Star Wars: Episode VII – “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader

darthWill Lord Vader be back in Star Wars 7?  There are many who believe he will return. Or is that Jar Jar Binks behind that mask?

Read on for more trivia fellow Star Warriorians:

  • The bounty hunter droid IG-88 was actually built from recycled film props. His head is the drink dispenser from the cantina scene in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
  • Three of the aliens seen on Jabba’s barge in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi are named Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto. Their names appear in Army Of Darkness as the words one must say to destroy the book of the dead. The names themselves actually originated as the words to speak to shut down the robot in The Day the Earth Stood Still.
  • While filming Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, the codename for the project was Blue Harvest, which was supposed to be a horror film with the tagline “horror beyond imagination.” Family Guy called their first installment of their Star Wars parody trilogy by that name, too.
  • Blue Harvest is a reference to the 1929 novel Red Harvest, which was the inspiration for the film Yojimbo, which itself was inspiration for the Star Wars films. (Whew. Got that?)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was labelled as “The Doll House” when it shipped to theaters.

Until next time, Google Jar Jar Binks Sith.  We have not seen the last of him.

Scan old MOVIES in Studio 300

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Retro – 8 Scanning System

We’re happy to announce that Studio 300 acquired the Retro-8 film scanning system that let’s you scan and convert your regular 8mm & Super 8 film (home movies!) to digital movie files.  The system is quite slick and the results will put a smile on your face. The image quality is simply amazing. The Retro-8 has several adjustments for color, exposure, and grain removal to help bring your movies back to life.

Finished scans are in the MOV format so they will play on any computer. You can upload and share finished files on a site like YouTube and/or transfer it to DVD, too.

Have a box of old movies? Stop by Studio 300 and we’ll help you get started converting and preserving all of those old memories.

Here’s the latest episode of 300 Seconds in Studio 300 with Jeffrey and Joe discussing our film scanner. Got five minutes? Click play and listen in.

Want to learn this technology? Join us for two free classes:

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Star Wars – Only Imperial Storm Troopers are so precise

star-wars-episode-7-force-awakens-bb-8-droidMore Star Wars fun facts!

The Jawa language is based on a sped-up version of the Zulu language.

The language Greedo speaks is a South American language called Quechua.

The bounty hunter Bossk’s clothing is a recycled spacesuit from Doctor Who.

Yoda’s species has never been named.

Mark Hamill was in a bad car accident before filming started on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, causing severe facial trauma. The scene in which Luke Skywalker is mauled by a Wampa was added to account for the scarring on his face.

Protecting your gear – It’s No Accident!

pelicancase1Recently a Pelican case containing a Canon T4i DSLR camera kit left Studio 300 in near-perfect condition. It came back bruised and battered after having been in car accident-actually ejected from the vehicle! Fortunately our patron is fine, but our beloved camera equipment took quite a ride.

pelicancase2To our collective amazement, the equipment appeared to be completely intact!  After fully testing it, we confirmed that nothing inside the case was damaged in any way!  And other than the superficial road-rash, the Pelican Case took the beating like a champ and was found to be in good working order.  Click the photos to see the damage. (These photos were actually taken using the T4i camera in question.)

It may seem like an expensive addition to the cost of already fairly expensive equipment, but adding a solid case will really protect your investment and perhaps save a disaster!

Star Wars – The Force Is Strong With This One


Here are five more little know facts about the Star Wars Empire!

While shooting the scene in the trash compactor, Mark Hamill held his breath for so long that he burst a blood vessel in the side of his face. They had to adjust framing while shooting the rest of the scene to avoid showing the blemish.

Many of the buildings constructed to be used in shots of Tatooine are still standing in Tunisia. In fact, some of them are still used by locals.

Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles, is Ewan McGregor’s uncle.

Luke Skywalker was originally going to be named Luke Starkiller, and retained the name up until the film began shooting. Luckily, the name was never mentioned, so it was changed to Skywalker with little effort.

The starship that became the Blockade Runner seen at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was the original design for the Millennium Falcon.

Great Thanksgiving Listen

TGL-Horizontal-w-backgroundStoryCorps is hoping to use the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to continue their mission to “archive the wisdom of humanity.” If you are unfamiliar with StoryCorps, read about them here.

They are asking you to make history by interviewing an elder and sharing it. The process is simple. As their website says:

  • “Choose someone to interview.
  • Pick great questions. Find a quiet place to record. Listen closely.
  • When you’re finished, share your interview with the world.”

Their new, free StoryCorps app gives you all the tools you need to complete and share an interview. You just need to supply the smartphone.

This year is a pilot program for high school students, but really anybody can be part of the Great Thanksgiving Listen project (or contribute to StoryCorps anytime). Here is a free educator’s guide about the pilot program.

If you prefer not to use their app, Studio 300 has recording equipment, both for use in-house and that you can checkout to record anywhere. The Studio 300 staff is available to help you make sure your interviews go smoothly.

Here is a video we did as part of a similar Illinois Veteran’s project, helping to preserve memories for future generations.

Star Wars – Did you know….


As we get closer to the the much anticipated release of  Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, here are some more fun facts about the Star Wars Empire:

  1. The actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, Alec Guiness, thought of the Star Wars films as “fairy-tale rubbish”.
  2. Despite this, Alec Guiness negotiated a deal to earn 2% of the gross box office receipts for the movies he appeared in, earning him over $95 million.
  3. Harrison Ford was paid $10,000 for his performance in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
  4. Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin, found his costume boots so uncomfortable that he wore slippers during many of his scenes, and insisted his feet just never be in the shots.
  5. The sound of the TIE Fighter engines is actually the sound of an elephant call mixed with the sounds of a car driving on wet pavement.

More to come.

Star Wars Day Celebration

Be sure to join us at the Fountaindale Public Library for the Star Wars Day Celebration on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00-4:00. Fun for the whole family. Here’s a video promo:


Best Android Media Apps for Studio 300

s300appThere are so many apps out there that it can be difficult to distinguish the good from the bad. Studio 300 staff did the dirty work for you and found some good, okay and awesome Android apps to help with your digital media projects. These apps complement Studio 300.

This first part in our multi-part series is all about the social media apps that can be very helpful to you when you wish to share your digital media projects, such as WordPress, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.

Also, the Fountaindale Public Library has some great apps that are worth mentioning. Our favorite are the main FPLD app, Overdrive, Zinio and CardStar. Find all of these free options at your favorite Android store.

Stay tuned for others parts in the series and discover the best Studio 300 related video, music, and photography apps.

Popcorn Diaries, Episode 025

George-A.-RomeroSpooky ghouls are out for blood in this Halloween edition of Popcorn Diaries. Listen in as Joe and Adriana recount the ever popular George Romero films. From Night of the Living Dead to Survival of the Dead, it’s zombies, zombies, and more zombies! If you love the zombie revolution then this is the episode for you.

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful.

“My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I’m pointing the finger at us, not at the zombies. I try to respect and sympathize with the zombies as much as possible.”

Star Wars – Now it Begins

Star Wars: Episode VII.  December 18.  If you haven’t marked it on your calendar, do it now.  And get your tickets soon!forceawakens-fanart-1 Meanwhile, if you’re a bit rusty with your Star Wars trivia, no problem. Studio 300 has that covered.  Here are five little know facts about the Star Wars Saga:

  1. Star Wars‘ was not the original title of the film.  In early drafts, the script was entitled Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars. Later it was changed to The Star Wars, and then, eventually, just Star Wars.
  2. Attack of the Clones earned $302 million in domestic box office receipts, it was beaten by both Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  3. Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is computer-generated. Not a single clone costume or helmet was created for the film.
  4. Lucas originally wanted Orson Welles for Vader’s voice but ultimately decided that Welles’ voice was too recognizable. Darth Vader was, of course, voiced by James Earl Jones.
  5. Harrison Ford was no one’s first choice for the role of Han Solo.

More to come. And may the Force be with you until the most anticipated movie of all time opens.

Star Wars Day Celebration

Be sure to join us at the Fountaindale Public Library  for the Star Wars Day Celebration on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00-4:00. Fun for the whole family. Here’s a video promo: