Another Custom T-Shirt

Zazzle just canceled another one of my custom projects (boo) but recently I had this one done by Swisstees. Sure it takes a long time, like a month, but you get what you want:



25 Responses to “Another Custom T-Shirt”

  1. bansheegun Says:

    Don’t know if you saw this. Star Wars Battlefront Dev Diary uses music from the Prequels, yet made a conscious effort to exclude the PT era from the game.

    “I’m Disney. I like to bank off the Prequels yet don’t actually like to include them in anything new we are doing.”

  2. Marshall Says:

    You should try this one:

  3. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    You can strike Obi-Wan and Yoda’s names from that T-shirt.

  4. piccolojr1138 Says:

    I doubt this is a conscious choice from Abrams, but here are some rhymes between Attack of the Clones and The Force Awakens.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I’m sure there were 800,000 real people hired for that one shot.

    • bansheegun Says:

      TFA shot looks kind of… Corny.

      • Jim Raynor Says:

        I like the new Korean teaser, and I realize this is a foreign teaser that wasn’t even meant for American release, but we’ve still got no story here. Still just hype and banking on nostalgia.

        I’m a sucker for imposing militaristic villains so I will say this teaser was cool and stirred my interest a bit. I’m staying open minded and hoping to enjoy the new film. However, the “mystery box” marketing campaign seems more than a little hollow at this point. By going gaga over these scraps, fandom shows how easy it is to manipulate.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        Yes. Four months out and I still couldn’t tell you what this was about, unverified spoilers notwithstanding.

      • bansheegun Says:

        From the spoilers I’ve read, and these are from (usually) reliable websites, the story sounds like something out of fan fiction. There’s also a plot point that I’m banking on will drive OT-fanboys insane with rage. But I’ll leave it at that.

        I don’t think I can enjoy something that’s acting as one big apology tour to people who hate the prequels.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        There are definitely some things that will upset fans if they are true.

      • Bob Clark Says:

        There’s something about seeing all of the familiar Star Wars elements– Stormtroopers, TIE Fighters, Imperial guys– in cold, bright light that really ups the corny factor. They’re not surrouned by their usual battleship grey context. There’s nothing else in the scene to really add to the elements we arleady know and add anything, the way you had with the PT’s locations like Naboo or classic places like Tatooine. Seeing all those things in such a barren, bright and blank environment forces you to look at them all on their own, as if they’re in a THX void, and as such, it’s hard not to feel the skeptic in you take over and snicker at them.

  5. J. Reeves Says:

    What’s also lacking in the TFA shot is the former’s stunning saturation. This is not a minor point. AOTC’s end compositions are deep-hued and very bold. George’s middle prequel film reveals his sincere love of visual storytelling and is like a set of paintings come to life. Lucas also delights the viewer’s eye with beautiful crepuscular rays being cast over the gathered dignitaries, the lovely ringed glow of blue-engined behemoths which are taking off in the distance, and rows of clones who are standing in slightly disordered lines, looking like furrowed hedges in their vast formations. Then you have the close-up shot of them which reveals their creepy, reflecting visors (and also reveals that some are different-coloured according to rank). And that’s without saying one word about the extraordinary musical passage that accompanies this closing passage.

    Situating everything outdoors makes all those Imperial elements look sort of copied-and-pasted and naked, as you seem to have implied. I almost hate to use the term, but I will: video-game-ish. It’s also more of a cliche, compositionally, since the troops appear to be getting addressed by their supreme leaders. In AOTC, there is a creepy theme of spectatorship, which plays out to the very end, with the various politicians (some good: i.e., Bail; some bad: i.e., Palpatine) simply *watching*. The troopers are organizing THEMSELVES. It’s subtly disquieting and really fitting for the operatic, doom-laden climax of the middle prequel. The TFA image, to me, unfortunately conjures up any number of fantasy entertainments with similar tableaux, from “I, Robot”, to “The Two Towers”, and doesn’t offer anything particularly new. I’m not a fan of the twisting camera movement, either.

    I didn’t lose bladder control over this lone new image. As Jim Raynor said, the very fact that fans can go “gaga” over scraps like this proves, in fact, not just how easy they are to manipulate, but even suggests they LIKE being manipulated. Maybe I’m just getting cynical in my advancing age.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I think Abrams was going for something similar to AOTC, which would be the third time the saga has had a visual reference to “Triumph Of The Will.” The coda in AOTC gave a sense of the poop hitting the fan as millions of troopers march off into ships going off in different directions. The formerly peaceful Republic was now militarized to the teeth and the galaxy was plunging into war. I don’t know what the context is of the TFA scene but how are the guys in the back supposed to hear or see anything? Are there any Jumbotrons?

      • J. Reeves Says:

        Yes. You have a sharp reading of the scene. Your command of the English language is quite joyful (wish you’d write a prequel book of your own). Militarized to the teeth, ah! Absolutely. AOTC’s ending is very operatic and truly powerful. The TFA shot is presented out-of-context, of course, and just feels all the more anodyne as a result.

        I had a similar thought regarding how all those guys see and hear (or don’t hear). I mean, perhaps it is being pumped into all their helmets, though that would kind of take the “oomph” out of the scene, wouldn’t it? Quoting “Triumph Of The Will” for its own sake? I hope the scale of that scene plays better on the big screen and feels earned.

    • Jim Raynor Says:

      Great analysis, J. Reeves. Just being a fan and not a filmmaker, I never even thought about the composition of those scenes on he level that you laid out. You’re absolutely right though about how much more elaborate and powerful the AOTC scene seems compared to what we have from TFA so far.

      Lucas has taken a lot of flack for his CGI use, while Abrams has won favor from the fanboys for his “practical effects.” Well both scenes here have used CGI to portray massive fictional armies. But it seems like Lucas was playing on a completely different and much more imaginative level. The man deserves so much more credit not only for his ideas, but for his visual storytelling.

      • J. Reeves Says:

        Thanks, Jim. This is actually Cryogenic from TheForce.Net. We have the same initials! Yay. 🙂 And I couldn’t agree more.

        I’ve said before that there’s an expressionistic quality to Lucas’ use of CGI and digital technology. Clearly, for their time, the prequels were technically innovative; and THEN you have the very impressive use of light, shading, and colour, and formidable compositions throughout. “My story’s in the visuals” is something Lucas has said more than once.

        I’m not a filmmaker, but I do have an interest in photography (perhaps sparked, in part, by my obsession with the prequels), and I’ve tried to pay attention to, and seek out, as many comments on the visual construction of the movies as I could find. When you start noticing something, it then becomes hard to stop. I feel these films can teach an invested viewer a lot.

        One thing I didn’t point out is how much greater the shadow detail is in the AOTC wide shot. Take another look at the top comparison picture. The clone formations are casting very obvious and convincing shadows on the ground. There is virtually no shadow detail in the TFA shot, lending to a fake, cut-and-paste look (to my eyes, at least). Perhaps it’s appropriate for the outdoor daylight setting with a high light source, but it’s not as visually-stimulating. Abrams has almost no grasp of chiaroscuro, while the prequels bleed chiaroscuro in every frame (especially, and maybe that makes the comparison a touch unfair, AOTC).

        Perhaps a few more people will see how radically beautiful the prequels are in the years to come.

      • Stefan Kraft Says:

        As pointed out by the others: excellent analysis by J. Reeves. 🙂
        As for the released TFA scene: I try not to judge the movie yet. It has not been released, so… However, the whole marketing and the fact that large parts of GL’s story treatments were (maybe? probably?) thrown out leave a bad taste in my mouth.

  6. J. Reeves Says:

    Oh, and, LP…

    Nice shirt. 🙂

    Been a while since I posted here.

    You do such a great service with this wonderful blog. Thank you.

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