If I were enjoying Celebration as an attendee rather than enjoying it as a worker, here’s what I would do after I took Joel Aron’s photography class (discussed in my previous blog, Part One).
Build Some Tatooine
Frank D’iorio is back with another great diorama build at Celebration. He and the crew are honoring the tenth anniversary of his first Celebration build by Returning to Tatooine. It won’t be hard to find Frank and the crew in the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall, in their massive expanse of (constructed) sand and adobe. Stop by and build a diorama for free, recreating Tatooine from Mos Eisley to a Jawa Sandcrawler, from Jabba’s sail barge to Tusken camps. On Sunday afternoon you can take your piece of the diorama home!
Shoot Me a Trooper
Shoot at stormtroopers and contribute to a great charity at the same time! What can beat that? The 501st Legion is hosting Shoot-A-Trooper in the Celebration Experience Hall, with all proceeds going to benefit the Peter Mayhew Foundation.
At 1:30pm Friday on the Behind-The-Scenes Stage (W414) Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Jon Berg, modelmaker from the Star Wars movies, will introduce the premiere screening of Remembering Ralph McQuarrie a film, created to debut at Celebration VI. Legends of the entertainment industry remember McQuarrie and his work and influence on the industry, their careers, and on the Star Wars movies in particular. McQuarrie’s concept art is credited with helping George Lucas get the green light to produce the first Star Wars movie, and generations of artists and moviemakers are inspired by this late artist’s work.
After watching the premiere screening, I would head to the Art of Ralph McQuarrie booth in the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall to see – and hopefully buy – the three works of art created to benefit the late artist’s medical fund for his family. The three prints are literally by artists from all over the world: Tsuneo Sanda (Japan), Mark Raats (Australia), and Brian Rood (United States).
Learn to Fake It
Here’s the quote from the author himself, Timothy Zahn, on his writing class scheduled for 2:00-3:00pm in the Star Wars University (W300) on Saturday. No one says it better than Mr. Zahn!
“Real-world science not good enough for you? Need a lightsaber, hyperdrive, sonic screwdriver, or flying Delorean? Star Wars author (and failed PhD physics candidate) Timothy Zahn will offer some pointers on how to create your own science and technology and make it look real (or close enough). Topics will include how science works, how technology works, internal consistency, and a spot-the-flaw competition with unique yet lame prizes.”
Catch the Saga in 60
When I started working for Lucasfilm on Celebration II, one of the first things I had the pleasure to do was meet Patrick Gorman and the troupe of Star Wars in 30 Minutes. The show, which compressed the original trilogy into 30 hilarious minutes, was such a hit at Celebration II we brought it to Skywalker Ranch for a company meeting. Patrick and the group performed, and George Lucas told them that after Episode III was finished they should do Star Wars in 60 minutes.
And so they have! This will be the Celebration premiere of Star Wars in 60 Minutes. The original was side-splittingly funny, and I really hope I can sneak away and see the “full saga” version.
Carve up a Jedi
Japanese Star Wars Vegetable Carving
Several years ago, Okitsugu Kado of the Japanese Star Wars fan community submitted photographs of his incredible vegetable carvings to Bantha Tracks. Oki-san is coming to Celebration, and on Thursday at 4pm he’ll demonstrate the art of vegetable carving in the Star Wars University (W300), showing attendees how to create stunning Star Wars edible creations.