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Wind up Geek’s Cool Japan: Cool Commercials – ANA’s Cover of Star Wars Theme

13 May

ANABy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

All Nippon Airways (ANA) rolled out this commercial on their official YouTube channel the day before Star Wars fans were to wish each other May the Fourth (or “may the force be with you, always”). This commercial that ANA has produced promotes their specially painted Star Wars passenger jets, three of them in fact. The jets were finished on October 2015, just in time for the release of Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens in theatres in this country.

The first jet is emblazoned with the Star Wars logo whereas the other jets each represented characters from the Star Wars films, both old and new. For the older fans, you can be a passenger on a jet adorned as R2-D2, but for fans who have been introduced to the Star Wars universe through the latest film, BB-8 may be more familiar.

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KW Designs’ Fem7 Armor the Talk of WonderCon 2016

28 Mar

LunaticTrooperWCBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

WonderCon is wrapped-up and is now a footnote in the convention history books, but yet talk lingers on about some of the things seen and heard at the 2016 show. And part of that talk (a lot of it really) is the great new armor by KW Designs (KW) that had premiered last month at the Long Beach Comic Expo. Based off the New Order armor from Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens film, the Fem7, was designed specifically with females in mind. Women have worn the armor of the New Order’s predecessor before, although slightly altered. The Stormtroopers of the original Star Wars trilogy of films were male dominated and there was little room for women in their ranks. With the release of Star Wars VII just last year, to see a woman as a soldier in the New Order, let alone one ranked as high as Captain Phasma (played by Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones), girl power (as the Spice Girls used to promote) has finally come to the Dark Side. Even the baddies had to give in to equality some time.

WonderCon 2016

WonderCon 2016: Martha Quiroz, Sandy Burbano, Sarah Young, Brooke Mayhew Weir, Liz Perales, Ainsley Kelley Parks, & LeeAnna Vamp

 

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Long Beach Comic Expo 2016: Brooke Mayhew Weir

Source(s): Sal Perales, Kevin Weir, and Elizabeth Rage.

Photo Source(s): Kevin Weir.

AMC’s IMAX Promo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Four Image Collage Revealed!

5 Jan

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

AMC Theatres‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX poster collage is complete! The fourth and final poster will be offered to viewers going to see this film this Sunday, Jan 9. In this print, Finn is looking ready to do battle with Kylo Ren. I hoped either character would be used, and artist Dan Mumford did one better by featuring both! Props has to go to this artist for done one better!

The blue tone really works in contrast to the red lightsaber. The blood coloured highlights only accents Ren’s inner rage, and as for those who have seen the movie, the seething anger successfully shows in the tone of this image.

Now the hope is that for fans around the world, not living in the USA, will have the ability to get reprints of this distribution. AMC holds the exclusive for distributing the prints on (presumedly) heavier card stock, but that will not stop a certain group of people taking more than they are allowed to cash in on the craze by selling the set online on eBay.

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Problems with Audio Mixing; How to Experience Star Wars: The Force Awakens

30 Dec
A frame of the IMAX scene in TFA.

A frame of the IMAX scene in TFA.

Is watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TFA) three if not four times within opening week enough? When the film is a thrill ride from beginning to end, the answer is a resounding yes! Mind you, each viewing was done slightly differently to savour the cinema enhancing technology of RealD (3D), IMAX sized screens (a cinema slimmed version versus the 8 story sized proper screens), D-Box Motion Simulation (a flight simulator) and UltraAVX (3D sound with a large screen sized the same as IMAX’s).

Seeing it the way as J.J. Abrams intended will simply mean going to a regular showing with no thrills attached. When no 3D cameras were used during filming, there’s a difference that can be felt in the presentation. But heading to a proper IMAX cinema for that one sequence, presumably when Finn and Rey are running around on Jakku, what this director filmed is worth heading to the right theatre to.

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AMC’s The Force Awakens Poster Promotion Week 3 Image, Analysis & Predictions

28 Dec

star-wars-force-awakens-international-poster1By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Collecting movie posters, especially the international Star Wars ones, can be fun. Trying to track down all the variants is a challenge and when there’s the space to show them off, any movie enthusiast can tell what another person’s taste is like. Usually that means living in a two-story house to show them all instead of keeping them all shrink-wrapped with thick cardboard sleeves and stored in a bin.

With The Force Awakens, although AMC holds the reign with its weekly release of 13×9 prints, the hope with me is that by the time all four Sunday releases are out, the group will get consolidated and hopefully offered to other chains to distribute too. The artwork by Dan Mumford is fantastic. An image for week 3 has not been officially announced but I found what looks like what will be the next one (scroll down to view). As much as I’d like to have this set, the sellers on eBay are making a killing by selling them well above the ‘free’ giveaway which they are.

I understand the nature of supply and demand, but when the prices are crazy ridiculous to capitalize on the starving needs of poster nerds like me, there’s no frigging way I’m succumbing to those collectors’ prices — especially when the postage overshadows the real cost. Most of them are priced to ship using the best shipment form possible, but is it really needed?

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