The long-standing tradition of Star Wars art books and our long-standing tradition of talking about them continues with author Phil Szostak’s latest masterpiece, The Art of The Mandalorian season 2! With Mando’s second season, we find the Lucasfilm Art Department working at the height of the strength with the look of the show really coming together. But how does it all connect to the greater Star Wars aesthetic and what are the greatest lessons of designing for this bold, new era of SW storytelling? Join us as we ask these questions, discuss the amazing art from each episode and pick our personal favorite pieces along the way! So, head to Freetown, celebrate the love and listen today!
This week is all about the amazing THE ART OF FORCE AWAKENS! 2013 was a magical time as Star Wars was just getting ready to strike back in a major way. The Yoda like production designer, living legend and hero of ours, Rick Carter led this quest with a period of guided imagery from the best artists in the world where the blue sky was the limit and some incredible illustrations flowed along next to the story. It was the time of Jedi Killers, Kira and Sam, Darth Talon, John Doe and RIFFS. Join us as we look at this time, discuss the importance of concept art & much, much more!!So get in that dream state, go backwards and forwards, turn of your left brain, ask “what is BLAST POINTS?”, listen today and celebrate the love!!
The book we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, Phil Szostak’s amazing The Art of The Mandalorian Season 1! Join Jason and Gabe as they dive into the book’s fascinating details like how the show got started, the wild history of live action Star Wars on TV and how the unique nature of the show led to a slightly different and more streamlined design process. If that wasn’t enough excitement, they pick thier personal favorite pieces of art from the book!
PLUS – BURNING QUESTIONS LIKE: How did one rainy day in 2005 predict the future of Star Wars? How many times is Ewoks The Battle for Endor mentioned in the book? Will Dave Filoni ever write a children’s book & more!!
So sneak into the Skywalker Ranch Archives & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Saga Year continues as this month we take a look at ROGUE ONE and the amazing Art of Rogue One book by Josh Kushins. Looking through it is like looking through your Rogue One dreams and it’s been often overlooked when discussing the Star Wars creative process and the making of the film. From John Knoll’s original and fascinating Destroyer of Worlds pitch to the stories that almost were and Gareth Edward’s unique creative process, Rogue One was taking risks from the beginning. The bold ideas Rogue One created on screen and behind the scenes can still be felt today and we’re examining all of them! Save the rebellion, save the dream and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
The most anticipated Star Wars art book of all time is finally here, Phil Szostak’s magnificent The Art of The Rise of Skywalker! No matter what you thought of the film, you can’t deny the incredible talent of the artists that helped make it all happen. Still, what really did happen along the way? Join us as we look at the incredible and revealing behind the scenes text and discuss some of our personal favorite pieces of art contained in the book! What were Klaud’s early looks? Where could the story have almost gone? Listen and find out!!
So go talk to The Oracle, listen today & celebrate the love!
By the time of Revenge of the Sith, the digital dream of the prequels finally existed and the movie was able to reach the limits of George Lucas and the art department’s imaginations. With the manta of “go wild”, the concept team designed what was at the time the final installment of the Skywalker saga’s most ambitious episode yet. Join us as we take a fun filled, action packed look at JW Rinzler’s genius 2005 art book, the unique look of ROTS, some creative roads not taken, and how the concepts of ROTS continue to echo into all of modern Star Wars!
PLUS : more more more SNOKETOBERFEST!
So get on that flying bird & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
This week Jason and Gabe take a look at the vastly underrated Art of Attack of the Clones! This 2002 book not only holds some incredible Star Wars concept art but it also shows how AOTC was a truly groundbreaking film in every way! From how it ushered in a new digital age of filmmaking, how the concepts changed from TPM, to how it changed the way blockbuster films are designed! Tune in as we go over it all!
PLUS: Episode 9 is making us go insane, a movie that was not announced getting cancelled and speculation on just what is beyond the end of the Skywalker saga!
So create your army of Ace Frehley clones and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!
Join Jason and Gabe this week as they dive into the new book! They go over everything from early design concepts, to the fascinating time table of production history, thematic and cinematic inspirations, visual metaphors in the film and insight into the continually fascinating Star Wars design process! (and dogs singing star wars, lots of guitar solos and they finally talk about CHiPs!!)
PLUS: What’s going on with Celebration selling out? Episode 9 speculation/excitement!
So put on your spandex for Trixie and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!
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Listen as Jason & Gabe take a look back at 1999’s The Art of Star Wars, Episode I The Phantom Menace! It was the dawn of a new era of Star Wars concept art and it’s just as fascinating today as it was then! Doug Chiang endlessly drawing Battle Droids in the attic of Skywalker Ranch resulted in a legacy in Star Wars design that can still be felt today. They talk about their favorite illustrations from the book, Jabba on thrones, the idea of an older Anakin, Jar-Jar’s pet dog and MORE!
PLUS: there’s some Solo speculation and a whole lot of Old Man Snoke love! So sip some morning coffee with Sebulba, smoke a cigar with a booger and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!