my experiences at the première. No spoilers, sweetie! I love Star War. Probably more than is healthy. When tickets for the new movie were released, I snaffled up a pair… for the next morning! Look, I’m getting old, and I…

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Rare Star Wars props, blueprints, and images

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A couple of months ago I noticed there was an auction of Sci-Fi related material in London. The catalogue was amazing! The original Leela costume from Doctor Who, costumes from Star Trek, gizmos from Blade Runner – and a whole bunch of Star Wars props! Sadly, I couldn’t afford the original pieces of the Death…

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Running Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds on Linux

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OMG! Good Old Games has the amazing Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds available for a mere £3.99. That was the game which introduced me & my wife to collaborative gameplay, so I was incredibly excited to see it available again. This is a brief guide to getting the game working on Linux – including multiplayer and…

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