Archive for 2011



Halloween, Industrial Strength

Pete Vilmur | October 25, 2011


2011 — Shawn Feeney (video here)

For one night every year, the creative minds of Industrial Light & Magic are loosed upon the world to determine which among them — artist, sculptor, rigger, or animator — can conjure up the coolest, cleverest, creepiest or kookiest Halloween costume.

The annual ILM Halloween Party has long been a tradition for the Bay Area special effects house, an event originally staged at Industrial Light & Magic’s San Rafael, California address. Though the venue has changed in recent years, the party goes on, and with it, a new festive invitation for company employees.

Until recently, ILMers and employees of the various Lucasfilm divisions received a physical invitation to the Halloween party, which often exhibited cool and quirky artwork designed and illustrated by the ILM Art Dept. In 2009, the invitations went digital, and for 2011, the very first video invitation has been created, courtesy of ILM’s Shawn Feeney (you can check out Feeney’s stop-motion pumpkin-carving prowess here).

Be sure to also check out the last fifteen or so year’s worth of ILM Halloween Party invites below (some have been slightly modified to hide venue info), and if 2005 turns up, we’ll update the post!

2010 – Designer: Shawn Feeney

2009 — Designer: Marci Velando

Detail:
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Star Wars Halloween Masks

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2011

Need a last-minute, free costume for Halloween but you’re just not sure which Star Wars character you’d like to be?

Download and print these retro masks originally from Random House Publishing’s 1983 book, The Star Wars Book of Masks!

If you prefer, dress up as your favorite Revenge of the Sith characters with these Prequel Masks!

If you’d rather trick-or-treat as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the rest of your favorite characters from our animated TV show, check out these The Clone Wars Masks

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Star Wars Pumpkin Stencils

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2011

No Halloween is complete without a scary pumpkin in the window to greet trick or treaters. Make your own Star Wars pumpkin with these handy printout designs and easy steps below.

DOWNLOAD STAR WARS STENCILS PDF HERE.

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Sculpt a Halloween Yoda Pumpkin

Bonnie Burton | October 24, 2011

Sculptor/illustrator Lawrence Noble gives step-by-step tips on how to make your very own festive Yoda creation just in time for Halloween. Ask your parents to help do the cutting and carving.

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin – 6 to 8″ in diameter
  • Couple of oranges
  • A gourd
  • Tea light candle or glow stick
  • Straight pins
  • Serrated knife
  • Pumpkin carving kit

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1977 Chewbacca Disguise Kit “For Teens and Adults”

Pete Vilmur | October 24, 2011

With several false starts attempting to justify the existence of the 1977 Chewbacca 3-Piece Disguise Kit, we have decided to simply post these pics without comment…

…except to say that the final shot below is of an 11-year-old donning the “disguise” before we realized it was meant, as the package reads, “for teens and adults.”

Riiiiiiiight…

Inside How to Speak Wookiee

StarWars.com Team | October 21, 2011

Art by JAKe

Ever wonder how to order a Bantha Burger or talk about Picasso with Wookiees? Now you can learn how to flirt AND conduct business meetings with Chewbacca’s friends. The new book How to Speak Wookiee from Chronicle Books shows you how to do this and more with chapters like “At the Restaurant” and “On Public Transportation!” Plus the book has handy sound files so you can sound like a Wookiee in no time!

Star Wars artist JAKe illustrates the book with his unique and whimsical style. Born in Hull, England, JAKe was raised by Wookiees from a young age. He speaks the Wookiee language fluently, but with a strong Northern accent. He now lives and works in London, and would never use a cheap Jedi mind-trick to make you visit his site Jake-art.com.

StarWars.com chats with JAKe about his illustrations for the book, his favorite scenes and if his Wookiee roar has improved.


How did you decide what Wookiee scenes you wanted to draw?

The script for the book came in and some scenes like the restaurant and art gallery, where already in the text. Some of the others scenes just specified “Wookiee Scenario” so I could come up with my own scene. I thought it was important to have a holochess scene.

I love the restaurant scene… though shouldn’t a Wookiee chef wear a hair net?

He IS wearing a hair net. It’s just that it’s a barely visible full body hair net. That particular chef specializes in rural Wookiee cuisine. In some remote parts of Kashyyyk, it’s considered good luck for visitors to eat a dish containing Wookiee chef hair. Coughing up the furballs at the end of the meal is the Wookiee equivalent of the dessert trolley.

Wookiees in a Meeting is another one of my favorite scenes! What kind of things do you think Wookiees talk about in meetings?

Wookiees discuss many subjects in meetings, but mainly, discussions start with “Is the air-conditioning actually on in this building?” (“Arrrrrwrrrrrronnkkk raarrh”) and continue in this vein, until someone mentions the topic of lunch. Wookiees have a distinct low tolerance for management-speak like “Blue sky thinking,” “Going Forward” and “Singing from the same hymn sheet” and subsequently, the sound of arms being ripped from sockets is a common sound throughout the intergalactic business community.

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Vote for the Next Star Wars Action Figure

StarWars.com Team | October 21, 2011

Take part in the official Hasbro Fans’ Choice poll to decide which Star Wars character will go into production next!

Star Wars Insider magazine and Hasbro have joined forces to give Star Wars fans the chance to vote for a Star Wars character to be made into an action figure! The figure will be included in Hasbro’s Star Wars action figure line in 2013, in time for the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi.

There are twenty Star Wars characters in the running. The winning character will be announced at Hasbro’s 2012 Collector-Fan Media Day event at Toy Fair in New York in February 2012.

“Everybody loves collecting Star Wars and this is a rare chance to vote for a character to be made into an action figure, says Jonathan Wilkins, Star Wars Insider editor. “There are some really diverse characters to choose from; from the movies to the Expanded Universe; from the dreaded Emperor Palpatine to the cute Princess Kneesa. We want as many fans as possible to get involved! Who will you choose? You can read more about the history of the fan poll in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, out now! Get voting!”

The toy that makes it into production will be decided by this poll alone, so this really is your chance to stake a claim for the toy you’d like to own most.

To place your vote, visit the Star Wars Insider magazine website.

Yoda Helps an Autistic Flower Girl

StarWars.com Team | October 20, 2011

Yoda is the kind of Jedi Master who gives great advice, but he also serves as a symbol for bravery. To one young fan, Yoda became a friend she could lean on when a crowded wedding made her nervous.

Offbeat Bride Blog this week reports of an autistic flower girl who wore her Yoda backpack during a wedding to give her extra courage.

T, the flower girl, had spent the morning hiding under the bed. She has autism, and the prospect of an event with all those people was pretty daunting. T’s aunty finally coaxed her out from under the bed with the promise of a Yoda backpack. Her aunt took her to the toy shop, and from that moment on Yoda sat on her shoulder and she seemed to feel safe with him there.

When it came time to put on the dress and head to the church T flat refused to go without Yoda on her shoulder. Her mother, the bride, said to her family “If Yoda helps T get to the church and walk down that aisle with all those people watching, then Yoda is coming!”

Read more here:
Help you down the aisle I must: The day Yoda empowered an autistic flower girl (via Offbeat Bride)

Meet Bones the AT-AT Dog!

StarWars.com Team | October 19, 2011

photos: John Nolan

This adorkable AT-AT dog costume made the rounds last week online. As a craftster, I am always curious how fans make their elaborate cosplay costumes, especially for their pets.

StarWars.com chats with artist and photographer Katie Mello — who works as a Character Fabricator at LAIKA/house, an animation studio (Coraline) in Portland, Oregon — about how she made the AT-AT costume for her dog named Bones!

What is the back story of these photos? Why dress up your dog as an AT-AT?

I have been a Star Wars fan forever. When I was younger, I wanted to work for Industrial Light & Magic when I grew up. I studied everything I could about “special effects.”

By the time I got into college it was clear that everything would be done with computers and I was more interested in making tangible artwork. Lucky for me I discovered stop-motion animation. Now I build puppets for stop-motion productions, and have developed the skills that I need to make just about anything I want.

From the first time we saw Bones, an Italian Greyhound, my husband and I thought he looked like an AT-AT. He has such an unusual shape. Three years later, I finally made him this costume. I also used this opportunity to improve my patterning and sewing skills.

What did you make the costume out of?

First I made a costuming dummy out of upholstery foam, so I could minimize the amount of fittings that I would have to do on Bones. His comfort is important to me. To make the form, I carved the foam into Bones likeness and made sure it matched his measurements. This made the whole process much easier, and I can make other costumes for him very easily now.

The main body is a super-stretchy cotton/spandex, which I patterned for Bones using a shirt that he wears to keep warm. I also made a stretchy cowl to go over his head. I airbrushed this while it was on the costume dummy using airbrush paint.

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Chewbacco!

Bonnie Burton | October 19, 2011

Check out this Chewbacca sculpture made by artist Terry Border. It’s made with plastic snuff container, wire armature, dried chewing tobacco and glue. His bandolier is made from electrical and duct tape.

Read more about this here:
Chewing Tobacco Chewbacca from Terry Border (/via Craft Zine)