January 2, 2008
Hardcore Star Wars fans and DIY filmmakers who founded Backyard Productions create their own versions of the saga with budgets that would send serious shivers down most directors’ backs. Using household objects, toys, a computer and a garage as the studio, the team remakes the films for under $6,000.
In an interview with BBC, Backyard Productions co-founder Darren Scales described what they had used to recreate the opening scene of Star Wars.
“We have got bubble wrap on the ceiling, we’ve got bottle tops and yogurt pots on the walls along with tubes from the center of rolls of carpets. The blasters are water pistols, we just stuck a few bits of lids on, add a bit of spray paint and then you have a blaster. You take a hard hat, put an Imperial sticker on it and suddenly its an Imperial work helmet for someone building the Death Star – it’s not rocket science. It’s the same with the lightsabers. Up close they look awful but you put a stick in it, you hold it and on screen you can’t tell the difference.”
Read more about their films here:
Star Wars remade in garage studio
January 1, 2008
If you had enough giant LEGO bricks what would you build? One fan decided to make an 8-foot tall R2-D2 complete with blinking lights and sound effects sampled from the films.
According to Technabob.com:
Built by official LEGO Master Model Builder Dan Steinenger with the assistance of a bunch of visiting kids, the giant R2 unit was assembled as part of the recent Festival of the Masters event at the LEGO Store at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida.
Watch the video of the Giant LEGO R2-D2 in action.
December 24, 2007
Despite the competitive headline, it’s all in good fun; the OC Register reports on the latest charitable efforts of the fan group, the 501st Legion, this time in Irvine, Calif. where they’ve come to celebrate with a great group of kids and their families. Here’s a snippet:
That was the case Saturday in Irvine, where autistic children and their parents celebrated the holidays at California Integrative Hyperbaric Center. The guests of honor were St. Nick, of course, and the 501st Legion, an organization of hobbyists who dress up in Star Wars costumes for promotional and charitable events.
“It’s great to see these kids happy,” said Chris Romines, 40, of Cypress, who wore the enigmatic black mask, cape and breastplate of the universe’s primary antagonist. “But between the kids and the adults, we don’t know who’s having more fun.”
You can read the rest of the article here, and be sure to check out their slideshow of images.
December 22, 2007
One-note? Sure. But it’s a good one.
December 21, 2007
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (#971/972) comes with a bonus insert magazine entitled, “Best of the Web” which tracks the “25 most essential fansites for TV, music and film buffs.” Each entry lists the fansite’s features, and contrasts it with the official site.
Coming in at #1 is TheRaider.net, while #25 sees our pals at TheForce.Net given kudos. What makes us particularly happy are the snark-free comparisons between official and unofficial sites. To quote: “the official site perfectly complements theforce.net — circling fans like the twin suns of Tatooine.”
The article (with slightly different text) can also be found online here.
December 16, 2007
BoingBoing TV vlogger/journalist Xeni Jardin visits LA Jedi, a group of Star Wars fans who get together to hone their lightsaber skills. Xeni interviews the fellas, as well as Jedi moms, 10-year-old Padawans and female Sith.
Check out the video here:
December 16, 2007
Report from Gizmodo.com:
SANTA’S FACTORY, North Pole (Agencies) – An Imperial Stormtrooper commando broke into Santa’s Factory in the North Pole yesterday evening, killing an undetermined number of elves, arresting the owner and confiscating his sled. Joe Kwazansky, local spokesman for the Evil Galactic Empire in Los Angeles, appeared in a press conference this morning confirming the rumors of an Imperial takeover of Christmas’ celebrations. “The Emperor wants to assure His subjects that Xmas will continue as planned. The pug-nosed fatso, however, will pay for his crimes,” Mr. Kwazansky said amidst the palpable shock in the press corps. Apparently, the arrest has occurred in connection with earlier reports on the manufacturing and stealth placement of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Read full story here:
Imperial Stormtroopers Arrest Santa, Emperor to Take Over Xmas
Gizmodo, Club Jade
December 14, 2007
Star Wars artist Matt Haley pays tribute to Lando Calrissian with his take on the classic Shaft movie poster. Bravo.
December 12, 2007
Somehow watching Ackmena — the night-time bartender of the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine — yell at the band and patrons for not leaving in the “Star Wars Holiday Special” is a heck of a lot funnier when Mike Nelson and the Rifftrax gang shout out comments.
Check out the video preview here.
Read more about Rifftrax here.
December 12, 2007
Found on Flickr here.
The droid duo show up on a wall in Fremantle, WA.