I got my first video camera back in the mid-90’s. It was already dark when we got back from Circuit City (R.I.P.) so I couldn’t go outside and film anything. So I went through my old toy box and pulled out my original Return of the Jedi action figures. I tried to make a stop motion scene that featured The Rancor and a Gamorrean Guard but of course it didn’t turn out. I guess the failure really affected me because that was the first and last time I ever tried to make a Star Wars-themed video. I wish I had kept at it; if I had, maybe I’d already have a decent entry for LucasFilm’s new “Go Rogue” UGC fan film contest.
The winners of this contest will get to live my wildest dreams and visit LucasFilm’s HQ in San Francisco. They’ll also get to see their work on the big screen (plus an advanced showing of Rogue One.) Before the contest was launched the sponsors actually teamed up with Tongal and had them create a series of videos that would inspire other contestants:
“In a celebration of UGC fan creativity, Lucasfilm and creative network Tongal have collaborated with a team of fans to create a series of stop-motion shorts all featuring the debut of key Rogue One products.”
The stop-motion in the Tongal films is really amazing. I wish my Rancor fight scenes had been this smooth:
Here’s some more background on the contest, i.e. Tongal’s involvement.
The fan-made series debuting Rogue One toys brings together characters and vehicles from Hasbro, The LEGO Group, FUNKO, JAKKS Pacific, Mattel, and Disney Store as they try to track down the building instructions to the LEGO Star Wars Death Star set which have been misplaced by the Empire. The creative team was led by James DeJulio at Tongal, and the series was written by Kevin Ulrich and brought to life by stop-motion animators and directors Dan MacKenzie and Tucker Barrie. New installments will roll out throughout September.
“I’ve been a Star Wars fan my whole life so this is a dream project,” said James DeJulio, co-founder of Tongal. “It’s been amazing to see what an inspiration Star Wars has been to so many members of our creative community, whether that’s coming up with their own Star Wars storylines, or playing out scenes with Star Wars toys at home with their kids. I’m excited to share this first ‘Rogue Story’ with the world and hope it inspires other fans to share theirs.”
So are you feeling inspired? If you are, you better finish your wookie suit ASAP because entries are due October 21st. For more details, head here: http://www.starwars.com/go-rogue-contest