Archive for ‘Fans and Community’

The Innovations of Star Wars and How They Inspire

Albin Johnson | January 31, 2013

There’s a simple rule to most movies: Amputees are bad guys.

Almost without fail, if there’s a guy with a hook for a hand or one who walks with a limp or has a glass eye, then he’s a bad dude. It’s an easy metaphor to slide into movies and it extends past just amputated limbs. A character wears some disfiguring mark or bears the burden of some horrible malady, and you leave the viewer with the idea that there’s a dark past explaining it or some bad moral compass that led to it.

Tattoos and robot limbs make for a strong reputation.

Tattoos and robot limbs make for a strong reputation.


The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: Scenes at 100%

Casey Pugh | January 31, 2013

Star Wars Uncut Yoda Poem

100%! 100%! 100%! In the wee hours of Sunday morning (1:04 a.m. EST to be exact), we reached an important landmark: we have officially received a submission for every scene in The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. That’s 480 scenes, fuzzballs.


Star Wars Fansite Seminar Highlights

Austin Blankenship | January 25, 2013


Have you ever wanted to start your own Star Wars fansite? On January 24, a new event took place to gather all of the information that you need to know about taking your first step into the larger world of fansites! The first ever Star Wars Fansite Seminar was a smashing success, as fans from across the globe took to Twitter to join in the fun. The seminar was the perfect opportunity for fansite creators to share advice on how to design and manage a Star Wars fansite, with many readers chiming in as well. There were even appearances from Star Wars authors and other VIPs! Miss out on the seminar? Here are 10 of the most instructive tweets from throughout the day:


Star Wars Fansite Seminar

Chris Carey | January 24, 2013


Today, Star Wars fans across the world will come together on Twitter for the first ever Star Wars Fansite Seminar. The idea behind this seminar is simple: Star Wars fans worldwide, with years of experience running Star Wars fan websites, want to share the tips, tricks, and secrets that they’ve learned to help fans that are looking to jump into the world of Star Wars fandom. Whether you are looking for sage advice on how to start a Star Wars website of your own, or would simply like the opportunity to interact with fans and maybe find a new fan website to follow or contribute to, the Star Wars Fansite Seminar provides a great opportunity for passionate fans to learn firsthand how to direct their love of Star Wars into something that could rival the size of the Death Star!

The Star Wars Fansite Seminar is hosted by Fandom Apocalypse, and will be a 24 hour event. Everyone is invited to join us! To participate in this seminar, simply use the hashtag #SWFS in your tweets. You can also search Twitter using that hashtag to find a host of fansites and fansite contributors to direct your questions and comments.

Marching with the Maker: A 501st Legion Reflection

Albin Johnson | January 17, 2013


The recent holidays brought back some very special Star Wars memories to me. It was only six years ago on a cold New Year’s morning that over 200 armored men and women were gathered outside a hotel in Pasadena, clustered in squads that waited anxiously as large tour buses came and went like Imperial shuttles to take them away for a very special mission. That was the year George Lucas was named grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade. And he had made it clear from the very start what he wanted as grand marshal. He wanted Imperial Stormtroopers to march with him in the parade. A LOT of Stormtroopers.


Call for Star Wars Commercial By Fans, for Fans

James DeJulio | January 11, 2013


If you haven’t heard, this fall we’re getting Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith released back-to-back, in glorious 3D. As part of that release, Lucasfilm has joined Forces (sorry, inevitable) with Pringles to help promote the release of both films and everyone’s favorite snack. Now, I know what you’re thinking: cross-promotional marketing opportunity, Madison Ave., eyes rolling back, snarky Tweet… But hang on and give me 500 words to explain why this is exactly NOT that, and actually a very smart and innovative way to bring some new energy to advertising and create a serious opportunity for some up-and-coming talent.


Hang On to Your Helmet — The Holidays Are Over!

Mary Franklin | January 8, 2013


For roughly the past month it’s been the same:

  • “We can rethink that floorplan after the holidays.”
  • “I can have the answers you need after the holidays.”
  • “We’ll send those links after the holidays.”
  • “After the holidays we’ll be ready to revisit this.”
  • “The document will be completed for you after the holidays.”
  • Etc. etc. etc. “after the holidays.”

Honestly, it’s a good tradition that people in the world disconnect and focus on something other than work for a few weeks each winter. Family, friends, travel, avoiding cliffs, a few good books and movies — whatever it is that refuels us, it’s probably healthy for humankind.


The Empire Strikes Back Uncut Streamy Awards Nomination

Casey Pugh | January 2, 2013

Star Wars Uncut Streamy Nominee

Who’s scruffy-looking now?!

Congrats, fans: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut has been nominated for this year’s Streamy Awards!! The Streamy Awards honors creativity and excellence in original online video programming, picking out the best actors, directors, producers, and everything else in the world of web video.


Holidays On Ice

Mary Franklin | December 24, 2012


December 25th – provided that the world has not ended per the Mayan calendar – I’ll be flying to Hoth.

More specifically, I’ll be flying to Cordova, Alaska for the holidays, where I used to live before I came to work at Lucasfilm. It will be dark and cold and icy, and some of my dearest friends will be there. Somehow my Alaska friends carry on at full speed no matter how far the mercury drops down or the snow piles up. I used to be president of ye old Star Wars Online Fan Club when I lived there – a long time ago before was even born yet.


The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: The Foodie Force

Casey Pugh | December 21, 2012


Star Wars fans love to eat. Or, at least it looks like it, according to all these pizza slices, green pea piles, and whipped dessert toppings found in the scenes submitted for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.

The Empire Strikes Back‘s many planets give fans ample reason to dig into their scene-setting skills: Hoth, Cloud City, that pesky space slug. As more people are re-imagining scenes for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, it’s pretty clear that a lot of people paint in a palette of awesome-looking food groups.

Check out some of our favorite foodie fan-takes after the jump!