Star Wars – Episode VII “I suggest a new strategy, R2. Let the Wookie win.”

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With Star Wars Episode VII opening in just a few days, let’s take a look at the movie that started it all, Star Wars (1977).  It’s a great movie but it’s not without its faults.  Here’s a few bloopers you may not have noticed in the movie.

  • At the beginning of the movie when R2-D2 is in the escape pod and C3PO is arguing with him there is a shot of 3PO from the side and you can see the reflection of the camera in his head.
  • When Darth Vader and Ben are fighting, Darth’s chestplate is on backwards and the belt “buckle” is as well. It appears that the entire shot was reversed.
  • After Luke gets pulled underwater in the trash compactor, he is shown with a piece of garbage on his forehead in one shot. In the next shot his forehead is clean, but in the following shot, the piece of garbage is back again.
  • The first interior shot of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit shows small hanging dice. In every other shot, however, the dice are gone.
  • When Leia shoots a hole in the detention area wall for their escape, the hole is not big enough to jump through, but when they all jump in, the hole is much bigger.
  • If you watch carefully before Han Solo shoots Greedo, you can see that Greedo has been replaced with a fake-looking goofy dummy just before he explodes.
  • When the walls of the trash compactor start moving, the bar Leia uses to brace them is easily obtainable, but in the previous shots, it was partly buried in garbage.

The Force is upon us.  It is strong.  But who is the new Dark Lord?  Jar Jar (an undercover spy and Jedi)? Luke (like father, like son)?  The Sith’s laws say there can only be two Sith at a time: a master and an apprentice. There’s food for thought.  What about Snoke and Kylo Ren?  Is Princess Leia, a Jedi now? Has everyone turned to the Dark Side?  How many Wilhelm Screams will be in the movie??  These questions and more will all be answered on December 18th. Or will they?

See you at the movie!

 

Star Wars 7: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

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Will Yoda make a cameo in Star Wars 7? In a few days we will know for sure. Meanwhile, enjoy this Star Wars trivia:

  • While filming the lightsaber fight scenes, Ewan McGregor kept getting carried away and making the sounds of the weapon himself, which had to be removed in post-production.
  • Tupac Shakur auditioned for the role of Mace Windu.
  • An early draft of the Star Wars saga began with “This is the story of Mace Windu, a revered Jedi-bendu of Opuchi who was related to Usby C.J. Thape, a padawan learner of the famed Jedi.” It wasn’t until Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace that Mace Windu and Padawans first made an appearance.
  • The waterfalls cascading around the capital city of Naboo was actually salt.
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones was labelled as “Cue Ball” when it shipped to theaters.
  • The cow-like creature seen grazing in the fields behind Anakin and Padmé in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones can be seen again as an asteroid later in the film.

Be sure to join us for our Star Wars Celebration. Check out this sneak peek video:

 

 

Star Wars 7 – The Force Awakens

star-wars-7-is-best-ever-1440104008-1630Can you feel it?  The Force. It calls.

More fun facts to impress your friends and family:

  • During the evacuation of the Cloud City, you can see an extra running with what appears to be an ice cream maker. The extra has since been given an elaborate backstory, and the supposed ice cream maker is meant to be a database of contacts within the Rebellion.
  • The word “ewok” is never said out loud in the Star Wars movies.
  • Luke’s lightsaber in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi was originally going to be blue to match the lightsaber he lost in the previous film, but George Lucas was worried that it would confuse audiences, and thought a green lightsaber would look better, so he made the change.
  • At one point, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi was going to be called “Revenge of the Jedi” and there were actually trailers and posters produced with the original title.
  • In fact, the producers of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan changed the name of their film from “Revenge of Khan” to avoid confusion between the two films.

 

 

Star Wars: Episode VII – “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader

darthWill Lord Vader be back in Star Wars 7?  There are many who believe he will return. Or is that Jar Jar Binks behind that mask?

Read on for more trivia fellow Star Warriorians:

  • The bounty hunter droid IG-88 was actually built from recycled film props. His head is the drink dispenser from the cantina scene in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
  • Three of the aliens seen on Jabba’s barge in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi are named Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto. Their names appear in Army Of Darkness as the words one must say to destroy the book of the dead. The names themselves actually originated as the words to speak to shut down the robot in The Day the Earth Stood Still.
  • While filming Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, the codename for the project was Blue Harvest, which was supposed to be a horror film with the tagline “horror beyond imagination.” Family Guy called their first installment of their Star Wars parody trilogy by that name, too.
  • Blue Harvest is a reference to the 1929 novel Red Harvest, which was the inspiration for the film Yojimbo, which itself was inspiration for the Star Wars films. (Whew. Got that?)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was labelled as “The Doll House” when it shipped to theaters.

Until next time, Google Jar Jar Binks Sith.  We have not seen the last of him.

Scan old MOVIES in Studio 300

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Retro – 8 Scanning System

We’re happy to announce that Studio 300 acquired the Retro-8 film scanning system that let’s you scan and convert your regular 8mm & Super 8 film (home movies!) to digital movie files.  The system is quite slick and the results will put a smile on your face. The image quality is simply amazing. The Retro-8 has several adjustments for color, exposure, and grain removal to help bring your movies back to life.

Finished scans are in the MOV format so they will play on any computer. You can upload and share finished files on a site like YouTube and/or transfer it to DVD, too.

Have a box of old movies? Stop by Studio 300 and we’ll help you get started converting and preserving all of those old memories.

Here’s the latest episode of 300 Seconds in Studio 300 with Jeffrey and Joe discussing our film scanner. Got five minutes? Click play and listen in.

Want to learn this technology? Join us for two free classes:

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Star Wars – Only Imperial Storm Troopers are so precise

star-wars-episode-7-force-awakens-bb-8-droidMore Star Wars fun facts!

The Jawa language is based on a sped-up version of the Zulu language.

The language Greedo speaks is a South American language called Quechua.

The bounty hunter Bossk’s clothing is a recycled spacesuit from Doctor Who.

Yoda’s species has never been named.

Mark Hamill was in a bad car accident before filming started on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, causing severe facial trauma. The scene in which Luke Skywalker is mauled by a Wampa was added to account for the scarring on his face.

Star Wars – The Force Is Strong With This One

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Here are five more little know facts about the Star Wars Empire!

While shooting the scene in the trash compactor, Mark Hamill held his breath for so long that he burst a blood vessel in the side of his face. They had to adjust framing while shooting the rest of the scene to avoid showing the blemish.

Many of the buildings constructed to be used in shots of Tatooine are still standing in Tunisia. In fact, some of them are still used by locals.

Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles, is Ewan McGregor’s uncle.

Luke Skywalker was originally going to be named Luke Starkiller, and retained the name up until the film began shooting. Luckily, the name was never mentioned, so it was changed to Skywalker with little effort.

The starship that became the Blockade Runner seen at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was the original design for the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars – Did you know….

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As we get closer to the the much anticipated release of  Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, here are some more fun facts about the Star Wars Empire:

  1. The actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, Alec Guiness, thought of the Star Wars films as “fairy-tale rubbish”.
  2. Despite this, Alec Guiness negotiated a deal to earn 2% of the gross box office receipts for the movies he appeared in, earning him over $95 million.
  3. Harrison Ford was paid $10,000 for his performance in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
  4. Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin, found his costume boots so uncomfortable that he wore slippers during many of his scenes, and insisted his feet just never be in the shots.
  5. The sound of the TIE Fighter engines is actually the sound of an elephant call mixed with the sounds of a car driving on wet pavement.

More to come.

Star Wars Day Celebration

Be sure to join us at the Fountaindale Public Library for the Star Wars Day Celebration on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00-4:00. Fun for the whole family. Here’s a video promo:

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Star Wars – Now it Begins

Star Wars: Episode VII.  December 18.  If you haven’t marked it on your calendar, do it now.  And get your tickets soon!forceawakens-fanart-1 Meanwhile, if you’re a bit rusty with your Star Wars trivia, no problem. Studio 300 has that covered.  Here are five little know facts about the Star Wars Saga:

  1. Star Wars‘ was not the original title of the film.  In early drafts, the script was entitled Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars. Later it was changed to The Star Wars, and then, eventually, just Star Wars.
  2. Attack of the Clones earned $302 million in domestic box office receipts, it was beaten by both Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  3. Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is computer-generated. Not a single clone costume or helmet was created for the film.
  4. Lucas originally wanted Orson Welles for Vader’s voice but ultimately decided that Welles’ voice was too recognizable. Darth Vader was, of course, voiced by James Earl Jones.
  5. Harrison Ford was no one’s first choice for the role of Han Solo.

More to come. And may the Force be with you until the most anticipated movie of all time opens.

Star Wars Day Celebration

Be sure to join us at the Fountaindale Public Library  for the Star Wars Day Celebration on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00-4:00. Fun for the whole family. Here’s a video promo:

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3D Printed Guitar Stand

The 3D printer in Studio 300 has seen a lot of action in the past 2 1/2 years.

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MakerBot 3D Printer

We have printed some pretty cool stuff for our patrons. Occasionally, a patron asks for something unique and the results can be amazing. That’s the case with this guitar stand pictured..

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Designed completely from scratch, we printed 3 pieces at an 80% fill (almost solid plastic) and our patron then painted the finished items black.  When combined with several other pieces, the stand is complete.

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Completed Guitar Stand

Printing useful objects is what 3D printing is all about.  The Studio 300 3D printer offers almost endless possibilities in the 3D world.  If you’re new to 3D printing, check out the Makerbot or stop by Studio 300 for a first hand look at this exciting technology!