Video : Star Wars Rebels “Lightsabers”.

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Hit the jump for an exclusive look at Star Wars Rebels’ Lightsaber design from USA Today



From USA Today :

“To re-create the film grain of the time, CG supervisor Joel Aron referenced the film used on Episode IV: A New Hope — Kodak 5247, specifically — and applied the effect to the animation. Plus, Aron used the influence of camera lenses used in the ’70s to add authenticity to TIE Fighters flying around and other action sequences with lots of effects.”


“Digging into all this lore gave Filoni another idea: to have lightsabers used by Jedi Kanan Jarrus (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) and his foe the Imperial Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs) reflect the movement and look of those from Lucas’ original movie trilogy.”


In the time of Rebels, the Jedi have been mostly wiped out by the Empire, the Force is weak and the lightsabers flickered more than not, Filoni adds. “It makes it feel like it’s dying off in the galaxy as opposed to being vibrant and strong, so it works on many levels.”


“However, the lightsabers used in the prequels — and the recent Clone Wars animated series — by the likes of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi had a strong constant glow and were seemingly more powerful, “like they had it more together back then,” Filoni says with a laugh.


The prequel lightsabers also tapered to a very specific diamond-pointed tip, while Filoni likens the originals to seeming like long, glowing fencing foils.”


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16 thoughts on “Video : Star Wars Rebels “Lightsabers”.

  • October 5, 2014 at 5:07 am


  • October 5, 2014 at 5:11 am


  • October 5, 2014 at 6:16 am

    This is the kind of obsessive nut-job attention to detail and love of the craft that tells me Star Wars is in GREAT hands.

  • October 5, 2014 at 6:34 am

    GLad they are trying to do this right. make the lightsabers look ALIVE. They have a mystical quality to them. In the prequels I think that that quality was lost. And it seemed like there was an effort to compensate by creating all these double-bladed sabers. Wish the Inquisitor didn’t have a double-blade. You don’t need it. its overcompensating. Samurai never needed or used double-bladed swords.

  • October 5, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Who knew a 2 minute video could be such a strong advertising tool?!
    I had absolutely no interest in Rebels (at all). But I’m a sucker for good visual effects, and after watching this video I’m suddenly interested in catching the show when it comes on, even if it’s just to see the Fights. (I’m still not sold on the main character who looks and acts and basically is Alladin with a blaster.)

  • October 5, 2014 at 11:57 am

    “ALLADIN, YES “!!!!! Thank you! knew he look familiar!

    • October 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      They even call him a ‘street rat’ in the first episode.

  • October 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Doesn’t matter how much behind the scenes crap you force onto me, the show still stinks.

    • October 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      No one is forcing you to watch anything here 🙂

      you don’t have to click

      • October 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        Dude you know he’s right, stop kissing ass and accept that the show sucks

        • October 6, 2014 at 5:12 am

          Alright, wait a minute. I’m one of the most overly critical people on here and from what i saw watching the fisrt episode, it didn’t suck. I gave it a 6/10.

  • October 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    In ANH, when the lightsabers activate, you can see the jump cut (the actors move slightly). What they put that in Rebels?

  • October 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I loved the way they handled the whole reveal of the Jedi and lightsabers. Instead of it being crammed in your face and the Jedi being a dime a dozen… it meant something.

    Especially when the officer and stormtroopers all paused… like “Holy ****. A Jedi.”

    Still a huge fan of the first episode. Hope it continues to be this good going forward.

  • October 5, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    It’s a shame when the crew of a tv series or a films put so much detail into the production, but the whole thing is let down by the braindead story and characters.

  • October 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I think some of you people’s expectations for this “cartoon” are a little too high to be honest..and your all a bunch of asses.uppidy little internet Diva’s who for some reason think your opinion actually means something.
    talk shit all you want…cry all you the “im the biggest star wars fan and know everything and my opinion matters” guy with dillusions of grandeur… BUT i am willing to bet that millions of Kids will disagree with you and will remember this to be one of the best..if not THE best cartoon from their childhood..after all it IS, a childrens CARTOON…..there wasnt a cartoon this cool when you were a kid i assure you…i can only wish that i could have seen cartoons like this when i was a child…grow the fuck up…it is STAR is and always has been for children… if you want to be an uppidy snob internet douche…go hang out with the trekkie’s…you will fit right fuckin in over there. stfu

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