Posts Tagged ‘flashback friday’

Flashback Friday: Behind The Scenes From AOTC

June 19, 2015

Copped from Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page…


Flashback Friday: Visiting The FIDM Dressing A Galaxy Exhibit

September 26, 2014

For your perusal, my 2005 visit to the FIDM Dressing A Galaxy exhibit in Los Angeles:

We got to the FIDM early and since there weren’t a lot of people around, they went ahead and let us in. I have to say we all had a much better time at this exhibit. Because the galleries were open and because there weren’t people crowded all over the place, you actually could get a good long look at the costumes. SW music played over the speakers and plasma screen played scenes from the movies in various rooms. The costumes are divided into the OT room, the Jedi, Senators, bad guys, royalty and other good guys, and Padmé’s wardrobe. Artoo and Threepio were on display at the beginning. Some I’d seen before at the Magic of Myth exhibit in 1997-99 and a couple of others were on display at Celebration II, but the rest were new to me. I’d never seen Leia’s snowsuit from TESB before, so seeing it was cool. The show of course focused on Trisha Biggar’s work on the PT and I was just blown away. What beautiful clothes! Even minor characters seen onscreen a few moments had marvellously-detailed costumes. I can tell you the Neimodians are really big in person. I never expected them to be for some reason. Natalie has to be quite tiny…the Amidala throne room costume from TPM looks like it was made for a kid, which she was at the time. But even some of her costumes from AOTC and her Mustafar outfit from ROTS show that she must have a tiny waist and real thin legs. The handmaidens didn’t seem to be much bigger either.

Chewbacca is there and so is the ROTS Darth Vader. Girls, you can get up real close and personal to that codpiece! Heh heh. Unfortunately, there are sensors around the open display cases and if you get too close to them, a security guard will yell at you or, like my dad did, set off the sensors. He standing too close to Vader and was pointing at something when they went off.

As you would expect there is an entire room of Padmé’s costumes. This was actually my favorite part of the exhibit…gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. The wedding dress took by breath away. Even my mom thought it was fabulous. She also loved the picnic gown. Pretty much all of Padmé’s duds are on display there, including her burial gown from ROTS, complete with a flower filled coffin. It was damn sad looking at it. The mannequin was clutching the japor snippet. Waaah! The coffin looked pink in person, but that could be just the lighting. The flowers inside were silk flowers, which leads me to suspect the ones used in the movie were real. The only costumes of hers not seen at the exhibit are her Naboo battle outfit from TPM (in Paris), her parade gown from TPM (in Paris also), her Tatooine disguise from TPM, and her rainbow dress from AOTC.

My only quibble is that they turned the mannequin displaying Padmé’s Naboo nightgown/velvet robe from AOTC to the side, making it really hard to see the nightgown. The only nitpick I caught was the display for the black throne room gown from TPM…it noted that Natalie wore the costume but aside from promo shots, she never did wear the costume in the movie. Keira Knightley did. Oh well. Queen Apailana and Jamillia’s costumes are on display too, by the way. And there’s an area where you can paw some swatches of fabric used for the costumes.

There were fans of all ages in attendance but there were also some design students hanging around sketching. One girl was going nuts gushing over the frocks. I don’t know if they were studying how to make costumes for film/stage or if they were studying fashion design but it was cool seeing these costumes inspire people.

The gift shop was tiny. It was so small, they had to let in a few people at a time. I bought some stuff for friends and grabbed for myself a souvenir t-shirt ($30, but I’m a sucker), a souvenir magic cube, a magnet of Anakin looking angsty and wicked with the black eyeliner, an Anakin ROTS Bust-Up, and a set of oversized postcards. The postcards are very slick.

Unfortunately, since my digital camera has an automatic flash and flash photography wasn’t permitted, I didn’t take any pictures. My dad though got a couple of shots off of his cell phone. We’ll see if they turn out!

In a nutshell, if you can come to L.A. to see this exhibit between now and early December, do it! It’s only five bucks to get in and you’ll be able to geek out all you want. Just don’t set off those sensors.

Flashback Friday: Art Of The Starfighter

September 19, 2014


Photo from Sherry at Moisture Farm Co-Op

Star Wars: Art of the Starfighter was a mini exhibit that opened at the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries hall in April 2001 and ran for a couple of months. It featured a real-life honest-to-the-Force prop Naboo fighter from TPM and some related exhibits.

Since your humble webmiss lived in nearby northern Virginia at the time, I got to attend the exhibit’s opening shindig. I was there with fans from everywhere from Richmond to New York City and it was my first interaction with the 501st. The closest chapter at the time was in NYC if you can believe it. It was amazing to see how tourists reacted to 501st members. People were going crazy. And stormtroopers were helping to conduct traffic outside of the museum building so people could cross the street! The fighter itself was pretty cool to see in person, though the shiny parts of it seemed to have been made from…aluminum foil! Really! You could see the seams of different sheets of foil. Of course none of this shows up on camera, so it’s all good.

Not only were there many fans and cosplayers, there were a couple of execs from Lucasfilm/LucasArts and from the Smithsonian, plus special guest ILM model shop supervisor John Goodson. I remember Goodson was a really nice guy. He’d been working his butt off, first on “Planet of the Apes” and then going on to AOTC.

Afterwards I went with the cosplayers, including the 501st, to D.C.’s Planet Hollywood for lunch. Imagine how wacky we looked walking down the street in our Star Wars gear. Those were the days!

Here are more details from a fan’s 2001 report on TFN.

Flashback Friday: The Clone Wars Movie Opens 6 Years Ago Today

August 15, 2014

The Clone Wars movie (which was really the pilot episodes cobbled together as a 90 minute film) was unleashed August 15, 2008 at theaters worldwide. The quickie release grossed $68 million worldwide and launched the legendary t.v. series.

You can read my original review here.

Flashback Friday: Roger Ebert’s Review of TPM

August 8, 2014

Christian J. Simpson posted a link to Roger Ebert’s 1999 review of TPM on the SWPAS Facebook page, and I figured what the hey, it would make for a nice Friday Flashback.

What he does have, in abundance, is exhilaration. There is a sense of discovery in scene after scene of “The Phantom Menace,” as he tries out new effects and ideas, and seamlessly integrates real characters and digital ones, real landscapes and imaginary places. We are standing at the threshold of a new age of epic cinema, I think, in which digital techniques mean that budgets will no longer limit the scope of scenes; filmmakers will be able to show us just about anything they can imagine.

Flashback Friday: My First Ever SDCC 10 Years Ago

July 18, 2014

Next week is the Davos of nerdiness, the Coachella of geekhood, the Burning Man of couch potatoes, San Diego Comic Con. Your humble web miss will be attending. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the first time I went to San Diego Comic Con. To keep it brief, I moved to San Diego in July 2004, about 10 days before the con. I bought my pass by mail in June and got my confirmation in the mail just before moving away from Virginia (even then you only got a confirmation, not an actual pass). I only went one day (July 24) but I picked the right day to go…the day they announced the title for ROTS.

What I’m about to describe is completely impossible today. There’s no way in hell you can just waltz into Hall H an hour before a program. There are hundreds of thousands at the con now instead of tens of thousands, and far more media. And in 2014, Star Wars doesn’t have that big of a presence in terms of programming though I expect that to change next year for obvious reasons.

But what a day it was! There hasn’t been a SDCC like it since as far as I’m concerned.


Flashback Friday: AOTC In IMAX

July 11, 2014

Some of you following Ep VII developments might have noticed this Bad Robot tweet from a few days ago, depicting an IMAX camera shooting some sand dunes:

Everyone freaked out as though they’d never seen a Star Wars IMAX movie in all of their lives.

But some of us remember AOTC’s limited re-release in IMAX back in the fall of 2002. It was the first and up until now the only Star Wars film ever formatted for IMAX. AOTC bore the bugs of the time; the 2 hour 22 minute film couldn’t fit on IMAX reels so they had to take 20 minutes out of the film. That led some fans to call it the Jimmy Smits-free edit since he was practically cut out of the film. There were other scenes I liked cut and the abbreviated interaction between Anakin and Padmé on Naboo might have led viewers to think they did the deed even after she told him they couldn’t fall in love. That reel problem has since been solved. Only a handful of IMAX-equipped theaters got the film; this was back before the AMC Tinytown Superplex 25s across the country got IMAX screens. Fortunately for me, one of the IMAX theaters was at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History and at the time, I lived in Washington, D.C.’s Northern Virginia ‘burbs. I caught the IMAX version a few times and it played as late as February 2003. Even with its imperfections, it was great seeing it in IMAX. I hope to see all of the Star Wars films in that format.

Flashback Friday: May July 4th Be With You

July 4, 2014


When ROTS was still playing in theaters during the July 4th holiday weekend in 2005, Fox offered a sweet deal to moviegoers who either wanted to take in another viewing or were dragging their feet to see it, particularly families. If you bought three tickets, you got one free. They even whipped up this special poster/ad to promote the occasion.

Flashback Friday: “The Saga Begins” Live

June 27, 2014

Weird Al Yankovic scored big with his musical retelling of TPM “The Saga Begins” in 1999 and it’s been part of his act since. Usually he performs it with his other Star Wars hit, “Yoda” and since his 1999 tour, he and his band usually put on Jedi robes during that segment of the show.

I picked this live performance from 2013 for the following reasons: 1. It’s in Columbia, MO, where I spent four years of my existence while attending the University of Missouri. 2. It was at an event put on by famed venue The Blue Note, where I saw many a show and attended many a dance party at its old location and its current location. Oh the stories I could tell. I saw The Red Hot Chili Peppers there months after Hillel Slovak died and they’d just recruited John Frusciante to replace him; back then Frusciante was a skinny mohawked kid. I also saw Chris & Cosey (still the weirdest show I’d ever seen), KMFDM, Fugazi, Dread Zeppelin, The Ocean Blue, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Cramps, Special Beat (which was members of The Specials and English Beat), and lots of never heard of ’em bands, including one time when I accidentally showed up for a Grateful Dead cover band show. Once Club MTV did a college tour there where two lucky winners got flown out to New York to be on the show. No, I wasn’t one of them.

Anyway, what’s great about this outdoor performance is the audience singing along. You probably will too:

Flashback Friday: Midnight Madness 1999

June 20, 2014

There are a lot of news reports out there about the first Midnight Madness in 1999 that heralded the release of TPM-related merchandise. This one in particular comes from a small town in Florida, where locals set upon their Toys R Us. I’ll never forget the Midnight Madness at the Tysons Corner TRU, particularly the way people grabbed action figures off the pegs like piranhas picking flesh off of a carcass.