Posts Tagged ‘Comic-Con’



Hasbro Star Wars Comic-Con Exclusive

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2010

Blair Butler from G4′s Attack of the Show visits Hasbro’s headquarters in Rhode Island to check out some of the new exclusive toys they’ll be revealing at San Diego Comic-Con 2010. And of course, that means Star Wars exclusives!

WATCH VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Hasbro’s Comic-Con Toys

Blair Butler (G4 – Attack of the Show):
It would not be Comic-Con without a Star Wars exclusive!

Chad Donvito (Senior Brand Manager, Hasbro):
It’s another comic pack with two exclusive figures. The real kind of “ah ha” for me in this pack is Darth Maul with bionic legs. So Darth Maul comes back and what would he look like if he was put back together again?

Blair:
It’s this crazy roided out Darth Maul after he got chopped in half by Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, and he’s back and has little spider legs, right?

Chad:
He does have spider legs. And the unexpected hero that comes along with him in this pack is Own Lars.

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SOURCE: G4: Attack of the Show

Fan Movie Winner Profile: Family Dysfunction

StarWars.com Team | August 16, 2009

As the winner for the Best Comedy Award presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge at San Diego Comic-Con International, Family Dysfunction shows the story of Darth Vader’s illegitimate son who idolizes him as a child, hates him as a teen and thinks he’s an old, washed-up Sith Lord as he enters his twenties.

Starwars.com chats with Arizona-based filmmaker Rich Scheirmann about his fan movie.

What is your background in film?

I made my first film at the age of eight or nine. It was an 8mm stop-animation short staring Star Wars action figures. Since then, my love of film and video has matured. In college, I received three degrees all in the cinema realm. Performance wise, I’ve done everything from stand-up comedy to stage performances and television hosting. Over the years, I’ve participated or created well over a hundred videos.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? Have you made a fan film before?

I remember being a kid and watching a documentary on Star Wars. The one thing that has stuck with me over all the years was Mr. Lucas’ tenacity. Over the last few decades, his aversion to complacency has brought about the largest technical advancements in film. Where would we be without THX, ILM and Lucasfilm’s digital evolution? I know I’d still be making 8mm stop animation flicks.

Where did you get your idea for your film?

The Skywalker family is the poster child for dysfunction. My original idea was a mock reality show that would explore the inadequacies of the Vader clan. I wanted it to be The Osbournes in space — only with lightsabers. This was a test run.

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Fan Movie Winner Profile: Star Wars: Cinemagic

StarWars.com Team | August 10, 2009

As the winner for the Spirit of Fandom Award presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge at San Diego Comic-Con International, Star Wars: Cinemagic takes a look at the Star Wars saga as an exciting ride through cinematic history.

Starwars.com chats with Texas-based filmmaker Joseph T. Presswood III.

What is your background in film? Did you make films as a youngster/teen?

I started back into film about six years ago, I had wanted to study film in college but the cost of getting a degree and the chances of getting a job didn’t balance out in my mind. I ended up getting my degree in Advertising from Texas State. Later, I would take film classes at night at Houston Community College (HCC). As a child I played a lot with the camera. One of the first videos my parents have is of me opening one of my gifts and getting excited when I see it’s a plastic film camera. I looked at Dad and said, “Santa gave me a movie ejector!”

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film? Have you made a fan film before?

I made Star Wars: Cinemagic three years ago for the 2007 Fan Movie Challenge but missed the deadline that year. The idea was to have something for the 30th anniversary of A New Hope. I thought it was a cool idea to do a short film that takes the audience on a trip through memory lane of the Star Wars universe.

I made a short called Pinball Wars back in 2004. The main difference is back then I didn’t make the short for the competition. I did Pinball Wars after I tried to make a film based on a George Carlin monologue for our class final at HCC. I spent a lot of time on that script and it didn’t work. The camera operator and lighting technician didn’t show and it was a disaster. So not to be embarrassed, I grabbed my brother and my dad’s camera and started filming Dave playing a pinball machine. I was watching a lot of Twilight Zone at the time and thought the man vs. machine angle on a Star Wars pinball machine was cool. My teacher liked it and told me about the competition. Was an amazing experience and I met a lot of talented directors at Comic-Con that year. Had a wonderful time!

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Fan Movie Winner Profile: Star Wars in a Notebook

StarWars.com Team | August 6, 2009

As the winner for the Best Animated Movie presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at this year’s Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge at San Diego Comic-Con International, Star Wars in a Notebook captured the imagination of what Star Wars would look like recreated with paper cut-outs in a notebook.

Starwars.com chats with Columbia-based filmmaker Oscar Fabián Triana Méndez.

What is your background in film? Did you make films as a youngster/teen?

I studied Graphic Design on the National University of Colombia, and last year I finished the new specialization in animation program at the same college. My first animated short-film, UnoCero (One-Zero) was made on 2003 while I was studying. It’s an animated film about a student who must choose his studies or the last minutes of a historic soccer game — our national team against Germany in the Italia ’90 World Cup.

Later, I was working for several years “pioneering” video game development here, and from the last year, I just came back to the storytelling and narrative side of animation. On the specialization program, I made a couple of short films and experiments, from stop-motion to rotoscopy, and a main project called ImaGeForce. It’s not finished yet but it touches a lot of points that I developed later in Star Wars in a Notebook like kids, memories and spaceships.

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

I have been following the fan films and the Atom site for a really long time — way back to high school. For years I wanted to enter the Fan Movie Challenge but I never had enough time to make a film until this year. I have always loved all things about heroes, robots, outer space, as any kid, and years later in college. Star Wars was, and is, the obligated reference as a key piece on the audiovisual medium.

My first contact with the films was halfway through middle school, a couple of years before Episode I. When I saw the original movies on VHS, and the new one in the cinema, I was blown way! I even made a pod racer model for a physics class. It was the time when I was thinking, “Hmm, what I’m going to do? What career fits best for me?” Watching the “making of” TV specials, and interviews with the artists behind the movies I said, as many people have been doing on the last 30 years, “This is something that I want to do; create amazing worlds, characters and adventures!”

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Kyle Newman Inducted By 501st Legion

StarWars.com Team | August 4, 2009

Photos: Lesley Farquhar

In addition to the 501st Legion uniting Star Wars fans worldwide, the group also recognizes those special people who contribute their time and talents to the Star Wars community. These people who support of the 501st and Star Wars fandom are called “Friends of the 501st Legion.”

During San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, the Southern California Garrison recognized Fanboys director Kyle Newman for his continual support of the 501st Legion as well as for his undying love for all things Star Wars.

Southern California Garrison XO Lesley Farquhar had this to say about their newest Friend of the 501st:

“We wanted Kyle Newman to be in the Legion for the simple fact that he’s as much of a fan as we are! His work on Fanboys shows his dedication to the Star Wars genre, and of course — by asking us to help out with various aspects of the film, he definitely made fans of us!”

Sponsored by garrison members Dan Wolsey and Kit Sovine, Kyle was presented a custom plaque, coin and custom name badge commemorating his “Friend of the 501st” relationship with the 501st Legion. The induction was a complete surprise to Kyle who was there just to take a fun photo with his favorite troopers.

Starwars.com chats with Kyle about his induction and why he’s honored to be officially part of the 501st Legion.

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Fan Movie Winner Profile: Star Wars: Retold

StarWars.com Team | August 4, 2009

As the winner for the George Lucas Selects Award in the Fan Movie Challenge presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, Star Wars: Retold shows what can happen when someone who thinks they remember all the little plot points of Star Wars attempted to retell it, with hilarious results.

Starwars.com chats with Texas-based filmmaker Joe Nicolosi Jr.

What is your background in film?

I’ve been making films since the day my father brought home the first family camcorder. My first project was a stop-motion animation feature film done totally with LEGOs. Years later, I studied film at Ithaca College in New York where I continued exploring animation and live-action filmmaking as well as writing and theater.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film?

I made this film because I was inspired by how passionately someone who had never seen Star Wars thought she could tell the story. Star Wars was my favorite film growing up and is a big reason I make films today.

Where did you get your idea for your film?

My friend Amanda hadn’t seen any of the Star Wars films, so I was trying to convince her to watch them with me. She was reluctant and stubborn at first because she’d seen so much of the story in pop culture references, like through Family Guy and Kevin Smith films. She started telling me the story as she knew it and I told her to hold on while I got my video camera.

What are some of the technical aspects of your film?

I recorded Amanda’s retelling using my Panasonic DVX100a and cut the audio track in Apple’s Final Cut Pro. I used Adobe Photoshop to cut out all the characters and background and for the photo manipulation I did. I took all the elements back into Final Cut where I did my very crude animations.

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Comic-Con 2009: Best Costumes

StarWars.com Team | August 4, 2009


(Superman says, “See you next year!”)

What makes San Diego Comic-Con International so much fun is seeing all the fans come out every year dressed up as their favorite superheroes, video game characters, TV show characters, and a bunch of weird mashup costumes you’d be lucky to see at Halloween.

We’ve already profiled our favorite Star Wars costumes this year, but here’s a list of some of the other costumes we loved.


Star Trek:
As much as my allegiance is to Star Wars, I have to admit this was a great year for Star Trek. The new Star Trek movie re-ignited that Vulcan pride many of us had buried deep inside. Plus fans seem to be embracing the retro love for Star Trek characters and uniforms. Live long and prosper indeed!


Lady Deadpool:
The Merc with the Mouth just got sassier! Various Deadpool costumes were roaming around Comic-Con, but it was Lady Deadpool who got the most attention. Stormtroopers, Batman, and even Darth Vader kept looking her way. No word on what Wolverine thought, but we have a feeling that he might rethink his issues with Marvel’s only Bea Arthur-loving mercenary.

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Comic-Con 2009: Robot Chicken/Titan Maximum

StarWars.com Team | August 4, 2009


(Writer/actor Breckin Meyer discusses the benefits of the Robot Chicken Skate Party with co-creator Seth Green.)

As a fan-favorite panel of San Diego Comic-Con International, Robot Chicken has plenty of laughs, inside jokes, unexpected disruptions (one by me), and exclusive clips. This year was no exception. The cast and crew were on hand to chat about the Robot Chicken Skate Party, upcoming skits, as well as give fans a sneak peek at their new sci-fi show, Titan Maximum, which debuts on Adult Swim this September.

On the Robot Chicken/Titan Maximum panel: Doug Goldstein (co-head writer), Chris McKay (director), Breckin Meyer (writer and voice actor), Seth Green (co-creator, writer and voice actor), Matthew Senreich (co-creator of Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Tom Root (Robot Chicken writer, producer, director and voice actor and co-creator of Titan Maximum), Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken writer and director), Mike Fasolo (Robot Chicken writer), Dan Milano (Robot Chicken writer and voice actor; also puppeteer of Greg the Bunny)

Here’s a few highlights from the panel:

On Robot Chicken Skate Party:
Seth and Breckin gave their infomercial attempt at talking up the awesome Robot Chicken Skate Party which is coming to a town near you. It’s a free, all-ages party that’s first-com, first serve. But if you purchase the Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode 2 DVD there’s an early entry voucher in every one that will get you into the line that gets you into the skate party an hour early.

On Titan Maximum:
Titan Maximum is their version of a giant robot fighting force. It’s an intergalactic police force of five components that form into one large indestructible component called Titan Maximum.
Tom Root: “We’ll have these characters flying these ships that look as stupid as possible, and then they’ll form into a giant robot and be as destructive as possible.”
Matt Senreich: “It’s about these teenagers who are defending the universe. And what would that really be like if we told Paris Hilton to defend the universe?”
Seth Green: “You have a princess, you have an animal, you’ve got an overweight dude, you’ve got a nerd. How are these people going to defend the galaxy against super robots and monsters?”
Tom Root: “Tune in and find out.”

On censored skits that never aired:
During Season 1 of Robot Chicken, the writers came up with the Tooth Fairy sketch and the network was convinced it would be the sketch that shut the whole network down. But once it aired, it was so awesome that they said they would never question us again.

On the chance of doing any spoofs on games like Gears of War:
Seth: “Maybe.”

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Comic-Con 2009: Best Star Wars Costumes

StarWars.com Team | August 3, 2009


(Photo by Bonnie Burton)

You can’t walk through San Diego Comic-Con without running into a stormtrooper, Jedi or bounty hunter. As usual, the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion were out in full force, as were the lovely Slave Leias, and some rather unusual and new Star Wars characters.

Here’s a recap of some of the best Star Wars costumes we spotted.


(Photo by Pablo Hidalgo)

Lounge Lords:
There’s something rather satisfying about seeing two of the biddest baddies in Star Wars dressed up in their leisure wear, ready for a cocktail and a good time. These two characters roamed Comic-Con with a certain swagger that only Darth Vader and Boba Fett could pull off. Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo!


(Photo by Robert Casipe)

Fan in Carbonite:
Wearing full stormtrooper armor is constraining. Slave Leia costumes are drafty. But this Fan in Carbonite costume wins for most likely the hardest Star Wars costume ever to navigate through swarms of Comic-Con goers. Color us impressed.

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Comic-Con 2009: Family Guy Spoof Empire

StarWars.com Team | August 3, 2009

Always putting on a show wherever they go, the cast, creator, and writers of Family Guy invaded San Diego Comic-Con with a lot of laughs and some exclusive sneak peeks at their next Star Wars special — this time spoofing The Empire Strikes Back — called Something, Something, Something Darkside.

Here are some of the highlights from the panel.

COMIC-CON PANEL HIGHLIGHTS:


(Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane answers fan questions)

  • The original title of the upcoming Return of the Jedi spoof that they are already working on was originally titled Episode VI: The Great Muppet Caper, but they thought it might be too confusing for people who might be trying to buy the actual Great Muppet Caper. So the title is now We Have a Bad Feeling About This.
  • Something, Something, Something Darkside comes out in Christmas 2009, if they get it done in time.
  • Dominic Polcino is the director, who also directed the Star Wars spoof Blue Harvest.
  • Fan-favorite actor James Woods is returning to Family Guy in an hour-long whodunit Clue episode coming up, and he also has a cameo role in Something, Something, Something Darkside.
  • During Q&A a fan asked if they all enjoy working together. Show creator Seth MacFarlane answered, “We actually do enjoy working with each other. This is a really closely-knit group and we all socialize at lot more than most would on a TV show.” Then the voice actors Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Alex Borstein agree with MacFarlane by tackling each other with hugs and kisses for the crowd’s enjoyment.


(The voice actors show that they really enjoy working with each other.)


(Family Guy cast members Mila Kunis and Seth Green have some fun.)


Check out all our Family Guy coverage on Starwars.com and on the Official Star Wars Blog.