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Post Posted: November 10th 2003 4:03 am
 
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From the Star Wars Summit at The Presidio comes this report from The SF Fog!

Hey folks, Harry here... fresh from Lucas' Presidio Star Wars Summit for all you soon to be fellow Clone Wars junkies... these damn commercials on Cartoon Network are killing me. That shot of Anikan pawing at the window as the fleet takes off as Padme watches... SO NICELY DONE... the framing of the shots feels more honestly old fashioned Star Wars than anything in the modern films, but that's because well... supergeeks are in control, thank god. Meanwhile, part of the masterplan roll out has been revealed as well as the first screened footage of Episode 3


Harry:

I just came from the Star Wars summit at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was Star Wars-licious!

The attendees were subjected to Star Wars marketing statistics, product licensing and tie-in possibilities and PowerPoint presentations. Yawn for most, but I'm a freak and love that sort of stuff.

Some interesting things came to light. The marketing timeline for Star Wars is as follows - This week, The Clone Wars, then the original Star Wars trilogy is being released September 2004, then Episode 3 teaser advertising begins in January of 2005, Episode 3 May 2005, Episode 3 DVD/VHS November 2005. One little fun fact - seems that they have TWO Star Wars television ideas floating around the ranch...one would be animation and the other - LIVE ACTION. These television projects would be in 2006. Let's hope they're better than the Star Wars Christmas Special, or those Ewok films.



But the REAL meat and potatoes was the Episode 3 footage! Some cool as hell stuff. Anakin is looking darker than ever. Dark clothes, with what appears to be some scars on his face. They showed one seen with Obi-Won, The Emperor and Anakin crashing their ship into a planet as the ship burns.



They showed some animation of what will be OB1's transportation at one point in the film. A large lizard that's able to walk upside down and scale walls.



*minor spoilers*



Oh - and they showed some green screen footage of the final lightsaber fight between Obi-Won and Anakin. It looked colossal. The lightsaber fight to end all lightsaber fights. Evil wins, we all know that. The intensity with which the two were fighting was phenomenal. Seems the final battle takes place on a lava planet, and at one point the two are hoping back and forth on hovercrafts floating over the lava.



That was all I saw, and it got me moist as a snack cake down there. They also showed a "behind the scenes didn't we have a blast filming Episode 3" documentary



At the end they had an extremely funny theatrical production - The Star Wars Trilogy in 30 minutes. I think it played at Comic Con too. Patrick Gorman, the author, has basically done a reduced Shakespeare version of Eps IV- VI. Funny stuff, and a great way to end the presentation portion of the show.



We were then escorted by storm troopers to Jabba's Palace for a reception. Drinks and networking with Darth Vader, Chewbacca and eventually Lucas himself. He did a cameo and a lap, apparently he was having some editing problems...probably putting more new stuff in the "original" trilogies.



If you publish this, you can call me THE SF FOG


Post Posted: November 10th 2003 4:23 am
 

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A friend of mine who attended wrote this (along with a whole write up of the Jabba's palace themed party):

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The fight video: Behind the scenes of Nick Gilliard. It showed them Anakin/Obi in rehersal and then would cut to them filming it with the green screen background. It looks AMAZING! It looks like the best fight to date. It was amazingly fluid. Also showed Obi-Wan vs. 3 guys in blue suits. Don’t know what they’ll be CG-ed in as later but they had bow sticks and it looked like such a cool fight scene.


Episode 3 footage:

1) Opening battle. They started showing immediately after the main scroll. Because I was behind a windowed door, I didn’t hear hardly any diologue. Anakin now has long hair that makes him look quite evil. Him and Obi-Wan are in different Jedi Starfighters fighting someone, it didn’t show. There are little rocket bomb droids that attach to the ship and start tearing away circuitry. One hits Obi Wan and Anakin comes to his rescue, shooting off the droids as Obi yells at him to stop and let him go. Anakin doesn’t an proceeds to slam into Obi-wan, knocking off his wing trying to get the droids off. They were about half way through post on this with most of the CG intact.

2) Palpatine, Obi-wan, and Anakin on a big ship. They start plummeting towards Coruscant (?). I couldn’t hear any dialogue on this but once again, Anakin has some kind of plan I think.

3) CG Animation of Obi-Wan going to a rocky planet and renting a huge lizard. The lizard can scale the rocky walls and he rides it like a horse. He gets intercepted by someone (Dooku possibly?) and it looks like Obi vs. Man and Lizard vs. Small Ship bad guy flew in on. They showed the conceptual art of this and it was beautiful.

4) The very beginning of the ending battle sequence! Anakin looks really friggin evil. It was blue screen all behind him and I was scared to death. Hayden looks like he gives an amazing performance. It starts with Anakin saying something like, “So you’ve come, my old friend.” Obviously they are surrounded by lava. Once again, the fight looks incredibly

5) Last scene was CG Animation of what I can only assume is near the end of the battle. Anakin and Obi-Wan are on moving platforms over the lava. This is where I kind of groaned at the scene. Why do they have to be on moving pieces, over lava, with no hand rails? Anyway, lots of flipping and jumping and close calls. They of course did not show the ending of this.


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Opening battle. They started showing immediately after the main scroll.

They showed the scroll? And the battle starts right after the scroll?


Post Posted: November 25th 2003 7:38 pm
 
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mcdermd wrote:
A friend of mine who attended wrote this (along with a whole write up of the Jabba's palace themed party):



Quote:
It starts with Anakin saying something like, “So you’ve come, my old friend.” Obviously they are surrounded by lava. Once again, the fight looks incredibly









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Post Posted: December 5th 2003 3:11 am
 
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darthpsychotic wrote:
Our forums are and may always be somewhat small but we are fucking :cool:


Just make with the script already, DP.
We'll all promise not to pass it around.


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