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TFA Doug Chiang back for Episode VII

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Sequel Trilogy (Released Films)' started by Mystery Roach, Oct 19, 2013.

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  1. Mystery Roach

    Mystery Roach Force Ghost star 4

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    So I've totally missed this if it was already known, but I didn't see it in the confirmed info thread and couldn't find anywhere else where it made sense to mention it so I figured I might as well start this thread, but if it belongs elsewhere then by all means point the way.

    Anyway I was looking at this story on the official site... http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2013/10/18/star-wars-art-concept-exclusive-preview/ and I noticed this... "and an introduction from prequel trilogy (and future Star Wars films) artist Doug Chiang". I looked on IMDb (I usually take info on upcoming movies with a grain of salt there but nevertheless...) and it does indeed list him as a concept artist on Episode VII. As I said this could be old news for all I know, but this the first I've heard of his return to Star Wars and I do find it notable and somewhat interesting.
     
  2. Diggs

    Diggs Jedi Master star 4

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    Yeah, this was out ages ago - McCaig's back too. They did a panel at Celebration.
     
  3. Mystery Roach

    Mystery Roach Force Ghost star 4

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    Ah ok. Someone should probably update the Confirmed Info thread then. Move along...
     
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  4. Echo-07

    Echo-07 Jedi Master star 4

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    I love concept art. LOVE IT! Even the stuff that doesn't get into the films. I could sit and look at it for hours. I simply can't get enough.

    Concept artists are magical especially McCaig and Chiang -- one of the things that I speculated about back just after D-day was if they'd be back and they were much to my excitement.
     
  5. Diggs

    Diggs Jedi Master star 4

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    You should check out the new concept book. Lots of nice stuff in there.
     
  6. LawJedi

    LawJedi Jedi Master star 4

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    This is awesome news, and totally new to me. I hope he gets to play jazz with Dave Filoni on some Rebels designs.
     
  7. Mystery Roach

    Mystery Roach Force Ghost star 4

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    Are there any existing threads about the concept art or design aesthetic of the ST yet? Maybe it's still a little early and I don't know if we'll even get to see any art before the movie, but it could be an interesting topic.
     
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  8. Darthsuggs

    Darthsuggs Jedi Master star 4

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    That's good news. they are supremely talented artists!
     
  9. LawJedi

    LawJedi Jedi Master star 4

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    I am shocked that there aren't 10 threads about how they're going to ruin the movie and make it look like a sleek, chrome plated prequel.
     
  10. sethg

    sethg Manager Emeritus star 2 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I dunno if the announcement necessarily means he's back for VII. They've only ever officially stated that he's back for future films, so he could just be working on the spin-offs.

    Either way, I love his concept art for TPM and really look forward to his future designs.
     
  11. Echo-07

    Echo-07 Jedi Master star 4

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    There was one but that was in the archived threads. SOOOOO

    I LOVE THIS

    [​IMG]
     
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  12. Buddha Fett

    Buddha Fett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I hope you can pick up this new book, then:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Making-Star-Wars-Return/dp/0345511468/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382220748&sr=8-1&keywords=making of jedi

    Amazing look behind the scenes look at the films, and not just the art (thought the volumes are packed with images I'd never seen!), but also an engaging historical record of the making of the films. The first two are fantastic as well. A bit on the pricy side, but extremely well worth it. I only have a coffee table so I can put them on it!
    I hope that the Prequels are next up...
     
  13. TheStorm

    TheStorm Jedi Master star 4

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    Rinzler's three Making of SW are some of the best out there. Own all three in hardcover. However he did say he most likely is not doing a PT version of them. In a recent interview with TFN:

     
  14. Echo-07

    Echo-07 Jedi Master star 4

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    I'm actually going to see if I can get it through the library (at least to read.) We have a great system where we can borrow materials from practically every library throughout the state.
     
  15. Mystery Roach

    Mystery Roach Force Ghost star 4

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    In fairness, the only chrome plated designs in the prequels were directly connected with Naboo, which makes sense on a logical level as well as a thematic one. I don't think sleekness was ever really a problem with the Prequels. The first Republic cruiser we see in TPM was very much in line with the OT designs, as were many of the ships we see afterwards, although I do think that a lot of the designs in the PT, while very good in their own right, weren't quite as strong and iconic as the OT designs like the X-wings and the TIE fighters, so I am kind of hoping to see those ships again, and/or something just as good. That said, I do think there should be a return to some of the Prequel aesthetic as well, with another kind of renaissance occurring after the fall of the Empire, which could have something to do with Chiang being brought back on.
     
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  16. Buddha Fett

    Buddha Fett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Well, there's also this one that's a slimmed down version of the OT 'Making Of' books, also by Rinzler. It's got some great stuff in it too. I must say, I love Chiang's stuff, but McCaig's stuff is really mind-blowing. Good that they're both gonna be involved.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Star-Wars-Episode/dp/0345431359/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382221615&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=revenge of the sith renzler

    For some reason the "Look Inside!" feature on Amazon links to an entirely different book...o_O
     
  17. Echo-07

    Echo-07 Jedi Master star 4

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    I never sweated the design principals behind the ships and technology of the PT as some have.

    Firstly, the designs had to be by a different people with different ideas. Mission accomplished.

    Secondly, we saw an evolution of design as the Empire sucked-in and dominated other cultures.

    Lastly, one of the reasons that the OT is considered iconic is because it's been around for 37 years and has been reporduced in a ton of different things like video games and cartoon spoofs like Family Guy and Robot Chicken. In fairness Episode 1 has been around for 14.

    With 30+ years passing between E 6 & 7 i would expect a new evolution of some of the vehicles we knew as iconic. Will the fanbase be able to handle new, slseeker versions of X-wings for instance?
     
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  18. HL&S

    HL&S Magistrate Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    At some point in the ST, they should travel to Kessel or some other junk world. Just so we can see old designs in the scrap heaps. Imagine someone accidentally activating a Destroyer droid.

    Maybe the Falcon needs a new part but because it's so outdated the only place to find it is a junk planet.
     
  19. Buddha Fett

    Buddha Fett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    An Ian McCaig Sith design I'd love to see more of...

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Mystery Roach

    Mystery Roach Force Ghost star 4

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    Agreed about McCaig. I'm glad he's returning too, although I found that less surprising since he stuck around for all the Prequels.

    I'm not downing the PT designs. As I said, they were very good in their own right, and the evolution was logical. However, I do think the OT designs were more a bit more iconic on their own strength alone. People like McQuarrie and Johnston were simply amazing and there's no denying that they created something really special and often imitated but ultimately unrivaled.
     
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  21. Diggs

    Diggs Jedi Master star 4

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    That's a freaky image for sure, but I can't quite imagine how it translates to the physical world.

    A Junk planet or Kessel would be fun to see.

    I like most of the PT designs. While I prefer the look of the OT, I can appreciate why there was an evolution.
     
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  22. Buddha Fett

    Buddha Fett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    The way I see it, McQuarrie and Johnston created the sandbox, Chiang and McCaig (and others) created some kick-ass toys to play with in said sandbox. Star Wars has been fortunate to have talented visionary creators throughout it's history, eh? ^:)^
     
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  23. TheStorm

    TheStorm Jedi Master star 4

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    I may not have cared much for the execution of the PT, but I do find almost all the concept art, and work to be wonderful and beautiful.
     
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  24. Diggs

    Diggs Jedi Master star 4

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    The three concept books across the PT are stunning. The work those guys and girls put in was never anything less than stellar.
     
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    Buddha Fett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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