I found some of that magic in the “Absolutely Everything You Need to Know” panel featuring DK Publishing authors and editors. It’s one of the rare cases where the text led the design in a DK book, instead of the other way around. Authors Adam Bray and Cole Horton were asked to come up with an astonishing amount of facts about the Star Wars universe in the process of creating the book. And could invent some of those facts, too, as long as they were approved by the Story Group.
I also found it in the Art of Storytelling panel, featuring power players from Lucasfilm, ILM, ILMxLAB, Skywalker Sound, Lucasfilm Games, and the TV division as well. As if we think the things we’re seeing now are incredible, it’s only going to get more amazing in the next couple of years. Thanks to the collaborative spirit and interdisciplinary nature of the Lucasfilm teams, all of their content output is going to be designed, constructed, intended, whatever word you’d like to use, to create a seamless experience in the virtual world and the real world for Star Wars fans. ILMxLAB’s “Trial on Tatooine” experience is one example of this.
There’s magic to be found all around this franchise, and to continue in that vein, I want to pick up on an annual event – tentatively called the “One Question” project. Last year at Celebration Anaheim, I asked the same question (“Why Star Wars?) of a number of people, and you got to hear their responses. This year, I’ve got a new question I’m asking everyone, which is:
What is most exciting about Star Wars to you right now?
So far, the answers have been a lot of fun, and don’t always correlate with why the answerers were here at Celebration! 🙂 Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we share the answers from people across the spectrum of Star Wars – starting tomorrow with an exclusive Rogue One publishing reveal you haven’t heard anywhere else!
In the meantime, this podcast is brought to you by Zebra Imaging and their 3D Star Wars Holograms. I spent a lot of time in the Exhibition Halls during Star Wars Celebration Europe, and while I saw a lot of VERY cool stuff for sale, I never saw anything as amazing as these holograms. If you have a little shelf space, you can have something that’s part collectible, part work of art, and all awesome that jumps right out at you, almost as if the movies themselves were happening right there in your home or office. Take a moment to check out the Star Wars 3D Holograms at Zebra Imaging’s website to see what I mean. The 2D representation there (or here, or anywhere else) can’t quite do it justice, but you’ll still be wowed by them.