Archive for 2010

Make an Astromech Cake

Bonnie Burton | August 20, 2010

Make this astromech cake with cake mix, Rice Krispie Treats, cream filling and some creativity.

“The whole thing is layers of red velvet cake with white chocolate ganache and chocolate hazelnut buttercream filling throughout. And yes, the Rice Krispie Treat arms.”

Making The Most Amazing R2-D2 Cake Ever
(via B-Side Blog)

Suffering from Star Wars Celebration V Withdrawal?

Bonnie Burton | August 20, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida is over. And quite frankly many of us are depressed and going through withdrawal.

Here’s some ways on how to lessen your sadness now that you can’t look over your shoulder and see a giant AT-AT lurking behind you.

1. Have a Star Wars film marathon at home. Crank up your heater and humidifier to simulate Orlando weather.

2. Go on a Star Wars Celebration V shopping spree! Check out all the stuff you can buy like men’s Eau Lando Cologne, women’s “I Heart Scoundrels” T-shirt, Classic Yoda Ears Retro Cap and more!

3. Dress up as an Ewok and head to your local park for a picnic. It might not relieve you of all your depression, but it sure will entertain the squirrels.

4. Call up all your friends that have remote control R2-D2 toys, meet up at the mall, and have a DIY droid parade!

5. Put on the Lando mustache from the Celebration V Disguise Kit and wear it all week. Prepare to be flirted with non-stop.

Be sure to post your own ideas on how to deal with Star Wars Celebration V withdrawal symptoms — in the comments below.

Or share your tips on Twitter, using the hashtag #swcvwithdrawal. Follow us at @starwars

Fan Movie Winner Profile: Makazie One Team | August 20, 2010

At this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at Celebration V in Orlando, Florida, Makazie One won Best Cinematography.

The impressive fan film is set in the Star Wars universe during the time period between Episodes III and IV. An elite soldier has been sent to track down and destroy a known threat to the Empire through intense ground battles and haunting imagery of death that surround the environment. The unsuspecting enemy to the new Imperial order has no idea what he is up against when the two finally meet for an action packed surprise ending. chats with Florida-based filmmaker Clutch about his award-winning film.

What is your background in film? Did you study it in college? Did you make films as a youngster/teen?

My only formal education that relates to film was attending Full Sail University that specialized in Digital Media, Film and Audio at the time. They’ve really expanded a great deal since then to include 3-D animation which I taught there for a number of years. I went through the digital media course which had classes covering a broad range of subjects like 3-D animation, composting, audio, cameras and 2-D graphics but no, I’ve never attended any kind of formal film school and Makazie One was my first film altogether. As a young boy I was inspired by Star Wars as many were and would make home movies with some of the toys while desperately trying not to burn down the garage in the process.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influenced your work?

I’ve been a member of the 501st since 2001 as well as a former Marine so I always wanted to try to bridge the two worlds and make a Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers-type movie but with stormtroopers. I also wanted to twist our perspectives around and make a film from the Empire’s point of view where the Jedi were the bad guys. That’s just me though, I’ve always been partial to the villains. George Lucas created this great universe to explore and expand so as far as him influencing the project, it wouldn’t have been possible had he not created the environment to work with.


Romancing the Droid: Why I Married R2-D2

Bonnie Burton | August 18, 2010

photos: Amanda Jean Camarillo & Jenny Elwick

Sometimes a girl just has to follow her heart no matter where it may lead.

After suffering through too many broken hearts thanks to dating boys who never quite appreciated my geek girl ways, I made a vow never to give my heart to anyone ever again who rolled their eyes when I attempted a Wookiee roar. I guess you could say I was looking for love in Alderaan places.

There’s nothing wrong with humans. I just find them to be a bit boring. They rarely have a screwdriver handy when you need it. They never seem interested in listening about your day. They always get lost on trips. They refuse to go out dancing. They hate relaying complicated messages to your friends. They’re so insecure with who they are; they never know what they want or how to express their true feelings.

R2-D2 puts all you human boys to shame. He’s got a built-in GPS (so says Uncle George) so he never gets lost. Plus you should see Artoo’s dance moves! And yes, he’s got more gadgets and charm than James Bond himself.

I’ve always had a secret crush on Artoo ever since I first saw him in A New Hope. Granted, I was just a kid then. What did I know about astromech love? But I kept a special place in my heart for him, fully knowing I may never meet him face to dome. It wasn’t until many years later when I landed a job as Lucasfilm that I took my chance and made the first move.


Speed Dating at Star Wars Celebration V Team | August 15, 2010

Photo by Liz Lee

“Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi’s life. So you might say, that we are encouraged to love.” – Anakin Skywalker

On Thursday and Saturday at Star Wars Celebration V fans (and droids) had the chance to talk to a wide assortment of potential “love connections” all assembled in Orlando to express their love for Star Wars.

While fans agree on who shot first or whether Jar Jar should have been thrown in carbonite, they can at least find out whether the have the that certain chemistry that brings two hearts together.

On Thursday and Saturday at Star Wars Celebration fans (and droids!) were able to break the ice with potential suitors. chats with host Ryan Glitch about the ins and outs of speed dating and whether or not cupid took a break from the madness to bring fans looking for love together.

Why did you decide to have a Speed Dating event at Celebration V?

I submitted the idea on the Celebration website, and a few emails later between Mary Franklin, Lauren Sadowski, and Peter Tatarra, I was given a contract to run the event! I just thought it could be a great a great way give a little push to those who were looking for love in all the wrong cantinas!

How did this speed dating event work? What are the rules?

The speed dating event worked phenomenally! The rules are simple, you date as fast you as you can, get to know as much as you can, if you like them, you write down the dater’s ID number, and at the end, you will head to the tables and leave your contact info with only people that you liked, and you will get the lists of contact info that has been left for you! The rules are that during the date you cannot give
out personal contact info to the dater directly, you can’t give our your name during the dates.

Did anyone make a love connection?

I was told that 2 couples did commitment ceremonies after meeting at my event, and I
have seen 9 couples out and about that met at my event.

What tips do you have for fans who want to try speed dating

Be yourself!

Additional comments about the event?

It has been an absolute blast to run this event at CV and I Just want to thank Reed Exhibitions and Lucasfilm for allowing me to play in their sandbox.

Fan Movie Winner Profile: The Notebook Strikes Back Team | August 13, 2010

As the winner for the Best Sequel presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards at Celebration V in Orlando, Florida, The Notebook Strikes Back captured the imagination of what The Empire Strikes Back would look like recreated with paper cut-outs in a notebook, much like last year’s winner Star Wars in a Notebook by the same filmmaker. chats with Columbia-based filmmaker Oscar Fabián Triana Méndez.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film sequel? How has George Lucas and his films influenced your work?

The first part had a really nice reception — lots of positive comments and reviews! I watch the film featured in blogs and sites from everywhere: obviously the USA but also France, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Perú, Australia, Russia, Spain even Thailand. People seem to love it! So I thought a sequel should be a nice gift for all of them (and for me).

Also I have a fun time doing it so. Plus everything has a sequel now doesn’t it? I don’t know if I should credit Mr. Lucas for that, but I hope mine it’s one of the good ones like Empire!

What is the back story regarding your film?

To sum things up, it’s the film that plays in the head of a little kid that is shocked discovering the Star Wars movies. You know, your memory isn’t perfect so you skip scenes, swap characters, and distort some other parts, but you really capture the essence of that story. I visualize that naive feeling with the tools you have at the moment in your house or school: paper, cloth, scissors, glue.

Back then you give life to your drawings or cutouts in your head, now thanks to a computer. I love the handmade look, I’m a big fan of the sweded/indie/low budget filmmaking that is flooding Internet.


Star Wars Celebration V: Fans in Costume Team | August 13, 2010

(MTV’s Liz Lee smooches a lucky Gamorrean Guard guard)

It wouldn’t be Star Wars Celebration without seeing a Gamorrean Guard guard wandering through the crowds or a tiny Jawa waiting in line for nachos.

The beginning of Star Wars Celebration already seems like giant photo op with all our favorite characters. Here’s a roundup of some of the coolest costumes we’ve already seen in Orlando.

The cutest Jedi you’ll see all day.

In a parallel galaxy, Darth Vader fears these two.

Bossk would like a word with you!

Han Solo, Chewbacca and Slave Leia = 3 x the cool!

A clone trooper rainbow!


Thirst first. Empire second.


A Tattoo Tribute to The Clone Wars Team | August 4, 2010

photos: courtesy of Shane Donnelly

Fans show off their Star Wars pride through costuming, droid building, gaming, writing fan fiction, making fan films and a zillion other ways. But it takes a certain level of dedication to get a tattoo of your favorite Star Wars character, vehicle, creature, droid or scene.

Star Wars fan Shane Donnelly recently payed tribute to The Clone Wars with this epic tattoo. chats with him about why he chose to give the animated series some permanent love.

Why did you go with The Clone Wars as a theme?

I went with The Clone Wars theme because, first I hadn’t seen any of the current series. (There is of course, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars micro-series). And second, because I wanted to celebrate the continuation of the Star Wars story. After Ep. III none of us were really sure if or when we’d see new Star Wars other than books, comics, etc. And third, because it’s just too cool.

Describe all the cool stuff going on in your tattoo? Was there an overall theme?

There’s not much of a theme to it. Basically you have the hologram Sidious over shadowing everything with Obi-Wan and Anakin (the heroes of the Republic) on either side of him; which is kind of symbolic to the story.

I also wanted to have a strong female presence. Star Wars has always had strong female characters so I wanted to show that. That’s represented by Ventress, Ahsoka and Aayla. I also have Rex with another clone trooper because, well clone troopers are cool.


The Sharks of Star Wars Team | August 3, 2010

In honor of Discovery Channel’s epic Shark Week, here’s a few of our favorite sharks mentioned in the Star Wars saga and Expanded Universe!


  • Emerald shark: An emerald shark was a type of shark found in Dubrillion Aquarium.
  • Firaxan shark: A fierce underwater creature that inhabited the seas of Manaan. They were extremely deadly and were known to attack anyone who dared to swim in their waters.
  • Frist shark: Marine predators from Trandosha. These animals had a row of six fang-like teeth, similar to, and compared to, the Bitthævrian race of Guiteica.
  • Ithorian razor sharks: Aquatic predators native to Ithor. This predatory fish lives in the oceans of Ithor, and has dagger-like teeth lining its large mouth.
  • Lambro sharks: Predatory fish whose flesh was considered a delicacy by many beings throughout the galaxy.
  • Swamp sharks: Meter-long predatory fish on Marca.


Helen Mirren Wants to Wear R2-D2 Costume Team | August 2, 2010

Helen Mirren recently appeared at San Diego Comic-Con to promote her upcoming action film Red but told the press she would have dressed up more to blend in with fans if she thought ahead.

After seeing other celebrities who showed up to Comic-Con in costume, such as Will Ferrell who painted his face blue and wore a cape to look like his character Megamind, Mirren confessed she wished she had dressed up as none other than R2-D2.

“I wish I had dressed up now,” she said. “I could have come as R2-D2 because I liked him. He was cute. Or maybe I could dress as Harrison Ford — but that maybe isn’t the done thing,” she pondered.

Now THAT’S the droid we’re looking for!