It’s very interesting to go back to the original critical reviews of films that are held in such high esteem today, because at the time of their release, opinions were often very different.
Last week saw the 35th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars film. Today many critics and fans have voiced the opinion that the original trilogy was superior to the more recent prequel trilogy. Whether they are right or wrong is a matter of personal view, but what is interesting is that when Star Wars was released, many of the reviews made the same criticisms about the film as they did for the prequel trilogy. Here’s one example from The New Yorker.
Even more recently, the film Prometheus, a prequel (in spirit) to Alien was reviewed by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as “[lacked] the central punch of Alien”. What is interesting here is that a number of years ago the 1979 journal Films and Filming contained a review of Alien. I will never forget the final line of what was, to be frank, quite a damning review, which stated “this film will not stand the test of time”.
In thirty five years will we look back at films released today in a different, more favourable light?
Wow! There’s simply no other words that can describe the day. With over 2200 people through the door the day was nothing short of energetic! People came from far far away, from Pasadena to Port Pirie, to visit the Library which was transformed into planets from the Galactic Empire!
Endor saw over 40 kids turn their teddy bears into ewoks, Kamino bred a battalion of 90 clones who marched throughout the Library.
Star Wars Storytime entertained scores of younglings, whilst on Coruscant, over 100 padawans were trained in the art of lightsaber battle!
Special guests including Darth Vader and other costumed Star Wars characters provided plenty of photo opportunities, and the chance for padawans to practice their new saber skills.
There was also self-guided craft, a Star Wars Quiz and a screening of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to top off a long, yet fun filled day, for children and adults alike!
Special thanks to our partners, Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza, ToyCorner, and Costumebox Australia for their assistance, and a special thank you to members of the 501st Terror Australia Garrison and the Rebel Legion Tatooine Garrison for attending in costume on the day.
…is what several people have asked in response to the Star Wars Lego film we put together a few weeks back. Briefly describing the process, the actual filming of the Lego was done at my desk, using stop motion. A camera on a tripod took a photo of the Lego scene, then I moved all the characters took another photo and so on. In all there was about 110 images. With the help of Ben from Toddifilms these pictures were strung together using Adobe film making software that trimmed the images and timed them to four frames per second to make it look like they were moving. The opening cut scenes, the ‘a long time ago…’ the opening scroll and end credits were all made on photoshop and imported into the same software. The sound effects are mp3 files found on the net, as is the music.
You can have many layers of sound, each sound file is triggered to begin when a particualr image frame appears on screen. The voices were recorded on a microphone and then turned into a digitised sound file and like the rest of the sound slotted into the film when appropriate. The Lego sabers were replaced with ‘rotoscoped’ sabers again using photoshop. After all the changes the entire series of files is rendered together (which takes a home PC about 6 hours to do!) and then uploaded onto Youtube! Fortunately Lucasfilm is actually supportive of fan films that promote Star Wars, so as long as we aren’t making profit from it, we have no breach issues.
In the lead up to the Star Wars Family Day on July 15th, we knocked up a little video using Lego characters! Sit back and have a look!
Special thanks to Ben Todd of Toddifilms for his assistance.
As part of the Star Wars family day on July 15, young children (2-8 years old) are invited to dress their teddy as an ewok and join our cuddly ewoks for our ewok procession andsinging fun songs! There will be prizes for best dressed teddybear! The sessions will be at 1.00 to 1.30pm and again at 3.00-3.30pm. No bookings are required, but all children must have an accompanying adult. More information on our school holiday program is available here.
Star Wars returns to the Library on July 15th as part of the July School Holiday Program! There will be a variety of activites for children and adults, from Jedi Saber Techniques and Clone Parades to quizzes and lightsaber battles! The day ends with a screening of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Keep your eye on this blog for further details…