Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class

When the schedule for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim came out, one of the University-track panels I immediately got excited about was “Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class”. When it comes to your favorite TV shows or movies, you probably know who stars in it, you may even know who directed it and often who wrote it too, but fans tend to not recognize producers quite as widely. Tricia, BJ, and I talked briefly about producing when we focused on Kathleen Kennedy in episode three of Hyperspace Theories. In it I admired Kennedy’s ability to get things done–a very useful trait when you’re running a production.

What does it mean to be a “producer,” and what does it mean to produce for Lucasfilm? Athena Portillo, Line Producer for Star Wars Rebels and Liz Marshall, Production Manager for Star Wars Rebels, will dive in to the specific roles of production staff, cover skills and traits needed to do the job, and give tips and insider tricks how to deal with the challenges and the ever–changing landscape -Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class listing

the flowchart of a show at the packed Star Wars Production Class

Held on Saturday afternoon, the Star Wars Production panel was run by Athena Portillo and Liz Marshall who both work in a producing role on Star Wars Rebels. The room was filled to capacity and these women hit the ground running to cover a lot of info in their allotted time. There was no . . . → Read More: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class

Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Last year I sat down with the Nerd Lunch crew and Michael May to have a broad conversation about Star Wars. Now the group has reconvened to start drilling into the original trilogy. This episode of the podcast covers Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, or as CT would probably call it “just Star Wars”.

We have a wide smattering of introductions, viewing experiences and history with this movie. Plus since we all re-watched it right before the recording, we bring what we notice now to the table too. There’s even discussion about how much lying takes place. And keep an ear out for my summarization of Han Solo in the detention block.

From how awesome Princess Leia is to our favorite (and least favorite) contributions from the Special Edition, this podcast makes the Kessel Run in about 13 parsecs.

As an added bonus over on their Facebook page Nerd Lunch had a discussion about which Star Wars characters the podcast hosts and frequent guests represent. The discussion ran over onto Twitter as well and somehow according to Facebook I am Padme and according to Twitter I am Leia. Not bad.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would . . . → Read More: Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Kay at C2E2 2015: The Recap

Kay recaps her experience at C2E2 2015. . . . → Read More: Kay at C2E2 2015: The Recap

Princess Leia and Padmé Are Awesome: Fangirl Chat

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On the latest episode of Fangirl Chat, Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado share a behind the scenes look at Celebration Anaheim. Teresa missed the “What Princess Leia Means to Me” panel on Sunday, so Tricia shared some highlights, including men declaring how awesome Leia is and asking for more toys featuring female characters. Then the ladies discuss what Padmé means to them and whether or not Leia should be a Disney Princess.

Here is the Celebration Closing Ceremonies that features a great array of fans, especially lots of fangirls!

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:

Twitter:

Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Email: fangirlsgoingrogue@gmail.com

Facebook: Fangirls Going Rogue

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Instagram: @FGGoingRogue

 

Fangirls Around the Web: April 25, 2015

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Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim has concluded and it was a whirlwind of a ride. For many of us attendees it was downright overwhelming (in a good way) as we rode the high of being surrounded by so many people who love Star Wars as much as we do. I know I at least had to stop a few times and question if it was in fact real life.

I went from feeling totally fulfilled the first day to already getting sad the second day that it was half over. By the third day, I had to take a break and walk away for a little while. And on the last day, I just wanted to soak up every second of it.

As events drew to a close, I joked that there should be a panel called “Transitioning Back: Life After #SWCA”, but it turns out I wasn’t the only one to feel that way. So as those of us who were there struggle a bit with exiting the bubble of fandom awesomeness, here’s a guide to what you’ll need to deal with.

 

7 Things to Keep In Mind: You may in fact find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars. (I know.) You may find yourself needing to talk about things other than Star Wars that are also not about what time you’re getting in line, how long a queue or its wait is, or how full a room is. If you enter a hotel lobby, . . . → Read More: Transitioning Back: Life After Star Wars Celebration

Kay Joins the Nerd Lunch Doctor Who Drilldown

This episode of Nerd Lunch finds me quasi-filling in for regular hosts Pax and Jeeg as I join CT to discuss the last ten years of Doctor Who. Depending on who you ask, recording this may or may not have been my reward from my Doctor-by-proxy for getting completely caught up on New Who/NuWho. Either way, it was fun.

Todd from Junk Fed sits in the 4th chair on this whirlwind discussion covering our Doctor Who histories, the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors as well as Rose, Jack, Adam, Martha, Donna, Amy, Rory, River Song, and Clara. If that’s not enough we talk season arcs, favorite episodes, and Stephen Moffat.

A short episode this is not. And there’s so much more we didn’t even get to! To finish the conversation off we play a round of what I now realize we should have called When the Doctor Was Me. Listen all the way through to find out what it’s like when I’m the Doctor and my stipulations for being a companion to CT’s version of the Doctor. Todd’s Doctor will probably surprise you the most though.

Gotta collect them all.

From the show notes:

CT takes the reigns of the show and rides without Pax and Jeeg this week. A three way dance still happens as Kay returns to the show for the long awaited Doctor Who discussion. Also joining them is Todd from JunkFed.com. The trio ride the TARDIS for an extra long episode discussing the past . . . → Read More: Kay Joins the Nerd Lunch Doctor Who Drilldown

Journey to The Force Awakens: The Books You’re Looking For

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In the weeks since Lucasfilm announced its ambitious publishing program “Journey to The Force Awakens” for this fall, a lot of individuals have asked about my opinion. Additionally, many friends and acquaintances who quit reading Star Wars books have stopped by FANgirl over the years to see if things have changed. Now that some writing commitments are out of the way, I’ve had time to pull together my thoughts.

It appears that one good outcome from the Expanded Universe purge is I’m now seeing a bit more recognition for the fact that some Star Wars fans found their niche in published material. Last week, Priya Chhaya offered a bittersweet farewell as she welcomed the new Star Wars stories. As she noted, we will all get to experience the rollercoaster ride of discovering characters, places, and events together, and that’s exciting!

Here are some details on the 20+ book plan revealed on StarWars.com:

Novels for young adults, focusing on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, will be published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press in North America and distributed internationally. The young adult novels have notable talent attached, including Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Tin Star), Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author (Detective Comics and 52), Jason Fry (The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, Star Wars Insider contributor) and New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray (The Firebird trilogy and Evernight series).

Some book and comic titles have been revealed, and they offer fans a fun glimpse into the possible stories within: . . . → Read More: Journey to The Force Awakens: The Books You’re Looking For

Kay Reviews Companion Piece

Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who is the first Doctor Who piece of literature I’ve read since I dove into the world of Who in 2014. The dust is still settling from me getting all caught up on New Who so I hadn’t planned on getting into any books just yet, but when Mad Norwegian Press offered me the chance to do a review of this one I was too intrigued to pass it up.

As the title indicates all the essays in Companion Piece are written by women, but not all the essays are only about female characters from the show. Some pieces are critiques, some defenses; others are tributes, reflections, or clever analyses. And if one thing is certain, all of these essays were written out of love.

Going in I was unsure how much I would be able to appreciate the writings about companions from the Classic Era of Doctor Who as my knowledge of that part of the show is comparatively limited. But I found it all depended on the author’s focus. I did not enjoy every Classic-focused essay but I did walk away with a list of companions from early Who that I feel compelled to check out – and others I will probably avoid at all costs. People have made suggestions to me as to which Doctors I should watch from the early days, but not which companions.

Unsurprisingly I was more at home with the pieces . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Companion Piece

WYNDE Around the Web: Coach K at the Final Four

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Today’s edition of Wynde Around the Web is inspired by the connection between my novel and the real-world championship taking place this weekend.

In late January, Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski became the first Division I men’s basketball head coach to reach the astounding milestone of 1,000 career wins. With last Sunday’s Duke victory over Gonzaga, he tied the legendary John Wooden with a record 12 appearances in the NCAA tournament’s Final Four national championship semifinals. Only Wooden has more national titles, and Duke is two wins away from giving Coach K his fifth national championship and sole possession of second place on the all-time list. Combine these achievements with the gold medals won by the Olympic teams he led, and the number of players his program has developed into NBA talent, and few would argue that Coach K is the greatest living men’s basketball coach – and perhaps the greatest of all time.

In my novel Wynde, the lead protagonist, Vespa, is the daughter of a similarly dominating coaching figure. Daemyn Wynde is the head coach of the Airspar team at Kedu Academy, one of the very best on the planet Prime. He is a demanding and authoritative leader of his team and those around him, and his former pilots still revere his leadership and influence. I very much had Coach K in mind when writing this side of Daemyn. But as I discussed in my post Shaping a Heroine – A Father’s Daughter, Daemyn has another significant inspiration, as . . . → Read More: WYNDE Around the Web: Coach K at the Final Four