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The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

3. February 2016 20:49
by Team Negative One

Tutorial, Stabilization with PF Clean

3. February 2016 20:49 by Team Negative One | 0 Comments

Stabilizing in PF Clean PLEIn this video, we use the Personal Learning Edition of PF Clean to demonstrate some of the ways you can stabilize footage using this software. If you watched our "How to clean up Team Negative One's Grindhouse Empire Strikes Back" video, you may recall that I simply dropped the auto stabilize effect into the stack and boom, the clip stabilized. It's important to realize that it's not always going to be that simple:

Ordinarily, we would crop the soundtrack and sprocket holes before beginning any clean up, but by leaving it all in place it allows us to easily demonstrate some of the issues you may face in your real world usage. For example, after adding the areas and doing the manual stabilization, having the soundtrack in place makes it very obvious what is wrong at the end of the clip because it is a bright white line moving across the screen. If we had cropped it off, the same thing may still have happened, but black on black would make it harder to see. (I have seen the same sort of thing happen in many scenes in the film, but this just illustrates it perfectly.)

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The Star Wars Trilogy | 1984 TV Times Interview with Carrie Fisher

The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

24. July 2013 05:35
by jedi1

1984 TV Times Interview with Carrie Fisher

24. July 2013 05:35 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

In this vintage interview with Carrie Fisher, she discusses what it was like to grow up a daughter to Hollywood royalty, making it big herself in Star Wars, and what's next.

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Carrie on growing up!

by Douglas Thompson in Hollywood

Carrie Fisher lights up another cigarette and, in a voice that sounds like the deep, rich buzz of grinding coffee beans, reflects on a time long, long ago when banner headlines told of her birth to Hollywood royalty. Now, a very rich princess herself from the Star Wars film trilogy, she looks back with wisecracking cynicism at the years when she was known only as the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher.

At 28, with her marriage to songsmith Paul Simon waiting to get on the calendar of the Los Angeles divorce courts, after a miscarriage and flirtations with various consciousness-raising movements, Carrie feels she’s growing up — something she believes she has done against the odds.

'You're not allowed to grow up with parents who are famous and then get into one of the biggest movies of all time and run around with famous people — it’s resented after a while,’ she says.

photo: Born to Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, the ‘dream couple’ of the Fifties, Carrie Fisher learned the price of fame.
Photo: Carrie as Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars’, two years after her 1975 film debut in ‘Shampoo’ (left) with Warren Beatty.
Photo: As Robert Powell’s fiancee in ‘Frankenstein’, on ITV on Thursday 27 December, Carrie is still trying to shake off that Princess Leia image and forget a broken marriage.

Carrie is sharp, quickwitted, with a cruel streak of humour that she uses to hide her childhood bitterness. She is just 5ft 1 in tall, with a rounded face that was not complemented by the head-set hairdo she was given as Princess Leia in Star Wars, the smash 1977 film that you can see on ITV on Sunday 30 December. But things began to change with The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and, by Return of the Jedi (1983), she was doing a sexy number in a harem outfit, waiting for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to free her from her chains and the slobbering alien villain Jabba the Hutt.

When she can, Carrie lives in a one-room pine-panelled log cabin that she rather grandly calls a lodge’, high up a canyon in the Hollywood hills. She is at present looking for something bigger in Beverly Hills, a house she can ‘fix up', and her price range is around 1,500,000 dollars.

Earlier this year, when she split up with the Simon of Simon and Garfunkel after less than a year’s marriage, she plunged into work and also into losing her Princess Leia image. She is being seen in American cinemas at present in Garbo Talks, with Anne Bancroft, shortly in the romantic comedy The Man With One Red Shoe and is working on Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters with an impressive cast. For Yorkshire Television this year, Carrie made Frankenstein, playing Robert Powell's long-suffering fiancee — you can see that film on ITV on Thursday 27 December and the documentary Star Wars: The Making of a Saga, the following day.

It is now 10 years since she made her film debut, as the teenager seducing Warren Beatty and, very un-Princess Leia-like, uttering a four-letter word in Shampoo, to her mother’s disapproval.

But mother and daughter are close, although Carrie admits: ‘Debbie remains the girl-next-door, whereas I live somewhere down the street.’

There is, she says, no chance of a reconciliation with Paul Simon. She will not be drawn on what went wrong, but friends believe it had a lot to do with geography. Simon likes New York and solitude. Carrie prefers Los Angeles, where she is now planning to put down her roots.

It will be like going home. Carrie’s parents were the 'dream couple’ of the Fifties. Mother was the film star, the sweetheart of Singin' in the Rain (1952) and the heroine of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). Father was the curly-haired idol who sang Oh Mein Papa and many others. Carrie was conceived while they were both filming the aptly titled movie Bundle of Joy (1956). But the joy vanished two years later when her father ran off with the family’s closest friend, Elizabeth Taylor. Debbie, Eddie, Liz and, later, Dick (Richard Burton) were headline fodder for more than 10 years.

Carrie's mother married wealthy shoe manufacturer Harry Karl. Her father married and divorced Taylor and found himself in an abyss of alcohol and drugs. Their daughter hides the scars with remarks such as: 'There are a lot of parallels with me and Princess Leia. Dad goes off to the dark side and Mom marries a millionaire.

‘I saw what the media did to my parents, especially to my father, and how seriously they took it. They weren’t really parents — they were newspaper copy. My brother [Todd, 26] and I grew up on the “Map of the Stars’ Homes”. We played games on the tourists. If they shot stills, we ran. If they shot movies, we stood still. I developed a phobia about being photographed that I didn’t get over until Star Wars.

‘My brother and I were products of a broken home. No, a broken mansion. Mom was away a lot on location or in Las Vegas. Teams of people brought us up.

At 13, I was singing in nightclubs. I went directly from the arena of Debbie-and-Eddie to the arena of Star Wars movies. Really, they’re like cowboys and Indians in space.’

As for being typecast as Princess Leia, Carrie is working hard to prevent that with roles in classics such as Frankenstein. She has been asked repeatedly to star in her own television series and been tempted with the accolade of the title The Carrie Fisher Show. But she turned it down. 'I said not right now,’ she says.

'It's a very long commitment. Star Wars, in effect, was a series and I've only just finished that.’

Photo: Happier days for Carrie Fisher and songwriter husband Paul Simon, who were later to split up after less than a year. There’s no chance of a reconciliation, says Carrie.

[Source: TV Times 12/22/1984, P.146-148]

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The Star Wars Trilogy | Starlog Photo Guidebook to Science Fiction Toys and Models

The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

26. May 2015 17:27
by jedi1

Starlog Photo Guidebook to Science Fiction Toys and Models

26. May 2015 17:27 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Written and compiled by (now) renowned collector, Steven Sansweet, this 1980 publication touches only briefly on Kenner's game changing Star Wars toys...

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Star Wars scores off the screen

There'll be a hot time in the old Cantina tonight with the Creature Cantina Action Play set. The toy comes complete with a colorful backdrop and an "action platform" with various buttons and teuers that open doors and knock over bad guys such as Greedo and Snaggletooth. An earlier, all-cardboard version of the Cantina came with four creatures and uias apparently sold only at Sears.

It took an unheralded motion picture by a little known director to make the Buck Rogers toy craze of the 1930s look puny by comparison. The popularity of Star Wars was so unexpected that major toymakers didn’t bid on the licensing rights until after R2-D2, C-3P0 and the gang were already doing their thing on the silver screen. Therefore there were few Star Wars toys to meet a huge demand for the Christmas of 1977. Kenner Products, a subsidiary of General Mills, instead sold cardboard portfolios with mail-in certificates for miniature action figures.

When the stores finally did get Star Wars products, they could scarcely keep them in stock. It's estimated that more than $200 million of Star Wars toys were sold in 1978 and 1979. With The Empire Strikes Back, the number of Star Wars toys mushroomed. Collectors who want to acquire all the toys and related items (sheets, plastic tableware, ceramic banks, drinking mugs, greeting cards and much, much more) are looking at an outlay of well over $1,000.

Besides the miniature and foot-tall poseable figures, the Star Wars line includes replicas in various scales of many of the major spacecraft and vehicles, some of which include a battery-operated sound and light device. There are several board games and electronic strategy games, numerous costumes and playsuits from Ben Cooper and a line of higher-priced but very high quality masks from Don Post Studios.

The Kenner playsets include a cutaway section of the Death Star. Han Solo's Millenium Falcon, the infamous Cantina and a factory to make robots. Speaking of which, the various R2-D2 toys are interesting to compare. Similar at first glance, they are all quite different, especially the Japanese versions which aren't permitted to be sold in the U.S. because of Kenner's exclusive license. •

Land of the Jawas Action Playset comes with a Sand Crawler backdrop with a manual elevator. The base simulates the desert sands of Luke Skywalker: home planet. Tatooine. There ’s an escape landing pod just like the one R2-D2 and C-3PO used to escape the evil forces of the Empire.

Darth Vader's Tie Fighter comes in "evil gray color" according to Kenner Products. The solar panels on the sides pop off at the push of a button to simulate battle damage. A hand-operated lever raises the cockpit seat. A battery-operated red "laser" cannon lights up and emits a whining sound when a button on the rear deck is pushed.

The Star Wars Droid Factory comes with 33 interchangeable parts to build five different robots at once, including R2-D2. A moveable crane carries parts from the supply to the assembly areas, with the Jawas in close supervi-

The Death Star Space Station has such features as a manual elevator that goes to all four levels, a swiveling Laser Cannon that jumps from its housing when hit. a "light bridge" with escape rope, a control area with an escape hatch and the infamous trash compactor with a moving wall, foam "garbage" and a monster.

These are just a few of the R2-D2 toys made in both the U.S. and Japan. They include a stuffed canvas version, a Japanese radio with a Coca Cola label, the U.S. radio-controlled robot and the Japanese sonic controlled version that "spits" small plastic saucers, a smaller Japanese battery-operated model and a windup R2-D2. Under a licensing agreement, the Japanese toys can't be sold in the U.S.

The first series of Star Wars diecast metal (and plastic) vehicles includes Luke Skywalker's Land Speeder that rides on springy axles, an Imperial Tie Fighter with detachable solar panels, Luke's X-Wing Fighter and Darth Vader's Tie Fighter in that "evil gray" finish.


FRONT COVER: (Clockwise from top right) 1) Official Tom Corbett Space Gun from the early 1950s by Louis Marx & Co. looks more like something an FBI agent would carry, but does have some "spacey” markings on its tin litho center section. After being wound with a built-in key. the toy burps like a machine gun and throws sparks from the front end. 2) The first 21 miniature figures from Star Wars by Kenner Products includes the major heroes, villains and hangers-on from the Cantina. 3) Walt Disney's RM-1 Moon Ship plastic model kit first sold by Strombecker around 1955, was designed by rocket expert Wemher Von Braun for Disney's Man in Space television show. In the rear is a ring of expendable fuel tanks designed to let the craft make a round-the-moon flight without landing. 4) A series of flying saucers, mostly made in Japan within the last 10 years, spin around, bump-and-go and even lift off the ground. For UFOs, they all seem to have very human-looking pilots. 5) Everybody’s favorite robot, Robby, made his debut in Forbidden Planet in 1956. At least a dozen Robby look-alike toys came out over the next decade. This is the battery-operated “Mechanized Robot" from Showa in Japan, complete with a dome that lights up to show pistons pounding away. REAR COVER: (Clockwise from top right) 1) The Captain Video Space Game by Milton Bradley Co. lets junior rocket jockeys play along with the good captain’s television adventures in the early 1950s. A spin of the Videoscope could take players to planets like Zeno and Corvi. 2) All tin lithographed Space Patrol vehicle from Japan in the late 1950s, has both wheels and tank treds to get it over rough terrain on unfriendly planets. The driver rotates while firing his red laser gun as a screen in the rear lights up to show a cosmic map. 3) On patrol, one of Darth Vader’s Imperial Stormtroopers searches for R2-D2 and C-3PO while astride a Dewback. The repulsive lizard can be found in the deserts of Tatooine, as well as in boxes from Kenner Products. 4) Krome Dome, a plastic and metal robot from Japan, chases Metal Man. Old chrome-top can be vicious. His mouth snaps open and closed while his accordion-like body rises up and then contracts about an inch. 5) Hand-carved acetate pattern for Aurora Products' plastic model kit of Star Trek's ever-rational Mr. Spock battling a threeheaded creature. The kit was released in the U.S. in 1973 by AMT Corp.


The author gratefully acknowledges the help of Ron Miller, for providing photos of most of the model kits used in the book; Bob Bums, for the use of many toys from his collection as well as for his wealth of knowledge about them; Mike Minor, for his help and advice beyond the call of duty and friendship, and for his genius in creating the sets on which many of the photos were taken; Steve Essig, for the long hours and fantastic photos that resulted; Mike Matney, for technical assistance and forbearance; and last but certainly not least, Bob Canning, for his invaluable assistance and support in every phase of this project.

Most Star Wars photos were supplied by Kenner Products. Star Wars is a trademark of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. Characters are © 1977, 1978 by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

[Source: Starlog Photo Guidebook to Science Fiction Toys and Models, 1980, P1-3,14-15,35-36. Copyright © 1980 O'Quinn Studios, Inc. All rights reserved. Starlog is a registered trademark of O'Quinn Studios, Inc.]

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