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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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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
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
- Green, pink, red, white and yellow felt
- Small googly eyes
- Thin cardboard
- Large plastic Easter egg
- Feather gift wrap decoration (optional)
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.
Looking for something to do with your action figures and in the mood to wear a funky, Star Wars-themed headpiece? Don’t be a silent sufferer. Take action. Follow these simple steps to make your very own gilded, stylish and ever-so-practical Star Wars headband.
All you need is:
- Star Wars action figure (or any other Star Wars toy)
- Gold spray paint
- Plastic headband
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Additional embellishments, such as craft balls.