A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…
The special effects in the Star Wars movies have improved a great deal from the originals to the new releases. One big difference is in the sets. The sets for the originals were either on location or hand made; where as the sets in the new releases were mostly done by computer. The visual effects, such as the light sabres were very basic and dull but in the newer movies the visual effects had improved a lot so things looked very bright and extravagant. The props used also improved. In the originals they would use scale models of star ships to do the space flight scenes. For the newer films they did all of it on a computer.
The original films released were episodes four, five and six. The newer series of films were episodes one, two and three. The reason episodes four, five and six were released first is because they were George Lucas’ first story and screen plays. He didn’t begin working on the screenplays for the prequel trilogy until 1987, eleven years after the original release of Star Wars in 1976. George Lucas created the original stories with the intent of furthering the story. Rather than doing sequels, he went back and gave the original stories a history in episodes one, two and three.
The roles of the following characters have remained steady thought out all the films but they themselves have undergone significant changes. The first character I am going to discuss is Anakin Skywalker; when we first encounter him in the original Star Wars film episode four he is known as Darth Vader, the right hand man to the evil emperor Palpatine – at this time Darth Vader is the Dark Lord of the Sith. But when we encounter him in episode one he is a selfless nine-year-old slave boy who is an engineering prodigy. Anakin goes from being a sympathetic innocent to a destructive antagonist. The second character I am going to discuss is Master Yoda. When we are first introduced to him in episode five he seems like an eccentric hermit who fill his role in episodes five and six as a teacher. Though in fact in episodes one, two and three we see he is the ultimate Jedi Master and respected Leader of the Jedi Counsel.
Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga created by George Lucas.
All six films of the Star Wars series were shot in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The original trilogy was shot with anamorphic lenses. Episodes IV and V were shot in Panavision, while Episode VI was shot in Joe Dunton Camera (JDC) scope. Episode I was shot with Hawk anamorphic lenses on Arriflex cameras, and Episodes II and III were shot with Sony's CineAlta high-definition digital cameras. Lucas hired Ben Burtt to oversee the sound effects on A New Hope.
Burtt's accomplishment was such that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with a Special Achievement Award because it had no award at the time for the work he had done. Lucasfilm developed the THX sound reproduction standard for Return of the Jedi. The scores for the six Star Wars films were composed by John Williams. Lucas' design for Star Wars involved a grand musical sound, with leitmotifs for different characters and important concepts. Williams' Star Wars title theme has become one of the most famous and well-known musical compositions in modern music history.
The science fantasy interstellar epic Star Wars uses science and technology in its settings and storylines, although they are not considered "hard" science fiction. The series has showcased many technological concepts, both in the movies and in the "Expanded Universe" of novels and comics.
The Star Wars movies are a vehicle for entertainment and their primary aim is to deliver drama, not scientific knowledge. Many of the on-screen technologies created or borrowed for the Star Wars universe were used mainly as plot devices or as aesthetic elements, and not as elements of the story in their own right.
The iconic status that Star Wars has gained in popular culture allows it to be used as an accessible introduction to real scientific concepts. Many of the features or technologies used in the Star Wars universe are impossible, according to current theory. However, the process of understanding why they are considered impossible can educate people while simultaneously entertaining them. For example, planets in Star Wars are mostly monolithic, containing a single climate or condition on all of their surface, whether it be the equator or the poles. A simple 'visit' on a planet is almost always representative to the conditions pertaining to the rest of the planet.
Tatooine’s twin suns:
Tatooine's twin suns, Tatoo I and Tatoo II
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope contains a scene where Luke Skywalker stands and watches the double sunset of Tatooine’s twin suns.
Of the 242 Exoplanets currently known, about 20 or so actually orbit binary star systems. Specifically, they orbit what are known as "wide" binary star systems where the two stars are fairly far apart (a few AU). Tatooine presumably is of the other type - a "close" binary, whereby the stars are very close, and the planets orbit their common center of mass. Many planets are now presumed to orbit binary star systems, though gravitational effects from the dual star system tend to make them very difficult to find with current doppler and transit methods of planetary searches.
Asteroid field in Episode V
In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, after the Battle of Hoth, the Millennium Falcon is pursued by imperial ships through a dense asteroid field. The chunks of rock in the field are moving at rapid speeds, constantly colliding, and densely packed. Ordinarily, an asteroid field or belt is unlikely to be so densely packed with large objects, because collisions reduce large objects to rubble that then eventually aggregates into planetoids by mutual attraction. Such a densely packed field could exist if it is either “young and transient” or “dominated by an external force”; there are a few clues that either might be happening in this scene of the movie. In contrast to Star Wars, the ship featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey, (Discovery One)'s course took it directly through the asteroid belt in novel, without real fear of collision on the part of the mission organizers.
Star Wars has various action sounds in space that the characters react to and are apparently aware of. But sound, as a pressure wave, must propagate through some form of matter. Since space is vacuous, it cannot actually carry sound waves. Two explanations have been posited. First, it is possible that the various ships’ deflector shields, when hit with radiation from explosions or blasters, cause the ships themselves to vibrate, producing sound. Second, the audio may be synthetically generated by ships’ sensor systems. Producing such sound would be beneficial because humans naturally react to their environment. It would also be an efficient use of a pilot’s limited senses during combat. Similar systems have been proposed for real world vehicles to audibly alert a driver or pilot to something not in their field of vision, for example if there were a car in the driver's 'blind spot' the car could transmit an engine noise over the car's entertainment system from the appropriate direction. One line points to some or all of the sound portrayals being synthesized for the benefit of the pilots. In the radio dramatization of A New Hope, Han Solo tells Luke Skywalker: "Your sensors'll give you an audio simulation for a rough idea of where those fighters are when they're not on your screen. It'll sound like they're right there in the turret with you."
List of unidentified and Little known characters:
The Phantom Menace
Aleena senator and aides
Tendau Bendon's aides
Lott Dod's financial officer
Edcel Bar Gane's aide
Po Nudo's aides
Orn Free Taa's aides
Yeb Yeb Adem'thorn's aide
Attack of the Clones
Dex's Diner patrons:
Human male with large eyebrows and headphones
Human portrayed by Dylan Lewis
Po Nudo's aides
Shu Mai's aide
Unidentified Human Jedi (Geonosis)
Revenge of the Sith
Po Nudo's aides
Poggle the Lesser's aide
A New Hope
Beggar in Mos Eisley
Droid Merchant in Mos Eisley
 The Empire Strikes Back
Ugnaught walking with Lee Phenets
Return of the Jedi
Ewok AT-ST pilots
Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
Mayor of Sernpidal
Young Jedi Knights series
Jedi Council: Acts of War
Unidentified Bith Jedi
Unidentified Quarren Jedi
Unidentified Ishi Tib Jedi
Jango Fett: Open Seasons
Fett (Elder Journeyman Protector) Jango Fett's father
Governor of Galidraan
Jango Fett's mother
Outbid But Never Outgunned
Pizztov's female slave
Star Wars: Republic
Jabba's architect from Star Wars Republic: Outlander
Circus Horrificus Ringmaster from Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare
Captain Cautious from Star Wars Republic: Infinity's End
UPlo Koon's uncle from Star Wars Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War
Unidentified Rodian Jedi from Star Wars Republic 50: The Battle of Kamino
Unidentified Givin Jedi from Star Wars Republic 50: The Battle of Kamino
Unidentified Human Jedi from Star Wars Republic 50: The Battle of Kamino
Unidentified Shistavanen Jedi from Star Wars Republic 50: The Battle of Kamino
"Justice" Jedi from Star Wars Republic 79: Into the Unknown, Part 1
Verpine Jedi from Star Wars Republic 79: Into the Unknown, Part 1
"Wonder Woman" Jedi from Star Wars Republic 79: Into the Unknown, Part 1
Star Wars: General Grievous
Chiss-like Jedi Council member ("Mr. Purple")
Gran Council member
Dark Empire II
Ood Bnar's descendant
Star Wars: Rebel Assault
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Artus Imperial warden
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Dead Jedi Master
Blenjeel shipwreck survivor
Nar Kreeta Hutt crimelord
Tatooine moisture farmer
Tatooine R5 unit
Zonju V contact
Mining Guild elders
Yavin Runner pilot
Star Wars Galaxies
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Sith Governor of Taris The One.
Star Wars Links:
measurement in the Star Wars galaxy
In the official continuity’s Star Wars universe (based on Coruscant’s rotation):
1 Coruscant year = 10 months (350 days) + 3 festival weeks (15 days) + 3 holidays (3 days) = 368 days
1 Coruscant month = 7 weeks = 35 days
1 Coruscant week = 5 days
1 Coruscant day = 18 hours
1 Coruscant hour = 69 minutes
The Galactic year
From the above information, we can extrapolate that the year, whether Tapani-named or not, in the Star Wars galaxy as follows:
1 festival week
1 festival week
30. “This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, and will soon see the end of the rebellion.”
29. “What a piece of junk!”
28. “Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease.”
27. “I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m here to rescue you.”
26. “Watch your mouth kid, or you’ll find yourself floating home.”
25. “Evacuate in our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.”
24. “If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador? — Commander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans. And bring me the passengers, I want them alive!”
23. “Look, good against remotes is one thing, good against the living, that’s something else.”
22. “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”
21. “What are we going to do? We’ll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel and smashed into who knows what.”
20. “That’s no moon, it’s a space station.”
19. “This is some rescue. You came in here and you didn’t have a plan for getting out?”
“He’s the brains, sweetheart!”
18. “You just watch yourself. We’re wanted men. I have the death sentence on 12 systems.”
“I’ll be careful.”
“You’ll be dead!”
17. “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
16. “Into the garbage chute, flyboy!”
15. “This is Red 5, I’m going in.”
14. “Boring conversation anyway. Luke, we’re gonna have company!”
13. “The Force is strong with this one.”
12. “I suggest a new strategy, R2. Let the wookiee win.”
11. “I’m a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.”
“You are part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!”
10. “You’re all clear, kid! Now let’s blow this thing and go home!”
9. “These blast points — too accurate for sandpeople. Only imperial stormtroopers are so precise.”
8. “I’ve got a very bad feeling about this.”
7. “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? … It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.”
6. ”When I left you, I was but the learner, now I am the master.”
“Only a master of evil, Darth.”
5. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
4. “Use the Force, Luke.”
3. “You don’t need to see his identification … These aren’t the droids you’re looking for … He can go about his business … Move along.”
2. “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”
1. “May the Force be with you.”
Honorable Mention: The final word of the movie “Argh!” from Chewbacca!
(Given in chronological order)
George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd. He is the creator of the epic space opera saga Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Today, Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful independent directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.9 billion.
"The Force is Strong with this one..."