Posts Tagged ‘Celebration IV’



Stroller of the Dark Side

StarWars.com Team | June 20, 2007

Even younger fans like to travel in an Imperial fashion. Spotted at Celebration IV, these parents tricked out their stroller to show off their love for Star Wars.

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SOURCES: Thingamababy; BoingBoing; ClubJade

Astromechs in Action

Pablo Hidalgo | June 12, 2007

A showcase of some of the amazing astromech droids crafted by the R2 Builders, including clips from the Extreme Droid Challenge and proof that R5-D4 should have been a daycare supervisor. Kids love him.

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Fan Film Winner Profile: Essence of the Force

StarWars.com Team | June 8, 2007

As the winner for the Best Action Award with his film Essence of the Force for the Fan Movie Challenge presented by Lucasfilm and AtomFilms, Nevada-based filmmaker Pat Kerby discusses the challenges of making an impressive action film on a tight schedule when your Sith Lord has a day job.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influence your work?

George Lucas’s films were a big inspiration to me. Once I decided I was going to be a filmmaker I paid close attention to what he did. I learned that good casting and a good story are very important. I admired his independent spirit of filmmaking, for the most part working outside of the Hollywood system. I hope he continues to work to revolutionize filmmaking. The distribution system needs revamping!

What is the backstory regarding your film? Where did you get your idea?

One day my wife asked me to do something and I told her that I’d try. She said, “There is no try, there is only do” — butchering the quote from Yoda. As I started to explain what Yoda actually said, it hit me that that phrase would be a great punch line for a Mountain Dew commercial. I pitched the idea to some friends, and we decided to do it. I had met Thomas Dupont, a brilliant swordsman who worked at the King Arthur’s Tournament show at Excalibur in Las Vegas at the time (he has since become the sword master on Pirates of the Caribbean, and your very own Indiana Jones 4), and had been wanting to work with him. He loved the idea, and after that everything just fell together. The Las Vegas filmmaking community came together to support the project, and after a month or two of pre production, three nights of shooting, and about six months of post (between regular jobs), we had a product that was a nice demo for myself, Thomas, and the whole Vegas filmmaking community.

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Fan Film Winner Profile: Forced Alliance

StarWars.com Team | June 6, 2007

As the winners for the Best Fan Fiction: Drama & Audience Choice Award with their film Forced Alliance for the Fan Movie Challenge presented by Lucasfilm and AtomFilms, filmmakers Randy Bookman and Gerry Santos discuss what obstacles and surprises they had making a film that showcases an impressive lightsaber battle as the Jedi and Sith clash in a far away cantina.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influence your work?

Randy Bookman: The intent of Forced Alliance is to get it to the creators of the new Star Wars television series and use it as our calling card. We want to be a part of the creative force (no pun intended) making the show.

What is the backstory regarding your film? Where did you get your idea?

Randy Bookman: Throughout all six Star Wars films, the balance between good and evil has been a major theme. Yet a true balance is never fully realized. Can there be a middle ground? Or is there only good and evil? The real world reflects otherwise. Like the original Star Wars film, our story has undertones of the current social-political issues that the world deals with today. It’s a little darker and at the same time there is hope for what could be.

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Fan Film Winner Profile: Anton Bogaty for IG-88: The Dancing Robot

StarWars.com Team | June 4, 2007

As the winner for the Best Animated Movie Award with his film IG-88: The Dancing Robot for the Fan Movie Challenge presented by Lucasfilm and AtomFilms, filmmaker Anton Bogaty mixes clever animated characters with a catchy soundtrack from friend Ollie Glatzer (aka Mr. Zillion). The Seattle-based filmmaker chats about why bounty hunter IG-88 just so happens to have some skills on the dance floor with a little help from Mixmaster Lobot.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? How has George Lucas and his films influence your work?

I wanted to try and make a music video using some of the electronic music my friend Ollie Glatzer (aka Mr. Zillion) produces. The first idea was a more original piece starring a nameless robot but I think it was Ollie who started to push for a Star Wars-oriented idea. I figured that I would just try and get all of my Star Wars appreciation out into this one video and then swear to never desecrate Lucas’ creations ever again. I was a little kid when the original trilogy was released and it was clearly obvious even to a five-year-old that the Star Wars films were just so full of amazing artistic detail and love for cinema that only the living dead could escape their influence. American Graffiti is still a film that I watch over and over again. I just make nonsense cartoons but that movie is basically a two-hour film school education for my soul. It’s just an amazing movie.

What is the backstory regarding your film? Where did you get your idea?

For some reason Ollie and I became fixated on the IG-88 character. Along with the Snowtrooper, he was the action figure to have back in 1980. It might have been because he came equipped with two blue guns. As cool as he was, he still came across as a bit awkward. It’s hard to really imagine him truly doing action moves in the heat of battle, having toasters for feet and all. But he compensated by wielding two guns I suppose. Ollie’s music was a solid dance beat so the idea quickly became IG-88 trying to hang out in an Imperial night club of sorts. We fixed on the idea of trying to make the film in early April of this year. I knew of the Star Wars fan film contest and we found out its deadline was May 1. It quickly became a challenge of sorts to do the whole thing in a month’s time. I’m always one who enjoys working under a tight deadline, doing the best I can and living with the results, I guess. Again, I figured that I would never get to make another Star Wars-themed video ever again so I stuffed it with everything I appreciated and could remember regarding the franchise.

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Twirling Leia

Bonnie Burton | June 4, 2007

While the Star Wars Celebration IV party was in full swing on Saturday night, a young fan dressed as Princess Leia twirled the night away right below our makeshift office. She eventually spotted us waving to her from upstairs in the starwars.com room where we were all toiling away on the site, so she came up to say hello with her father in tow… and urged us to quit working and start dancing!

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Fan Film Winner Profile: Chad Vader

StarWars.com Team | May 30, 2007

As the winner for the coveted George Lucas Select Award with their film Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager, filmmakers Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda never realized that their viral cult classic series of the Dark Lord of the Sith (or at least his brother) who works in a grocery store would be seen by the Maker himself for the Fan Movie Challenge presented by Lucasfilm and AtomFilms. The Wisconsin-based filmmakers chat about their hit series, and how hard it can be to use the Force to move produce and stay awake under fluorescent lights at 3 a.m.

What is the back story regarding your film? Where did you get your idea for your film?

Aaron Yonda: The original idea for Chad Vader came from a friend of mine named Tim Harmston. I had a one-page script in my archives he and another friend of mine had written about Darth Vader who works in a convenience store, kills his employees, and basically acts like Darth Vader would. Matt and I had seen a lot of Darth Vader fish-out-of-water ideas in the past and wanted to changed this idea a little so we made it Darth’s little brother, who has the same look and powers but not the same confidence or backbone to use those abilities. And we gave him a heart. Chad doesn’t really want to kill people, he just wants them to like him, but he’s got a lot of inner conflicts. Once we had created a unique character out of Chad we became really excited about the idea and we started trying to find a way to make the film.

I really liked the idea of Darth’s younger brother working in a grocery store. It’s as if his younger brother never left the small town they grew up in and has to live in the shadow of his more successful older brother. We make a lot of short films but I was really excited to wear the Darth Vader costume. And once we had a good imitation of his voice down things really came together.

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Watching Young Lando Grow Up

Pablo Hidalgo | May 30, 2007

This is my favorite thing about covering several Celebrations: running into familiar people again and again.

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Celebration II (2002)

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Celebration III (2005)

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Celebration IV (2007)

Fan Movie Challenge Winners

StarWars.com Team | May 27, 2007

A Celebration tradition continued under a new name tonight on the Petree Stage as Lucasfilm and AtomFilms presented the sixth annual Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge awards. Congratulations to all the winners.

 

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(Photo by Jenny Elwick)

Best Action: Essence of the Force by Pat Kerby. (Presented by Lucasfilm’s Event Coordinator Mary Franklin).
Best Short Subject: Incident at Toshi Station by Mike McMahan. (Presented by Model Makers Don Bies and Jon Berg).

Best Animated Movie: IG-88: The Dancing Robot by Anton Bogaty. (Presented by Lucas Online Content Manager Pablo Hidalgo).

Best Comedy: The Eyes of Darth Tater by Lee Vehe. (Presented by Fanboys Director Kyle Newman).

Best Fan Fiction: Drama & Audience Choice Award: Forced Alliance by Randolph Bookman and Gerry Santos. (Presented by Chris Albrecht of AtomFilms).

George Lucas Select Award: Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager by Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda. (Presented by Lucasfilm Senior Director of Marketing, Tom Warner).

Head over to starwars.atomfilms.com to see all the winners. Check back soon for profiles on the winning filmmakers.

Webstrip Chatter at Celebration IV

Pablo Hidalgo | May 27, 2007

Earlier today at Celebration IV, Joe Corroney, Tom Hodges and myself sat and chatted with Hyperspace members in the Fan Club Lounge. Much of the chatter was about The Clone Wars trailer, which had just debuted that day, but we did turn specifically to the subject of webstrips eventually, and here’s what we had to say.

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