Archive for ‘Creativity’



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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Pringles’ “The Force For Fun” Contest: Darth Visits

Steven Houser | May 23, 2013

If you ever walk into my studio you will notice three things: triple monitors, movie posters, and lots of film gear. Working mostly as a cinematographer, my expertise also includes writing, producing, directing, editing, and special effects. It keeps my current days here in the Hoosier State of Indiana pretty busy. In my free time I also created the Indiana FILM IT Project on Facebook. I have a passion for creating. To be able to make an impact with something I created and to entertain people by making them laugh, smile, or think is extremely rewarding. That’s just a great feeling, and that’s why I love my work.

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Pringles’ “The Force For Fun” Contest: Imitating Darth

David Brashear | May 15, 2013

I never thought I would give direction to Darth Vader. Granted it was for a Pringles commercial contest, but it was still a surreal experience seeing Darth Vader walk onto set for the first time. The entire cast and crew went silent for a moment. Years of childhood memories rushed to our minds. I think Darth Vader broke the spell when he asked, “So what’s my cue?” in a very non-Darth Vader sounding voice.

Through a crowdsourcing site called Tongal, I submitted and won a pitch to produce a video for Pringles and Star Wars, with the potential of it becoming a national TV commercial. My script was based on another crowdsourced idea called “Imitating Vader.” I thought the idea was great in its simplicity, but I was skeptical the Pringles can would really work as a voice changer. So I bought some Pringles and tried it out. To my surprise, it actually worked quite well. Pringles really should start printing “Free Darth Vader Voice Changer” on every can.

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Pringles’ “The Force For Fun” Contest: Don’t Hold Your Breath

Matt Sklar | May 9, 2013

I must say, when I was in the third grade, sitting cross-legged watching Episode IV on VHS, I never would’ve imagined that I would one day be making something even remotely connected to the Star Wars universe. When Colin and I discovered the opportunity to make a Pringles/Star Wars tie-in commercial, we jumped at the chance to make our own. Like, for real, we both jumped simultaneously and high-fived. I wish someone could’ve freeze-framed us. Seriously though, we’ve been frequent contributors to the crowdsourcing video contest community, but choosing this project was an obvious no-brainer.

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Star Wars Lucha Libre Masks

StarWars.com Team | May 5, 2013

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, but it’s also the day after May the 4th. You may still be feeling the need to celebrate Star Wars today, but don’t know how. Fear not; there is a way to make Cinco de Mayo strong with the Force.

Ever wonder what it would be like to see a tag-team wrestling match with Darth Vader and Darth Maul against Boba Fett and General Grievous? We do too, and better yet, they should be wearing Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) masks!

Lucha Libre masks hold special meaning for the luchadores who wear them. The masks represent animals, legendary heroes and ancient gods. The luchador never reveals his true identity by taking off his mask or he could be disqualified from a match. Even when luchadores retire, they often still wear their masks in public.

Here’s what we think Star Wars luchadores masks should look like, illustrated by Star Wars artist Randy Martinez. Print them out and wear them for fun!

Download and print out these luchadores masks:

The Force Is Strong with Them: Announcing the Winners of We Love Fine’s “Dark Side Design” Contest

StarWars.com Team | May 4, 2013

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In February, We Love Fine, purveyors of some of the Internet’s most inventive and creative fan-made tees, asked designers to call on the power of the dark side for their Dark Side Design Contest. The theme of the contest: submit T-shirt designs featuring only Sith, bounty hunters, and other scum and villainy of the Star Wars universe. Fans embraced the challenge, and now the winners — selected by a panel of guest celebrity judges — can be revealed!

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DIY Princess Leia Cinna-Bun Headpiece: The Perfect May the 4th Headgear

Tessa Braun | May 3, 2013

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This May the 4th, show off your buns! Get your Alderaan on and craft this stylish and delicious Princess Leia Cinna-Bun Headpiece. This project will let you display your Star Wars pride, and then eat it afterwards.

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Star Wars Mocktails

Kristen Hidalgo | April 30, 2013

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Years before I started working in events at Lucasfilm, I worked in the kitchen at Skywalker Ranch. I’ve since traded a chef’s knife for a laptop, but every once in a while I get to play in the kitchen again.

To help celebrate May the 4th I was asked to create some recipes for Star Wars-themed mocktails. Each drink had to combine fun Star Wars elements into something delicious to drink. Challenge accepted!

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Jaxxon Easter Egg Diorama Craft

Bonnie Burton | March 29, 2013

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While a galaxy far, far away might not be home to the Easter Bunny, it is home for the Star Wars smuggler Jaxxon, who just so happens to be a Lepi — a green rabbit species hailing from Coachelle Prime. Pay tribute to this beloved Expanded Universe character with this easy-to-make Easter craft.

What You Need:

  • green, red and small brown pom-poms
  • Colored pipe cleaners
  • Colored ribbon
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Green, pink, red, white and yellow felt
  • Small googly eyes
  • Thin cardboard
  • Large plastic Easter egg
  • Feather gift wrap decoration (optional)

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From Origami Yoda to ART2-D2

Tom Angleberger | March 26, 2013

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Sometimes people ask how I choose the Origami characters for my books. The odd thing is that they sort of choose me. Yoda was the start of the whole thing. I wasn’t sitting in front of blank computer screen wondering what to write about…I was actually folding an Origami Yoda. The book was inspired by the origami, not the other way around. And if the origami hadn’t fit on my finger like a puppet, none of it would have happened.

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