My Rogue One Movie Experience is part of my sponsored #RogueOneEvent press trip. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the #RogueOneEvent in San Francisco, California. For a few days, I got a sneak peek into the world of George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise. I had a truly incredible Rogue One movie experience while learning more about the film before it hits theaters on December 16th!
As part of our Rogue One press trip, we had the opportunity to spend time at Skywalker Ranch and at Lucasfilm. It was not only a wonderful way to learn more about the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it was also an opportunity to get a peek into a world full of s many great minds. Those minds create so much magic for us, including Star Wars and beyond.
Skywalker Ranch and the Rogue One Movie Experience
Being able to visit Skywalker Ranch is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sitting in a theater (with the most comfortable seats ever) where George Lucas has sat and screened some epic films was something I won’t forget. Listening to Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards introduce the bit of Rogue One footage we were allowed to see was also amazing.
There’s nothing like listening to the mastermind behind something so big explain what you’re about to see. His passion and excitement for the film just poured out of him. That got me even more excited for what we were about to see that night.
The footage was amazing, I am counting down the days until Justin and I can see the movie together on date night. I’m also pondering if this could be Weston’s introduction to Star Wars on the big screen.
Check out this amazing costume that you’ll seen worn by Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) in Rogue One! There was a wall of different costumes for us to check out after our screening. Amazing!
We had a blast after our screening, hanging with Storm Troopers, enjoying some appetizers and drinks, and then shopping at the Skywalker Ranch General Store. It was a dark night but with it being holiday season, it meant that we go to see George Lucas’ house all lit up for the holidays! I’m a sucker for holiday lights so this just added something extra special to the visit.
It was an amazing way to start of our Rogue One movie experience and if you ever have the chance to experience Skywalker Ranch, you don’t want to miss it!
Rogue One Movie Experience at Lucasfilm
We had the opportunity to spend the day immersed in all things Star Wars at the Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center in San Francisco. It serves as the Lucasfilm Headquarters and is an amazing place to experience! You might recognize the iconic Yoda fountain that marks the main entrance to the complex.
We screened episodes of Star Wars Rebels (on Disney XD) and interviewed Executive Producer Dave Filoni before interviewing a number of cast members from Rogue One. We also had the chance to interview Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and learn some fun things about the making of the movie.
You can read my recaps of those interviews over the next few days. Trust me, you don’t want to miss them. The cast is amazingly funny and friendly. It was an honor to learn more about the film through their experiences.
One of the highlights of the day was our guided tour of Lucasfilm HQ. So many amazing films have come from Lucasfilms and to be able to explore the halls where so many great minds make magic was truly inspirational. I couldn’t help but feel like I was in the middle of greatness while spending time in the buildings.
Check out some of the amazing things we saw on our tour!
Rogue One Movie, Models, and Motion Capture
Before we left Lucasfilm HQ, we had the chance to learn a bit about how the model team took models from the original Star Wars films to recreate some ships and create new ships for Rogue One. The goal was to add more detail to familiar ships made in the 1970s and create new ships that would fit in well with the ones that were recreated.
Every person that worked on Rogue One had the entire Star Wars franchise in mind. They want it all to fit together in a way that leaves us all even more immersed in the world so many of us have come to love.
I grew up doing technical theater and I always love seeing how things work behind the scenes. Spending some time in a motion capture studio to learn about how the technique was used to bring K-2SO to life.
With motion capture, the actor’s movements are captured so that a model can be mapped on the actions. This means that the model (in the case of Rogue One, it’s K-2SO) moves like the actor did while filming.
The visit to Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilm HQ was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to get to experience Rogue One: A Star Wars Story through the eyes of those who were part of bringing this amazing new story to life and adding to the world of Star Wars that I’ve grown up with.
For more of my Rogue One movie experience, be sure to check out all of our #RogueOneEvent posts!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, December 16th! Be sure to get your tickets because you won’t want to miss it!
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