Archive for ‘Creativity’



Star Wars Fangirls Go Back to School with Inspiration

Ashley Eckstein | September 10, 2013

A new school year has started and many young Padawans are taking Star Wars to school with them. Star Wars backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles, binders, and folders. Most of these items feature the male characters of Star Wars, leaving us fangirls to get crafty if we want something featuring female Star Wars heroines and/or villains. I got this idea from fellow fangirl Kristen, who posted this photo of her first grader’s school binder on my Her Universe Facebook page.

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Troopers and Rebels: Behind the Magic at SDCC 2013

Lawrence Green | July 31, 2013

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For members of the 501st and Rebel Legions, virtually every week means another opportunity somewhere in the world to put on our outfits, giving back to our local communities and helping raise donations for worthwhile causes. But it also means having FUN bringing Star Wars to life for fellow fans (and really, for ourselves, too), watching fans getting excited about interacting with their favorite Star Wars characters, and seeing the big smiles that come over everyone’s faces.

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Building a Better R2: R2 Builders Prepare for Celebration Europe

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Actually, I have to admit, that headline is borrowed from Don Bies, droid wrangler at Lucasfilm during the filming of Episodes I – III. The same line was used for his preparations for the prequels.

However, on a much more hobbyist scale, it also applies to any R2 Builder in the world.

Building an astromech is not a quick job, as there’s no “complete kit” available, and it can take years to get to a point where you can say your droid is finished. And once there you soon discover glitches. Things break, the middle foot rattles, the dome turns too slow, etc.

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Pringles’ “The Force For Fun” Contest: Wookiee Mistake

Brooke Dooley | June 17, 2013

If there’s one thing that creative collaborators can agree on, it’s that they love Chewie — especially a dancing Chewie.

Enter filmmaking duo “Side of Fries” comprised of Jordan Allen and Luke Rocheleau, who got together to co-write and co-direct “A Wookiee Mistake,” a Pringles commercial infused with Star Wars influences and characters for “The Force For Fun” program. One of the lead characters is Frank: the loyal office Wookiee who is oblivious to his mistakes.

After producing the commercial, I spoke with Jordan and Luke about their inspiration for creating Frank’s character and what it was like to work with an actual Wookiee.

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Fully Operational Fandom: Scissors Are the Lightsabers of Crafting

Amy Ratcliffe | June 13, 2013

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One of my favorite activities at summer camp when I was a kid was crafting. I wasn’t remotely athletic. The camp’s pond was a muddy brown, and I didn’t like to imagine what was beneath the surface. There wasn’t horseback riding and only a few hikes so I spent as much time as possible making friendship bracelets, creating images with Perler beads, and experimenting with Shrinky Dinks. I sadly didn’t know anything about Star Wars at that age (I’m a late bloomer), otherwise I’m sure I would have been making Leia buns from yarn and paper-mache astromechs.

It’s just a fun way to express your fandom. Tons of fans choose to funnel their passion for Star Wars into crafting home goods and wearables.

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Pringles’ “The Force For Fun” Contest: Sounds Like a Party

Team Spaceman | June 7, 2013

Hey everybody,

We’re Jared and Dave from Team Spaceman, and we were once kids. It was awesome being kids. Everyone should try it! When we made one of the finalist videos for the Pringles and Star Wars “The Force For Fun” contest, we briefly got a chance to return to that childhood fun. We’re definitely excited to write about our experience creating this video — and our love of Star Wars — here on this guest blog. So thanks for reading!

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Making The Return of Return of the Jedi and Celebrating 30 Years of a Film I Love

Kyle Newman | June 3, 2013

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The making of The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting was a whirlwind experience to say the least.

Geoff Boucher of Entertainment Weekly rang me up in early spring to inform me of his plans to celebrate Return of the Jedi with a series of special screenings on May the 4th in conjunction with Lucasfilm. He asked me if I had interest in making something that could play before the main event to honor Jedi turning 30. I desperately wanted to help out but was deep in planning on my next feature film and it didn’t look likely. But two weeks before the screening the stars aligned and a window presented itself. Thankfully Geoff was still in need of an opening act for his Star Wars extravaganza.

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Pringles’ “The Force For Fun” Contest: Jim vs. Vader

Justin Johnson | May 30, 2013

The challenge was daunting: Take two massive brands and merge them into one epic entertaining video.

Erik and I are both well-versed in the intense flavor held captive in a canister of Pringles, and were formed in our early years by the brilliance of the Star Wars universe. In fact, Erik’s first prop was an AT-AT walker built from shoe boxes he made when he was eight, and one of the first movies I made as a child was a recreation of the Battle of Hoth in the cold Wisconsin snow.

We were eager to take up the mission but knew the stakes were some of the highest we’d faced to date.

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Winning WeLoveFine.com’s “Dark Side Design Contest”…and Coming Full Circle

Aaron Davis | May 28, 2013

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I grew up with Star Wars. It was as a huge part of my childhood development. I am 31 years old, Episode IV is older than I am. I never had a chance to see the original trilogy in the theaters. My first memories of Star Wars came from watching The Empire Strikes Back on an old VHS tape, recorded off of television. It wasn’t until we received a collector’s edition VHS set for Christmas that I experienced a Star Wars movie without the bits of commercials. Regardless, these stories are so powerful that, for me, three decades have passed and the films are still exciting and have progressed from simply a piece of pop culture to a modern day mythology.

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Bantha Tracks: Art Galaxy, May 2013

Mary Franklin | May 24, 2013

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The creativity of Star Wars fans and Bantha Tracks readers apparently never goes on summer holiday. In addition to artwork with pencil and stylus, this month we’re featuring some of my favorite images from the May the 4th fan landmark gallery from across the globe. Some of the photographers definitely went the extra mile to create works of art, and I want to give those photos a little extra time and attention.

Please enjoy this month’s fantastic and whimsical artwork from our readers!

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