Posts Tagged ‘Comic-Con’



Expanding the Design of The Clone Wars

StarWars.com Team | July 24, 2009

Over the scope of 22 episodes plus a feature film, The Clone Wars series has visually expanded the scope of the Star Wars galaxy immensely. We’ve gone to about 20 planets in the whirlwind that was the first season, and met a variety of alien cultures and creatures. Season two promises to be even richer, and Comic-Con International hosted some of the key members of the artistic team that help put that together at a panel early on Star Wars Day. On hand were Dave Filoni, Supervising Director; Joel Aron, CG Supervisor; Kilian Plunkett, Lead Designer; Danny Keller, Story Artist and Animation Consultant; and moderating the panel was StarWars.com’s own Pablo Hidalgo

“The goal was to create 22 minutes of the best movie to you each and every week,” said Filoni, describing how creator George Lucas kept pushing the envelope on the scope of the story. “If there are 10 clones on the screen, he wants 20. We put 20, he wants 100. Once we get around 100, he wants a thousand. It’s a goal that you simply don’t see every week on an animated series.”

Filoni contrasted the leaps and bounds made by the production team. When the feature film and season one began, Lucasfilm Animation was still being constructed from the ground up. “One simple way to illustrate it very easily, we had Plo Koon — a new character we had built for that. We had three clones that we redressed with different formats. That was largely all we had to build for that episode. No, for the season finale, we had new models of Cad Bane, Aurra Sing, Robonino, a modified pirate for a bounty hunter, a whole bunch of new Senators and background characters. So, just as far as character models, we’ve multiplied what we’re capable of.”

Pablo chimed in – “With that said, is there any temptation to revisit any of the designs done for season one?”

“It’s unavoidable,” said Filoni. “Just because we built Anakin Skywalker, he’s was the first model we built, so he’s needed some of the heaviest redesign that we’ve had to do. The Anakin you see now in Clone Wars, even though he looks relatively the same, is not the same model we used in the movie. In fact, he’s substantially better than the one. We redid the rigs, we redid some of the surface textures.”

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To show an example of how confidence in execution has changed the approach of designing the characters, Kilian showed an image of the original concept maquette of Anakin Skywalker next to the concept maquette for Bail Organa. Whereas the original explorations of Anakin were hard and geometric, Organa was a much more subtle yet still stylized design.

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Panel Report: Star Wars Collectibles

Pete Vilmur | July 24, 2009

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The Star Wars Collectibles panel just wrapped at Comic-Con and the main site has just updated with a video from Gentle Giant and slideshow presentations from eFX and Sideshow Collectibles. Head on over now to check them out!

Panel Report: Hasbro

Pete Vilmur | July 24, 2009

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The much anticipated Hasbro panel just concluded at Comic-Con, and we’ve got the entire presentation available on the main site in a slideshow format — click here to go to the story…

Snapshots from the Fan Club Breakfast

StarWars.com Team | July 24, 2009

This morning marked the seventh not-so-annual Fan Club Breakfast, hosted by Official Pix at the Marriott at the bleary-eyed hour of seven in the morning. This makes for a long day of activities — it’s Star Wars Day at Comic-Con International — but it’s also a great way to start. More than just eggs and sausage, it’s an informal place for fans to gather with representatives from Lucasfilm, Hasbro, Uncle Milton and more.

Here are some snapshots. For a set of pictures from the Breakfast, see this Flickr set here.

Among the guests present is James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon in The Clone Wars.

Supervising Director Dave Filoni.

Dave was on hand to give out raffle prizes to lucky fans, including a set of Mimobot drives.

Perhaps the most coveted prize was an extremely rare autographed George Lucas card, handed out by Doug Yates, Lucasfilm’s Vice President of Marketing, Distribution and Online.

Another highly prized  raffle item: an original 1984 Droids A-wing in excellent condition. Steve Sansweet gives away the prize.

The LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary: From Bricks to Books

StarWars.com Team | July 23, 2009

lego_cov.jpgHard to believe it’s been 10 years since Lucasfilm and LEGO entered into a partnership to feed the world’s astonishing appetite for Star Wars-themed LEGO bricks. When that deal, brokered around the release of The Phantom Menace, came to light, it felt like a natural to many — a match made in collector and kid heaven. But it’s doubtful anyone would have predicted a future filled with smash hit video games, animated shorts and now, a book dedicated to LEGO Star Wars, due out from DK Publishing on October 10, 2009.

Due out in October, the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary may seem like an odd venture at first, given that previous Star Wars Visual Dictionaries have explored the in-universe details of the saga, applying names and histories to the various bit players, widgets, greeblies and what-have-yous of the visually dense props and costumes. This LEGO edition serves a visually rich guide to the fantastic sets and figures produced by LEGO, a sort of plussed out collector’s bible of the past ten years.

On-hand to discuss it at Comic-Con International were Jonathan Rinzler, Executive Editor at LucasBooks; Rob Johnson, Art Director for the LEGO Group, and Simon Beecroft, author of the book and Publishing Manager for DK Publishing.

“I’ve been championing some kind of LEGO book for years,” said Rinzler. “And finally it all came together… Putting it all together was in many ways a puzzle piece.”

lego03_sm.jpgBeecroft clarified that the book is not merely a catalog of LEGO products, though every set to date is indeed included. “It does follow along the lines of our Visual Dictionaries, in that it attempts to explain things from the universe it occupies. So this takes the point of view from within the LEGO Star Wars universe of sorts.” This is best expressed through themed spreads within the book that often explore a character or faction and its evolution across multiple LEGO sets.

Rinzler explained the narrative voice does switch gears from in-universe, to our universe, occasionally breaking the wall to explain the history of a set or its features as a product. The book includes a timeline of LEGO works, a look behind-the-scenes on the development of sets and mini-figs, as well as a look at LEGO fans. In fact, it was through the generous contributions of one fan, Jeremy Beckett, that the book ended up being as well illustrated as it is.

“We did get a lot of photos. Many from LEGO, but Jeremy also provided so many as well,” said Beecroft.

lego02_sm.jpgJohnson, from LEGO, fielded questions from fans eager to pry any details of future sets, though he remained tight-lipped on specifics. He did say that more Expanded Universe sets — like the Rogue Shadow from The Force Unleashed – were a possibility. He stated that sets dedicated simply to mini-figs were not a possibility due to licensing restrictions — the license to produce Star Wars figures is owned by Hasbro, while LEGO focuses on construction sets. “But, that said, we look to include as many figures as we can in our sets,” he said.

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LEGO Designer Rob Johnson (left); Author Simon Beecroft (Right)

At the end of the presentation, DK Publishing was able to reveal the mini-figure that will be included in the book. “Early in the project, there were a lot of emails flying back and forth between LEGO, Lucasfilm and DK, and one of the subjects that came out was including a mini-figure,” said Rinzler. Of the many suggestions, one stood out as perfectly fitting; click the image below to play the reveal video.

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Comic-Con 2009: Preview Night is Tonight!

StarWars.com Team | July 22, 2009

Though the first “official” day of Comic-Con International isn’t till Thursday, Wednesday is known as Preview Night, an extra bonus day that is usually the uncontested domain of hardcore collectors seeking out exclusives and first looks at the wares debuting on the floor. With Star Wars, it’s no different. Check out this Flickr set throughout the night to see some of the excitement of Comic-Con Eve.

Here are some highlights:

Sideshow’s bad-ass Yoda is spearing through an Order 66-following 501st clone trooper.

Hasbro is turning the YVH droid from The New Jedi Order into a build-a-figure.

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Comic-Con First Pics: Rise of the Star Wars Pavilion

Pete Vilmur | July 21, 2009

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Lucasfilm Senior Events Lead Mary Franklin sends the first photos from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con of the Lucasfilm Pavilion under construction on the Exhibit Hall floor. The round center stage is coming together, and will be the location of several planned Star Wars photo-ops scheduled during the event. Also, crates containing booth materials from Official Pix and Hasbro await placement next to the LFL Pavilion under the round Clone Wars signage overhead.

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Stay tuned for further updates as the Star Wars Pavilion comes together for Wednesday’s sneak preview launch! Keep an eye on the set-up in this Flickr set of the pre-show build-up.

Update: You may have seen some imagery on MTVs website, but the Pavilion will also incorporate some never-before-seen images from Season Two of Clone Wars. Backed with blood red backdrops is a motley assortment of bounty hunters — some familiar, and some not so.

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Seth Green: Guide to Comic-Con Costumes

StarWars.com Team | July 20, 2009

Entertainment Weekly/Popwatch Guest Blogger and Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green gives a few tips on how to dress like a costume pro at San Diego Comic-Con.

So before you double up your brown bathrobe as a Jedi costume, read advice by Seth and the Robot Chicken staff: Mike Fasolo, Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Hugh Sterbakov, Zeb Wells.

Some of our fave tips:

SITH LORD: All the weight-hiding benefits of a robe with the slimming power of black. A go-to if you tend to Force-choke Hot Pockets more often than mouthy Admirals.

DOCTOR DOOM: Your cape gets smaller, but you still have full body coverage. If you can fit in the armor, the sculpted muscles will take care of the rest.

SPIDER-MAN: Now we’ve entered Spandex territory and are building a house there. We shouldn’t have to say this, but every crack and crevice will be visible. Proceed with caution.

Read the full article here:
Guest Editor Seth Green: A wear-it-if-you-dare guide to Comic-Con costumes (via EW/PopWatch)

Things Fans Say to Seth Green at Comic-Con

StarWars.com Team | July 20, 2009


Lobot <3 Seth Green

As we begin our San Diego Comic-Con coverage for the week, here’s a great guest blog entry at Popwatch from Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green about the things fans say when they run into him at Comic-Con since he’s been attending for 14 years.

Here’s some of our favorites:

Hey, are you Seth Green?

How tall are you?

Why are you wearing a Spider-Man costume?

Can you leave my outgoing voice message?

Can you call my girlfriend?

You were great as Bud Bundy.

Can I follow you around and get into all the VIP parties with you?

Who wrote your Star Wars Emperor sketch?

Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Hi.

Check out the full article here:
Guest Editor Seth Green: Things people say to me at Comic-Con
(via EW/Popwatch)

If you want to bug Seth Green in person, but can’t make it to Comic-Con, check out Robot Chicken’s Skate Party Bus Concert tour, coming to a city near you! Admission is free, all ages are welcome.

Seth, Robot Chicken co-creator Matt Senreich, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer will be on a bus tour of roller skating rinks August 1-13, from LA to NY, with Gym Class Heroes performing in each city. For more info and updates, go to AdultSwimPresents.com.

Megan Fox Ponders Slave Leia Costume

StarWars.com Team | June 23, 2009

We love that Megan Fox is a Star Wars fangirl. While promoting her latest film: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, she chats with Collider.com about being excited about going to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

She’s not sure she’ll be able to roam the Comic-Con floor, but she wishes she could check out the Top Cow booth, pick up a few t-shirts, and dress up like Slave Leia!

Do you like Comic-Con?

I love Comic-Con.

Do you get to walk on the convention floor?

I don’t know if I’ll get to this time without security, and that’s embarrassing. I don’t want to walk everywhere with security. I don’t even need it. But they’re so fearful that I need it, they give it to me. I would love to go to the Top Cow booth, and go find a t-shirt or two. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that.

Some famous actors have talked about wearing a costume, like a stormtrooper outfit, and then they walk around by themselves.

My inital thought was Princess Leia Slave. That would be like the opposite of what I want to do as far as needing security, I guess.

WATCH VIDEO: Megan Fox talks Jonah Hex, Comic-Con and Says She’d Like to Walk Around as Slave Leia
(via Collider.com)