Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Michael Kaplan Reveals Behind The Scenes Photos & Info About The Costumes Of 'The Force Awakens'

By: Benjamin Hart

It seems you can't swing a Lightsaber these days without hitting a brand new piece of info relating to Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Even though all will be revealed in just a few weeks, it's still fun to dig into this movie and learn more about the nearly finished production. Today Wired released an interview with The Force Awakens' costume designer Michael Kaplan where they discussed the development of some of the costumes in the film. In addition, they revealed a collection of behind the scenes photographs showcasing some of the now iconic helmets and armor of First Order, such as the Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Flametroopers and Captain Phasma. You can see highlights from the interview and some the photos below.

First off, Kaplan discusses designing the new Stormtroopers and mentions that, as many fans have jokingly pointed out already, the sleek design draws inspiration from Apple products. He went on to discuss how the new armor differs from Stormtrooper costumes of the Original Trilogy:

"The original stormtroopers were vacuum-formed. That process required a much thinner plastic to be heated and molded. These are much harder [cast in polyurethane], so they don't crack. They're much tougher materials, plus they have more flexibility."

He also mentioned Kylo Ren, adding that Dark sider's mask is meant to emulate the character's apparent idol, Darth Vader, while also appealing to children, by request of director J.J. Abrams. He also discussed fellow baddie Captain Phasma, whose design almost didn't make it into the movie at all:

"I loved the idea of taking a stormtrooper into the world of armour, It was just something I had in my head. The concept artist took my sketch and came up with a really beautiful illustration. I loved it and I hung it on the wall of our design room... One afternoon [producer] Kathy Kennedy came by and pointed at it and exclaimed, 'That is fantastic.' JJ loved it as well, so he created the role of Captain Phasma to wear it."

Be sure to head over to Wired to read the full interview and the rest of the awesome photos!

Source: Wired

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