Podcasts – Star Wars – I listened to the two episodes of the Tech Stuff podcast that deal with the Star Wars Death Star earlier this week. These episodes, “Death Star Support Systems” and “Death Star Weaponry”, aired May 7 and May 4 of 2018 respectively.
The host of Tech Stuff looks at the possible propulsion system, artificial gravity, and the main system weapon among other topics and tried to apply a technical explanation as to how they might have (or have not) worked.
As you can tell I am running behind on my podcast listening, but being eight months old did not diminish them in any way. If you are a fan of things Star Wars you may find these podcasts of interest. All of the Tech Stuff podcasts are available through iTunes.
Star Wars – Set to open in 2019 at both Disneyland and Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will immerse you in the Star Wars Universe. I glimpsed some of the construction early this year when I was at Disney World. You couldn’t see much, but what I did see was impressive. This ‘Trailer’ was released by Disney on December 25, 2018, to give us a peek at what we will be seeing.
I am looking forward to visiting Disney again after the Star Wars park expansion opens in 2019. Galaxy’s Edge is set to open next summer at Disneyland and later in the fall at Walt Disney World.
Star Wars – My son sent me a link to the article “It’s no Jedi mind trick, these iconic Star Wars scenes are all toys” today. I think that this photographer has put together some amazing photos considering he is only using Star Wars toys and a little Photoshop magic to create his photos. If you are a Star Wars fan you will likely enjoy them.
I included one of the photos from the article above, but if you follow the link to the article there are 39 more photos you can view.
Star Wars – The short (8:46) Star Wars fan film “The Temptation of Qui-Gon Jinn” was published to YouTube in September of 2016 by Chris Niespodzianski. The original film was made for the 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards. This is an extended version.
This is not a bad fan film, but I have seen better ones.
Reading – I think that this is a great post for my third #Blogtober post. For the seventh year, Star Wars (and Disney) are celebrating Star Wars Reads all month long.
Activities are being held across the country at libraries and bookstores. There are also posters you can download and print on the website. You may also want to follow their Facebook page. That page lists a number of events that are scheduled for October.
This is a great way for young and old to get involved with reading through everyone’s favorite Universe.
Short Films – Star Wars – I just came across the short (4:14) animated comedy Star Wars fan film “Bounty Buddies”. This is an all stop-motion production featuring Hasbro’s 6-Inch Black Series figures. This film was uploaded to YouTube in May of 2015 by JCMediaStudios. The synopsis:
Jabba assigns Boba Fett to his hardest mission yet… teaching Greedo how to be a good bounty hunter. Can Greedo finally capture Solo?
I’m not usually looking for humor or satire in my Star Wars films, but I thought this film was worth noting. It was the winner of the 2015 Best Comedy Star Wars Fan Film Award.
Star Wars – Star Wars Episode VIII, “The Last Jedi“, came out December of 2017, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” came out in May of 2018, and Episode IX is due in 2019. It looks like these will be followed sometime in 2019 with a TV series set in the Star Wars Universe. This series is being developed by Disney for the streaming service it plans to to start.
Not a lot is known about the proposed series other than it is being developed by director Jon Favreau and that the first 10 episodes have a $100 million budget. That is a significant budget for TV, so we should expect to be impressed.
Sadly, it appears that the only way we will have to view the new series is to subscribe to the Disney streaming service. Disney has already begun withdrawing programming from other channels such as Netflix in preparation for their streaming service.
Star Wars – Well, it is May 4th again and time to celebrate Star Wars Day (You know, “May the 4th be With You”). The day’s activities are in full swing as I have seen many posts on Twitter and Facebook already.
If you still want to do something to celebrate, you will find a few suggestions in “5 NEW WAYS TO CELEBRATE STAR WARS DAY“. Ideas from watching one or more of the films with friends to cooking up something special. There are even recipes (“5 BLUE MILK RECIPES FOR STAR WARS DAY“) for creating your own “blue bantha milk” to serve your guests. Also check out “10 best May the Fourth activities” for more ideas on how to celebrate. You can also check out “https://maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com” for even more ideas for celebrating Star Wars Day.
If you are in the Austin area you may want to take part in the 4th Annual “May the 4th” Celebration at the 4th Tap! They have a great Star Wars Day Celebration planned! Other Worlds Austin has curated a fantastic program of Star Wars fan films:
- EXILE: A STAR WARS STORY
- STAR WARS: HOSHINO
- REY: A STAR WARS ORIGIN STORY
- MOST INTERESTING BOUNTY HUNTER IN THE GALAXY
- JAKKU: FIRST WAVE
They will also have contests and provide prizes for the Best Costume, Wookiee Mating Call, and Yoda Impression.
The doors open for the event at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:15pm. Admission is FREE! Vendors, merchandise, and more! 4th Tap Brewing Co-op (10615 Metric Blvd., Austin, TX 78758)
There are various companies making special offers in celebration of Star Wars Day. Some of them include:
However you choose to celebrate today MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
Trailers – The trailer for the Han Solo stand-alone movie due in theaters this May is out. This looks like it will be another great story. The synopsis per IMDB:
During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
I’m looking forward to this next installment to the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars – The short, award-winning Star Wars fan film “Dawn of Resistance” was published to YouTube in April of 2016 by gazcarr. This is a sequel to the Star Wars fan film “The Secret in the Sand“.
I think that this is a well-done film, but it is unclear to me what the plot is. I am impressed that “This movie was shot in 2 days with nothing but a Canon 5D3 and a tripod”.