Archive for 2012
I’ve learned a few things at Celebration VI, and I can share one piece of important advice with you: if you ever get the chance to see Carrier Fisher live, you shouldn’t miss it. Princess Leia came to the main stage tonight, and she was as charming as ever. I don’t think that even Darth Vader could have resisted her wit.
James Arnold Taylor made me cry tonight. Twice. I won’t hold it against him though. He performed his one man show, Talking To Myself, at the Chapin Theater for 3,000 fans, and it was an experience I won’t be forgetting any time soon. Fans know him best as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but that’s not all he does. He’s an incredibly talented voice actor, and you’ve probably heard him in more things than you can even imagine. He shared his world and skills with us tonight.
There was a lot of speculation as to what Smuggler’s Gambit would be about. As one fan told me, “all I know is it’s a radio show written by Kyle Newman so you know it’s gonna be awesome.” And indeed it was! Kyle Newman began the evening by telling us a little bit about how Smuggler’s Gambit came about. Newman said that what we were about to see was a, “Han Solo (original trilogy era) radio drama for all ages.”
I went into the future of Star Wars in 3D panel excited to see clips from Attack of the Clones and walked out with a much greater appreciation for what it takes to make the films suitable for 3D. I have to admit that I didn’t realize the extent of the process. It took about a year to transform The Phantom Menace from start to finish. Impressive, most impressive. Visual effects supervisors and masters Dennis Muren and John Knoll took the stage to discuss the painstaking work that goes into the conversion process.
Today on the Fan Stage at Celebration VI, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a panel entitled “Star Wars and NASA: Science Fiction and Science Fact,” with Holly Griffith, a friend of mine who works as an International Space Station flight controller for NASA Mission Control in Houston, TX. Holly and I were joined by Travis and Michelle Fitzgerald, two fellow flight controllers on the ISS, and Dennis Bonilla, an open government consultant who works with NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As befits such a great lineup of smart and talented space geeks (I’m excluding myself, of course!), our panel filled the 840-seat Fan Stage! (more…)
The Super Secret Panel with Todd, Seth, and Matt may not have been as secret today, but I don’t think the fact that people already knew a little made it any less funny. Plus, a very special guest did show up at the end of the panel who wasn’t at yesterday’s session. The team behind the new Star Wars Detours jumped right in and showed us the trailer but only after they had James Arnold Taylor taken off stage by some bounty hunters. I bet no one told Taylor that was part of his hosting duties.