Clone Wars Press Event at the Ranch

Earlier this week I was fortunate to be asked to bring Artoo to the ranch for an all day  press conference for the new Clone Wars TV series.

It was a late minute request so unfortunately neither Gerard or Steve were available to come with me.

I arrived just before 10am and I was joined by Mark and Anthony from the 501st’s Golden Gate Garrison.

It ended up being a very long but fun day, and we got to meet a lot of the people working on the new show, from the stars to the engineers and artists.

Dave Filoni (Clone Wars Director)

Matthew Wood (General Grievous and sound editor)

Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker voice actor)

Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano voice actor)

One of the coolest thing was between shoots I got to hang out with the artists and engineers. One of them had brought down his collection of concept art figures and even some vintage R2-D2 toys. One of the demos he was showing the press was how he constructed the new Artoo (and R2-KT) for the show and some of the design decisions that went into them.

This is one of the animators on the show, note his t-shirt which has over 50 famous and not so famous robots on it (this was a big topic of discussion on the R2 Builders list a few weeks ago.)

During the course of the day I even got to the bottom of the new nickname “Artooy”, but I’ll keep that story for a astromech.net Friday night chat sometime.

They had the new and unreleased Wii lightsaber video game setup in one area, and pretty much everyone had a go playing it by the end of the day, including Dave Filoni and the clonetroopers.

Throughout the day there was a long line of press that had us doing all sorts of strange stuff from an interview with Artoo to the the clones playing soccer for the British press.

One of the more interesting and surprising things was how the LFL employees responded to having Artoo there. Everyone had a big grin on their faces when they walked by or heard him, and  people kept on popping down from their offices to get a quick photo. I had many complements that my Artoo was “better” than the real one they sometimes bring down from the archive, and the funniest line was “Hey this one makes sounds.” :)

As always there’s many more photos in the gallery.

Posted by Chris on October 10th, 2008 in General | 7 Comments

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7 Responses

  1. pixelFiend remarks on

    Awesome Chris! I’m jealous! :)

    Very cool that everyone showed so much interest. You must have been on cloud nine. Congrats man!

    PF

  2. Kevin remarks on

    Congrats on finally getting to the Ranch, I don’t feel so bad that you couldn’t come to the Staff Picnic last year – but to be honest your trip looked a whole lot more interesting!

    Glad to see R2 getting the attention he deserves! :o)

    Kevin

  3. Max R2 remarks on

    WOW Very COOL Chris !
    I was watching / Recording the preview show and was wondering Who got the sweet deal of getting their R2 used in the show as I Knew it looked better than the real ILM R2

    Congrats Chris !!!

    Max

  4. Chris remarks on

    Hey Max

    The R2 on the US preview show was the ILM R2 and Don was the operator.

    This event was for the international media, Don couldn’t make it so I filled in :)

    Chris

  5. Bob Ross remarks on

    Hi Chris,

    That must have been a great day !! All your hard work, diligence, and attention to detail has really paid off. As always, you’re an inspiration to us all. Bob

  6. Max R2 remarks on

    But the pics you posted show a periscope ?

    The ILM R2 dosen’t have one ?

    I’m confused

    Max

  7. Chris remarks on

    Sorry for the confusion, yes these photos are of my droid (with the periscope) and the event was for the international media (on Oct 6th), most likely anything you saw on the Cartoon Network as far as specials featuring an Artoo is the ILM droid and recorded back in September sometime.

    But if you’ve seen an Artoo with a periscope on TV related to the new show then please let me know where and when – I’d love to grab the footage.

    Thanks
    Chris

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