Star Wars Celebration six runs Thursday through Sunday, but Saturday is usually the busiest day. Here are just a few highlights:
One of the most interesting panels was “Behind the Scenes of the Cantina”, which was shot primarily in Britain. Later, additional aliens were created and filmed in the U.S. Including the band, seen above.
Each character in the bar had mug shots like these taken on the set. These pictures are helpful when reshooting is necessary. The photos are reference so that make up can be exactly recreated. Later these mug shots became the reference for action figures and more, as the characters received official names and back stories. (Note: production images seen here are copyright 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm.)
Another interesting panel featured NASA employees. They talked about how Star Wars influenced their careers, and how, for example, it was science fiction until just last week that lasers fire at targets on other planets. (The new Mars rover, Curiosity, fired a laser at a rock so that we can learn of the rock’s chemical composition.)
Seen here left to right are Holly Griffith, Dennis Bonilla, Travis Fitzgerald, and Michelle Fitzgerald. Travis has a super cool job. He flies the Space Station – meaning he is in charge of the team that sends periodic commands for the ISS to reposition itself and remain properly oriented in orbit.
Crew members talking about the making of the upcoming “Star Wars Detours” parody show. Many of the people who create the “Robot Chicken” parody show help make Star Wars Detours. Seth Green, at far right, is wearing a Harry Potter tie.
George Lucas made a surprise appearance as the presentation ended. More of George Lucas and Star Wars Detours is in our article here.
Carrie said she was hired to be Princess Leia in part because of her sass. The interview showed some of Carrie Fisher’s comedy at Saturday Night Live, and an American Film Institute roast of George Lucas. These are clips that she hadn’t seen in years.
This is similar to the 3D rendering recently introduced for Disney Princesses and on a Han Solo figure at Star Wars Weekends and the Disney booth at Celebration VI.. (See our article about the Disney Princess dolls here.)