Stormtroopers are Star Wars’ faceless goons, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look edgy when the situation calls for it. From the upgraded armor in Rogue One to the high-tech Stormtroopers in The Force Awakens, viewers have seen these clone cadets transform into something better than their old selves. And while VFX artists aren’t precisely mentioned by name in each movie’s credits, they deserve some recognition for reimagining these iconic cinematic characters like stormtroopers.
The Artists Behind The Reimagination
One of the major objections that people have had about these iconic characters is their lack of skill in handling weapons. Corridor club VFX channel decided to fix the error by reimagining the Star Wars to ascertain how the combat-adept stormtroopers would have helped end the legendary trilogy much earlier. David Fung is another VFX artist who used Photoshop to change all of them into slightly more accurate Stormtroopers. This was done because even though they are clones and are identical, they have enough facial variation that he could make a pretty good impersonation of their true selves. He also altered some of their weapons (like adding a scope) to look more like those used by modern-day troops. Another VFX artist Dave Fogler used Marvelous Designer to simulate clothing and armor for troopers and vehicles, creating more authentic materials that give the Stormtroopers the real-world look.
The New Technology
While Star Wars director George Lucas intended his clone troopers, or stormtroopers, to be nearly identical, he also didn’t have access to today’s technology that could make this robot army something resembling a live one. VFX artists who work on both big and small-budget films have mastered ways of making minor changes in characters and locations that can significantly alter a viewer’s perception. Multiple VFX artists have given their interpretations of Stormtroopers to make them look accurate and more realistic.
Kevin Smith, the actor, director, and writer of Clerks 3, shared a behind-the-scenes picture of his latest upcoming movie. This picture was the first one and featured the looks of the characters in the comedy. A few weeks ago, the portrayer Silent Bob put up the cast’s picture on Instagram as they were on the sets. The caption read – “How I spent my 51st birthday! Clerks III, Day 1 – with @briancohalloran and #jeffanderson and @jaymewes and @trevorfehrman and @austinzajur. “Thanks to that sweet @lionsgate cash, we *are* supposed to be here today!”
Many Actors Reprising Their Roles
Several characters are reprising their roles in the third installment of this film, which would be something to look forward to. O’Halloran will get back to playing the character Dante. Anderson and Mewes will also reprise their roles as Randall and Jay. Actors Donnell Rawlings, Rosario Dawson, David Dastmalchian, and Marilyn Ghigliotti will also be seen in the upcoming comedy Clerks 3. The cast is sure going to have a lot of fun on the sets after being reunited.
Birthday Celebrations for Kevin Smith
In fact, Dastmalchian also hinted at him being part of the project when he posted a behind-the-scenes picture of himself with Kevin Smith on Instagram. The former was wearing SWAT gear and was there to celebrate Smith’s birthday. Dastmalchian’s caption read – “Happiest of birthdays to my friend @thatkevinsmith. I love your passion for comics, film, family, and friendship, and I am so excited for…. (insert cliffhanger ending of this post)!”
More Work for Dastmalchian
It seems like directors are loving Dastmalchian’s work as he has been receiving many projects. Two of those are releasing this year and will be screened in the cinemas soon. He is playing bizarre villains in both films. In The Suicide Squad, he will play Polka-Dot Man while on Dune he is cast as Piter De Vries.