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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