Logan Must Make Star Wars

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Our new short film, “Logan Must Make Star Wars”, is now on the YouTubes!  (well, actually, it’s been up for a week or so, I’m just a lazy blogger).

It was a hell of an experience, as all these 48 hour movies are.  We were honored to win Best Story, Best Directing, and Best Comedy at the 10th Anniversary Almost Famous Film Challenge.

It’s probably our last 48 hour movie, as we’re moving forward into features (fingers crossed), but as both Sean Connery and Justin Bieber say … Never say never.

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Photo courtesy of Almost Famous Film Festival

Photo courtesy of Almost Famous Film Festival

Making Laser Swords At Dawn

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From Voyage Trekkers Season 2 - Ep. 2: "Laser Swords At Dawn"

From Voyage Trekkers Season 2 – Ep. 2: “Laser Swords At Dawn”

Voyage Trekkers Season 2 – Episode 2: Laser Swords at Dawn” is here!  This was the very first episode of Season 2 we shot, back in January of 2012.  Now, obviously we were parodying the lightsabers from Star Wars, but we wanted to make something that was distinct and different looking for our show.

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Star Wars concept art by Ralph Mcquarrie. Copyright Lucasfilm.

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Ironically, the first  ideas came from original Star Wars concept art right above, where the sabers had less of a “pole” looking blade and actually had some sharpness to it at the end and some “energy bulge” (yes, I’m using quotations on that) to the base.

Voyage Trekkers concept art for the laser sword

Voyage Trekkers concept art for the laser sword.

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We now had a direction to go with this little mock up I made above.  We meaning Robert Baum, the animator who would be creating the effect and then painstakingly rotoscoping the blades over our live action versions, and Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes.

Other visual references included the way that the game Halo did transparent colored energy, less with swords but more with their shields, and the energy weapons that the Transformers used in the very first episode of the cartoon.  So we were moving kind of in the direction of the first Star Wars movie, where the swords were treated more like broadswords and less like katana.

Adam Rini holds the laser sword created by Todd Cook.

Adam Rini holds the laser sword created by Todd Cook.

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On the shoot the actors held their laser sword handles with long orange poles in them so that Robert could see exactly where the blades where supposed to be and could animate the energy beams over them.  It actually took a while to find a distinct look for the laser swords.  Here are just a few examples in the video below (enlarge and watch on HD to really see the variations)

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We  have some nifty behind the scenes videos below, the first being “Season 2 – Day 1”, which follows us on that first day of filming.  There’s no laser sword action, we wanted to keep that a bit of a surprise for the episode, but it’s still fun.  And second is a neat featurette on the making of some of the props by Todd Cook of Todd Cook Designs, including the laser swords.

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Season 2 Has Launched!

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We’re proud to announce that Season 2 has kicked off with the first episode, “Welcome Aboard.”  Strap yourselves in a prepare for more adventures of the worst crew in the galaxy as they return to ruin new lives and civilizations!

As rewards to our fans we’re going to have a ton of bonus content for you during these crazy weeks as we roll out ten brand new episodes.  This’ll include more podcasts and more Captain’s Blogs.  And, as always, you can find a cornucopia of goodies on our Voyage Trekkers Facebook page!

Yeah, I didn’t really need sleep anyway…