Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Family Fun

One of the questions Tricia asked the panelists during the From A Certain Point of View panel was what we most enjoyed about Star Wars. Before Celebration Anaheim, I had a fairly stock answer: the movies, of course, especially IV, V, VI; some of the EU novels, especially Timothy Zahn’s; playing SW:TOR; and the interesting people I’ve met. What I realized at the convention was that really, truly, what I love most about Star Wars are the other fans.

I met quite a few interesting people at Celebration Anaheim, and in this series of posts I would like to share their stories with you.

I count myself as lucky in a number of ways – I have good friends that I share passionate interests with, and I get to work with passionate colleagues. But to be able share a love of Star Wars with work friends? That’s blessed. This is why I’m particularly excited to share Kati and Ray Lai’s experience of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

I’ve known Kati and Ray Lai for over ten years now. Back then, Ray and I shared an office. I had a Yoda who sat on my desk, next to a pothos plant. When you pressed his hand he would predict the future like a Magic 8 Ball, though his favorite thing to say was “Mmm, the future, always in motion.” When I changed jobs, I entrusted Yoda to Ray. As these work things go, I returned to a version of my old job . . . → Read More: Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Family Fun

Star Wars Weekends 2015: Weekend One

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With several years of owning Lucasfilm and Star Wars under their belts, Disney is beginning to take full advantage of the virtually unlimited possibilities for Star Wars Weekends. Although many traditional elements of the showcase remain in place – the celebrity motorcade and stage appearances, special merchandise, extra sessions of Jedi Training Academy, nightly fireworks – this year brought several significant changes that give the experience an increasing prominence throughout Hollywood Studios. Like the franchise itself, Star Wars Weekends seem to be headed in bigger and better directions in the years ahead.

The celebrity stage shows have been upgraded to the larger, more visible Theater of the Stars. In previous years, programs with movie actors in Stars of the Saga, voice actors from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, and celebrity features like Obi-Wan & Beyond or An Ewok’s Tale had been hosted in the Premiere Theater, a venue at the far edge of the park without a natural queue location or built-in FastPass+ entry. Beginning after Star Wars Weekends last summer, the Frozen Sing-Along moved into the space, and remains there (including a full slate of sing-alongs during Star Wars Weekends) pending a rumored expansion into the now-vacated American Idol Experience stage. To accommodate the increased interest in Star Wars, the Beauty and the Beast show currently housed at Theater of the Stars has shifted to three morning performances, leaving the afternoon open for all of the Star Wars Weekends programming to run after lunch and into the . . . → Read More: Star Wars Weekends 2015: Weekend One

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Pulling Back the Curtain on Star Wars Rebels

In many ways, Celebration Anaheim marked the first full-scale introduction of Star Wars Rebels to the fandom at large. Rebels was highlighted in panels at a few previous general-interest conventions like New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con, and individual members of the principal voice cast made appearances at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends in Florida last summer. Celebration Anaheim provided the opportunity to truly showcase the series to a massive gathering of Star War fans. Rebels received a premium panel on the arena-sized Celebration Stage on Saturday morning, a red carpet line and the world premiere of Season Two on Saturday evening in a packed Digital Stage, and a Sunday panel featuring behind-the-scenes insights into the show’s creation and development.

Saturday morning kicked off with the main panel, officially titled “New Allies and New Villains in Star Wars Rebels Season 2.” The panel was live-streamed and live-blogged by StarWars.com, not to mention thousands of fans packed into the Celebration Stage. Host James Arnold Taylor greeted all five members of the voice cast, as well as Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni. The wide-ranging discussion included the characters, the voice actors’ experience joining the Star Wars franchise, and the fan response to Rebels. The Season Two trailer revealed the return of Captain Rex, prompting huge cheers. Dee Bradley Baker and Ashley Eckstein then also took the stage to speak about what their fan-favorite characters from The Clone Wars bring to Rebels. Although the panel included some fun anecdotes, hysterical good-natured teasing . . . → Read More: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Pulling Back the Curtain on Star Wars Rebels

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

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews by Linda: Part Two

Dan Brooks SWCA Cantina

One of the questions Tricia asked the panelists during the From A Certain Point of View panel was what we most enjoyed about Star Wars. Before Celebration Anaheim, I had a fairly stock answer: the movies, of course, especially IV, V, VI; some of the EU novels, especially Timothy Zahn’s, playing SW:TOR and the interesting people I’ve met. What I realized at the convention was that really, truly, what I love most about Star Wars are the other fans.

I met quite a few interesting people at SWCA and in this series of posts I would like to share their stories with you.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim ran from April 16-19, but it began early for me. I flew out on April 15, and the party started from the moment I was at the gate waiting to fly from San Francisco to Anaheim. I had one of those lucky mornings where there was no traffic, I got TSA precheck, and I was at the gate comfortably early. I sat with my Peets and people-watched, trying to figure out who was going to Celebration. It turned out it was almost the whole flight.

That’s where I met Dan Brooks.

I was familiar with his name, of course, as he’s Lucasfilm’s senior content writer and one of the editors of StarWars.com. It was fun to put a real person together with “a guy whose job I really envy.” In his interview, Dan talks about the joy of meeting other Star Wars fans, . . . → Read More: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews by Linda: Part Two

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

Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Part One

One of the questions Tricia asked the panelists during the From A Certain Point of View panel was what we most enjoyed about Star Wars. Before Celebration Anaheim, I had a fairly stock answer: the movies, of course, especially IV, V, VI; some of the EU novels, especially Timothy Zahn’s; playing SW:TOR; and the interesting people I’ve met. What I realized at the convention was that really, truly, what I love most about Star Wars are the other fans.

I met quite a few interesting people at Celebration Anaheim, and in this series of posts I would like to share their stories with you.

I first observed Mike and Abby Beavers at the Her Universe line on the first day of Celebration. The line on that day was like one for concert t-shirts, thick with excitement. Abby appeared to be a little younger than my own Padawan and she was animatedly pointing out her favorite Ahsoka t-shirts to her father, Mike. I asked Abby if she liked a t-shirt I was considering for Padawan and Abby gave the Salacious Crumb cupcake a thumbs-up – fortunately, so did Padawan – and so we began our conversation. When it turned out coming to Celebration from St. Louis was eleven-year-old Abby’s idea, I knew I wanted to hear more about them.

Abby:

Was this your first Star Wars Celebration?

Yes, it was one of my Christmas presents.

What made you decide you wanted to come to Celebration?

I heard they were showing the . . . → Read More: Linda’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Fan Interviews: Part One

Kay Joins the Nerd Lunch C2E2 Special

We all wanted these pieces of fandom balloon art but no one knew how they could safely transport them home.

Episode 177 of Nerd Lunch is a traveling show. The hosts were at C2E2 and found several of their Fourth Chair Army (a.k.a. previous podcast guests) to participate in a huge round of The Fourth Chair Carryover Question.

While my recap of C2E2 is still to come, you can listen to this episode now to hear what someone sounds like in the days immediately following Star Wars Celebration Anaheim with a brain that is still constantly thinking about Star Wars. It was great to meet CT, Pax, and Jeeg in person along with several others I’ve either been on the show with or have enjoyed listening to. You can check out Nerd Lunch’s Episode 177 show notes to get links to any of this episode’s guests.

So hit play to hear a bit about what it’s like to go to two conventions in a row along with which question I answer and which question I ask. And if you listen all the way through you’ll hear what happens when my question gets asked of several more fellow nerds.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fan at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky . . . → Read More: Kay Joins the Nerd Lunch C2E2 Special

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!

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