Fashion lessons from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I think this is a piss-take by Hannah Marriott for The Guardian, but you can never tell. So I’ll mostly be wearing orange and black this season Captain Phasma’s mask is sleek – very on-trend silver coupled with a sexy off-the-shoulder cape – but the storm troopers’ monochrome styling and dark glasses are unequivocally the […]

A Darth Vader waffle maker? You really shouldn’t have…

  David Mitchell (the funny one, not the novelist) writing for the Observer on the deluge of Star Wars merchandise, makes the point that not everything we make and sell needs to be ‘worthy’: I don’t mean it as a criticism when I call this stuff crap. Our civilisation cannot be sustained solely from the buying […]

Star Wars Battlefront and the art of retro sound design

Interesting article on the sound design of the Star Wars movies and the recent Star Wars Battlefront game. Did you know, for example that: The screech of the original TIE Fighter, for example, was the sound of an elephant, slowed down, and mixed with the sound of car rolling on wet pavement as recorded through […]

Inside Industrial Light & Magic’s secret Star Wars VR lab

I’m on Industrial Light & Magic’s motion capture stage, standing inside what they call “the cave.” It’s not much to look at: two big screens angled at 90 degrees, awash in a smeary blur of images. But put on a pair of modified 3D glasses, and bam — it’s the Holodeck, and I’m on Tatooine […]