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J.J. Abrams Picks New Star Wars' Costume Designer

J.J. Abrams Picks New Star Wars' Costume Designer
Admittedly, it’s hardly the most enlightening piece of news about Star Wars: Episode VII, but it’s still fun to see who J.J. Abrams is gathering to work on the new trip to that Galaxy Far, Far Away. One of the first confirmed members of his team is an old Abrams hand and recent Empire interviewee, costume designer Michael Kaplan.It’s not tough to see why Abrams would tap Kaplan for the job. They worked together to revise the look of Captain Kirk and co on Star Trek and Into Darkness, and Kaplan also provided the togs for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which Abrams produced.But Kaplan’s CV goes back much further and deeper than just the Enterprise crew. One of his earliest jobs was working alongside Charles Knode on 1982’s Blade Runner. He also counts Flashdance, Fight Club, Panic Room, Pearl Harbor, Curly Sue, Clue, I Am Legend
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Costume Designer Michael Kaplan Confirmed for Star Wars VII

Securing perhaps the biggest costume job going at the moment, Michael Kaplan has officially been chosen as costume designer for Star Wars Episode VII. It was on his IMDb page for a short while (later removed), but now the appointment has been corroborated by the man himself. “I am very excited to be working on Star Wars” Kaplan confirms to Clothes on Film “I’m so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with Jj.”

Kaplan is now director J.J. Abrams’ regular costume designer having worked with him on Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Evidently after two terms with Abrams on Star Trek, Kaplan has the sci-fi chops necessary to tackle arguably a denser franchise with even greater fan expectation. Get it right and he could have an Oscar to put alongside his BAFTA statuette and Costume Designers Guild awards, get it wrong and there will be nowhere to hide,
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Out-Of-Print Blade Runner Sketchbook Now Online

Aside from being an amazing movie in and of itself, the look of Blade Runner.s world and design has influenced countless movies, shows, and games that have followed. The movie is filled with tons of iconic elements, from the flying police cars dubbed .spinners. to the multi-cultural marketplace where Deckard searches for a man who makes snakes. One of the coolest behind-the-scenes looks at the design of the film came in The Blade Runner Sketchbook, published back in 1982. It collects artwork by the legendary Syd Mead, Mentor Huebner, Charles Knode, Michael Kaplan, and Ridley Scott. Long since out of print, copies of the book fetch hefty prices online. Now, however, you can read the Sketchbook yourself for free. A flippable copy has been uploaded online, so now you can read the entire book without having to drop a bundle of cash or scour convention tables hunting for a bootleg
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