Archive for 2011



Fan Movie Winner Profile: Solo Forever

StarWars.com Team | August 2, 2011

At this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at San Diego Comic-Con International, Solo Forever won the Best Comedy Award.

Starwars.com chats with Los Angeles-based filmmaker Trey Albright about his award-winning film Solo Forever.

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

I was prompted by the website. The fact that it’s out there for anyone to do. That’s pretty cool. George Lucas’ movies were my childhood. Star Wars and Indiana Jones where in constant rotation in the VCR. I remember climbing all over my parents car try to re-enact a scene in Raider’s of the Lost Ark. Climbing on the side of the car, opening the door and swinging in feet first. Kicking the hell outta some Nazis. I think that’s the kinda action hero I’d like to be. Really just wanted to be Han Solo and Indiana Jones rolled up into one. Maybe with a pinch of John McClane.

What is the back story regarding your film?

I’ve been creating sketches for about a year now and I was having a conversation with a writing partner about what he did with his action figures once he got too old for them. He said he lit them on fire. HA! I thought that was great cause I shot mine with a pellet gun. I remember shooting most of them and I kind of felt sad as I was doing it. But I was getting older and girls were interesting, and they didn’t play Star Wars. It was just a part of growing up; and who wants to do that?!

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Death Star Cosplay Dress!

Bonnie Burton | July 29, 2011

When I first came across vlogger and craftster Jennifer Landa and her awesome Star Wars videos on Youtube I knew eventually she’d create an amazing cosplay Star Wars costume, and sure enough she did!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, she debuted her fancy Death Star dress complete with galaxy tights and a TIE Interceptor hair accessory! StarWars.com chats with Jennifer about her Imperial couture that would make even Darth Vader smitten.

Why did you decide to make a cute dress of the Death Star?

For months I couldn’t decide what I wanted to cosplay as! I just knew I wanted to do a quirky take on someone or something from the Star Wars universe. I had seen a Death Star costume before and loved the idea of cosplaying as a thing instead of a person. I love personifying objects! So when I saw Robin E. Kaplan’s adorable print of a girl dressed as a Death Star, I freaked out. Her Death Star character was so cute and feminine and anything but a scary super weapon! After that, I knew I had to go as Miss Death Star.

How did you come up with the design?

I wanted the costume to have a space-age yet retro feel! So I decided to make the Death Star more like an exaggerated bubble skirt. I cut the skirt so it was a shorter length and chose a form-fitting bodice. For me, it was important to keep the whole look feminine and flattering. When I was designing the costume, I came up with the character “Miss Death Star.” I imagined her to be a cross between Ethel Merman and Judy Garland. I know, it’s a little strange but the fun part about cosplaying is really getting into character!

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Fan Movie Winner Profile: Star Wars: Unlimited Power

StarWars.com Team | July 28, 2011

At this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Awards presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at San Diego Comic-Con International, Star Wars: Unlimited Power won the George Lucas Selects Award.

Starwars.com chats with Los Angeles-based filmmaker Eliot Sirota about his award-winning film Star Wars: Unlimited Power.

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

Star Wars is what started me on my career path. From the moment I saw it at the tender young age of 5, I knew I wanted to tell stories, create special FX and make movies. So I suppose that’s one of many ways that George Lucas has influenced me! If I were to list all of them, I would have to write a book! The short and sweet version is that he made something no one else had imagined possible at the time and pioneered a whole new way of making movies, television and media. He saw that art and technology were two sides of the same coin and could be used together to create something that transcended both of them. Without “Uncle” George leading the way, many other great movies would never have been possible.

As far as what prompted me to a make a Star Wars film, the original trilogy films are still my all time favorite movies, and what Star Wars fan wouldn’t want to play in and expand on that world? I think I always wanted to make a Star Wars fan film, and maybe even someday have a hand in an actual Lucasfilm Star Wars project!

What is the back story regarding your film?

I had several ideas for what I wanted to explore. The background characters, creatures and vehicles in Star Wars are so amazing, and yet, to a character in the Star Wars universe, they’re just everyday things that are taken for granted. The amazing technology would have to be manufactured and advertised so that the intergalactic consumer could know what products were available and decide what to buy. That led me to the idea of doing a commercial. I just thought it would be funny to see how blue milk or evaporators would be advertised. But far more interesting than those items, to me at least, are droids.

I love the droids in Star Wars. They’re meant to be simple tools, but they all have their own personalities, quirks and even heroic qualities. We spend 6 movies getting to know two droids very well, but what about all the other unmentioned metallic masses? Especially the power droid we’ve all come to affectionately known as Gonk? And a commercial for a brand new power droid would have just been to clean and crisp and I found the idea of a used Gonk commercial particularly funny, like a bad used car commercial.

That’s basically where the idea came from. I suppose I was inspired a bit by Robot Chicken as well because they often explore similar “mundane” and yet hysterical ideas in fantastical worlds, especially Star Wars. Having the droid dance was based on the idea that it would be dancing to “The Power” by SNAP! but as the project moved forward I found it best to go another route.

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Comic-Con 2011: Best Star Wars Costumes

StarWars.com Team | July 27, 2011


Team Unicorn as the Nightsisters from The Clone Wars

Every year at San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s easy to spot a stormtrooper from The 501st Legion, a Jedi or Rebel pilot from The Rebel Legion, and the essential Slave Leia. But there are also those fans who go above and beyond to make some of the coolest, original costumes on their own — whether it’s a Death Star dress fit for the runway or a homemade Jawa costume or even an impressive group of Nightsisters.

Here’s some of our favorite Star Wars costumes spotted at this year’s Comic-Con.


Han and Leia make an Imperial friend.


The Rebel Legion guard The Rebel Base Experience at Comic-Con from pesky stormtroopers.


Don’t mess with Black Ops!


Star Wars vlogger Jennifer Landa shows off her Death Star dress.


Death Trooper hopes to find a snack amongst the crowd.


AJ shows off her Rebel Pilot dress made using a man’s Rebel Pilot costume as the material!


A Jawa searches for some broken down droids at Comic-Con.

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Comic-Con 2011: The Clone Wars Season 4 Panel Recap

StarWars.com Team | July 23, 2011

Couldn’t make it to The Clone Wars Season 4 panel featuring The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni and producer Cary Silver, moderated by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo. Don’t worry! Below are some of the panel highlights.

Dive right in!
Season 4 starts with an underwater story arc on the planet of Mon Calamari. Filoni said they wanted the cameras to have similar movements to underwater scuba camera. They had to create an entire civilization from the buildings to the population of the people — male and female fish, warriors, the Quarren army, etc.

It’s a….!”
Captain Ackbar is indeed in this underwater story arc. There was some debate whether or not they should have Ackbar refer to traps, but they didn’t do that.

Watch out for sharks!:
The shark-like race works with the Separatist. They have sharp teeth and bite the heads off of characters, but Filoni assures that it’s not too violent because “bubbles make it better.”

Kit Fisto is back!
“Everyone likes Kit Fisto because he smiles,” Filoni says.”He doesn’t have his shirt on, so that’s a bit of a Twilight reference.”

Scuba Clone Troopers!
Kit Fisto has scuba clone troopers in Season 4. Filoni challenges the 501st Legion to come up with scuba trooper costumes!

New Clone Trooper Story Arc with Captain Rex:
Umbara is a new planet shrouded in darkness & for the first time you get to see clone troopers killing non-droids, but infact humaniods that live on the planet. All the technoloy the Umbarans fight with weapons you’ve never seen before. Fans have actually seen Umbarans before; Palpatine’s creepy aid is an Umbaran. And a lot of the favorite troopers who have survived so far like Captain Rex and Fives will show up in this episode.

New Faces and Armor:
They changed the look of a lot of the main characters like Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan, so this season they upgraded the facial expressions on the clone faces and changed some of the armor as well. Captain Rex doesn’t like the new armor because he thinks it’s too disposable so he makes a hybrid of his old armor welded together with his new armor. He’s worried that the Republic looks at the clones as more of a disposable army.

New Jedi Character: General Krell
He’s the same species as Dexter Jettster! He’s an uncoventional, powerful Jedi who causes the clones to question things in different ways.

C-3PO & R2-D2 have new adventures!
Star Wars is like a fairy tale from their point of view,” Filoni says. the classic animated series Droids was an inspiration.

Never Cry Wolffe
Clone trooper Wolffe returns but he’s different than Rex since he lost all his men so he’sa bit of a “curmudgeon” and doesn’t like C-3PO much.

Madame Mandalorian?

Filoni revealed that Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackoff will be voicing a female Mandalorian. He really wanted to have an actress voice her that really understood the fan culture. Filoni wanted to put a female Mandalorian on the show to give the woman fans another cool costume option to cosplay. Her helmet design is based on a barn owl because Filoni’s wife likes owls. Director Jon Favreau will be back as Mandalorian Pre Vizsla, as well.

Nightsisters return!
Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress, and Nightsisters will return this season as well. (As Filoni mentions the Nightsisters return for Season 4, the geek girl cosplay collective Team Unicorn — dressed as Dathomir’s Dark Side witches — walk up onstage! And he shows a clip that isn’t completed yet and even George Lucas hasn’t seen yet — of the Nightsisters fighting against battle droids!)

Bring on the Bounty Hunters!
Filoni says Cad Bane, Bossk, and Boba Fett will be back, along with an old favorite coming to the series — Dengar!

To Han or Not to Han?
A fan asks if we’ll see a young Han Solo in the series. Filoni says no, unless Lucas really insisted on it. “I don’t want to be the guy who defines that.”

By Your Commando!
Filoni confirmed clone commandos will be on the show, but not Delta Squad because he doesn’t want to mess with that continuity.

More Mortis on the way
“We’re going to do more about those kinds of mystical things in the future. It won’t be the last you hear of those types of stories. And you’ll learn more about those Force wielders and what they are and how they fit into the bigger spectrum of things,” Filoni says in answer to a fan’s question on whether the Mortis planet was the home of the Force.

New Challenges for Ahsoka:
Lux’s character might challenge Ahsoka’s own feelings about someone that she care for. When a fan asks about her pending fate, Filoni says he’s thought of about eight different possible outcomes for Ahsoka, but nothing has been decided yet.

Be sure to stay tuned here for more Star Wars news, photos and info at San Diego Comic-Con International 2011!

Comic-Con 2011: Star Wars Fan Movie Winners

StarWars.com Team | July 22, 2011

The Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge is produced by a long-running partnership between Lucasfilm and Atom, to celebrate the best in fan made videos and animations. The winning entry each year is selected by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas, and the finalists are also posted online, where a worldwide body of viewers selects the Audience Choice Award.

This year the famous golden droid trophies were presented to the winners at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 during the Fan Movie Award Ceremony on Thursday evening, July 21.

Below are a list of the winners who took home a coveted statue:

Best Fan Fiction – Fed Wetherbee for A Light in the Darkness
(Introduced by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo)

Best Acting – Sasha Nixon for Star Wars: Hunter
(Introduced by Fanboys Director Kyle Newman)

Spirit of Fandom – James Austen for The Tentacle Trap
(Introduced by Lucasfilm Events Manager Mary Franklin)

Best Comedy – Trey Albright for Solo Forever
(Introduced by Robot Chicken co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich)

Best Sequel – Adam White for The Unconcious Sith Strikes Back
(Introduced by The Clone Wars CG/FX/Lighting Supervisor Joel Aaron)

Audience Choice Award – Fed Wetherbee for A Light in the Darkness
(Introduced by former Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet)

Best Animated Feature – Jim Mehsling for Bounty Hunter II: Pit of Carkoon
(Award introduced by The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni)

George Lucas Selects Award – Eliot Sirota for Star Wars: Unlimited Power
(Award introduced by The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni, and via video, George Lucas)

Be sure to check out all our photos on the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards Flickr Gallery!

Stay tuned on Star Wars Blog for profiles of all the award winners.

Comic-Con 2011: Han in Ice, Her Universe & Hallmark

StarWars.com Team | July 21, 2011

If you had any doubts that R2-D2 and Han Solo are the coolest characters in Star Wars before, Kotobukiya has a product that finally proves it with these ice and chocolate mold silicone trays.


In their booth in the Star Wars Pavilion at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, CA, fans can see Han in Ice and R2-D2 on the rocks with this fun display.

Her Universe is also back in full “Force” at this year’s Comic-Con, showing off their latest geek girl Star Wars fashions. Ashley Eckstein also tells us that they have new clothes and accessories for awesome SyFy shows like Warehouse 13 and Battlestar Galactica for those fans who like to mix up their sci-fi.

If you have a Boba Fett-ish, then Her Universe has the clothes for you!

Another hit in the Star Wars Pavilion are the new holiday ornaments from Hallmark! Darth Maul never looked more festive!

Check out the latest photos in our Comic-Con 2011 Photo Gallery on Flickr.

Be sure to stay tuned here for more Star Wars news, photos and info at San Diego Comic-Con International 2011!

Comic-Con 2011: The Rebel Base Experience

StarWars.com Team | July 21, 2011

Starting off San Diego Comic-Con International with a bang… quite literally the biggest bang in a galaxy far, far away! Fans got a first look at the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray in The Rebel Base Experience. Inside the mysterious giant box, fans got to experience one of the Saga’s most iconic moments — the destruction of the Death Star — from a unique, in-universe vantage point at booth #3528.

Here’s a sneak peek inside:


Check out the latest photos in our Comic-Con 2011 Photo Gallery on Flickr.

Stay tuned for more Comic-Con coverage and surprises right here!

The Giant Cardboard R2-D2 You’re Looking For!

Bonnie Burton | July 18, 2011

Star Wars fan Len Komanac made this gigantic R2-D2 for an art exhibit.

OddityCentral.com reports:

Len used to 4 fridge boxes, 5 AC boxes, 3 dryer boxes, 3 rolls of blue duct tape, 1 roll of aluminum tape, 52 glue sticks, 1 can of white paint and 2 sharpie pens to make this gigantic R2-D2. He worked on it for 50 hours. This super-sized version of R2-D2 will be showcased at the “Dr. StrangeLen or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make the Art” exhibit, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, so if you’re in the area between July 16 and September 2, don’t miss the chance to check it out.

Read more about it here :
Star Wars Fan Builds Giant R2-D2 Model

Students Build JediBot!

StarWars.com Team | July 18, 2011

Using a robot arm, Microsoft’s Kinect sensor and custom software, students at Stanford University were able to teach a robot how to weird a foam lightsaber.

ExtremeTech reports:

The robot arm is pre-programmed with a bunch of “attack moves” and it defends by using the Kinect to track the green lightsaber. To attack, JediBot performs a random attack move, and if it meets resistance — another lightsaber, a skull, some ribs — it recoils and performs another, seemingly random, attack. It can attack once every two to three seconds — so it isn’t exactly punishing, but presumably it would only require a little knob-tweaking to make it a truly killer robot.

To defend, the JediBot uses the Kinect sensor to pick the green lightsaber out of the background (that’s why it isn’t blue), and performs depth analysis to work out where it is in comparison to the robot’s lightsaber. If you watch the video, the tracking is remarkably fast, and it’s probably very hard to actually land a blow on the robot.

WATCH VIDEO: Stanford Students Create JediBot

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