LFL names Hewlett-Packard their ‘preferred technology provider.’ They’ll be using HP tech for digital storage and to produce video games and effects.
Although marketing is mentioned briefly, there’s no word yet if this will lead to any kind of product tie-ins. Not that we wouldn’t mind Star Wars-themed paper products, hint hint.
With the JadeCon bearing down on us, blogging has been rather sparse. With my apologies, here’s a few things to check out:
The cast of the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy: Musical Edition (you may remember them from C3) will be performing at the opening of the Boston Museum of Science’s “Science of Star Wars” exhibit this fall. George Lucas himself will be there! We’ll going to start gathering nausea tips and soothing vapors for the cast at JadeCon.
Charles Ross, who performs the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, has been getting quite a bit of press lately – mainly Reuters and The Associated Press which means he’ll no doubt be appearing in your local paper on the next slow news day.
Lucasfilm has hired Joshua Katz as a new head of marketing and is running Presidio with AMD Opteron processors.
Business cards for various Star Wars and Star Trek characters. (Via Boing Boing)
And finally, for Hyperspace members, CJer Charlene Newcomb’s story Turning Point is the latest story on starwars.com.
I believe that about rounds it up… For now.
The official site has coverage of George Lucas at the SIGGRAPH 2005, the digital arts conferance. There’s a full recording of his Keynote Q&A for Hyperspace members. He also addressed plans for the two television shows.
More coverage of the event:
– Life is too short for busy Lucas (Reuters)
Big thanks to Paul Ens for the lead on some articles covering the opening ceremonies of the new Letterman Digital Arts Center: future home of all things ILM, LucasArts and Lucas Licensing.
The AP has a nice description of the facilities.
And the SF Gate has some great photos.
While we’re sorry that this now adds a bit of a commute to some of our friends at Lucasfilm, having a cafeteria where you can get such great views has to help make up for it in a small way.
Disappear from the world for a few days and folks go springing rumors on you.
The word from a mole supposedly at ILM was that staff were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements regarding sequels to the Star Wars movies. (Remember what sequels are? It seems so long since someone has continued a story, instead of going back.)
Lucasfilm says this is not so.
It’s probably just best to sit back and relax. Let’s see Episode 3, first!
Lucasfilm opens an animation facility in Singapore:
“I’ve been a fan of Asian animation and illustration all my life,” George Lucas said. “Asian cinema has had a particularly big impact on a lot of my work. When we began thinking about developing new ways to explore the craft of animation, it seemed a natural step to combine the two. By having a base in Singapore, we can create a new style of animation that will blend East and West and offer something not seen before.”