Greeting's Gentle Beings.
Many of you have expressed concerns over the Rebels not getting enough recognition in Star Wars related Events, part of this is due to the lack of presence, the Promoters wanting only Storm Troopers or just a lack of Rebel costumes available.
In the last two months a large number of us have been part of a G4 TV and Lucas Arts promotion for the New up coming video game " Star Wars Battlefront"
We where asked participate in the filming of interviews of the game designers and just the other evening where part of the Presentation for the gaming magazines and web sites to see and play the game.
We where asked to be on hand as a live repersentation of some of the action people will be experiencing in the game.
The need was for a large number of Rebel Endor Commandos and a few Fleet Troopers that where willing to shoot it out with the Imps on the forest moon of Endor.
The other evening was a live interaction with the guests, staying in character to give the feel of being on Endor, rounding out the experience of military camo'd tents and sounds of Endor and the battle off in the forest.
An incredibly cool experience.
So why am I going on about this?
Well first of all to let you know that the Rebel Alliance is getting noticed.
It's also to make a point, that if you want to be recignized and used for special events you need to have a number of QUALITY CANON costumes in your closet so when the opportunity arises you'll be able to particepate.
I have been privilaged enough to attend a number of special events because I have or can put together in a short time a fair amount of diffirent Rebel and Imperial costumes.
The Commando I did, I put together in a week and upgraded for the other evening, making it close to movie accurate with very little sewing skills and a bit of scratch building.
I have done the Special Episode II Pre Screening in San Fransisco with Mr Lucas, a few Episodes of Tech TV's Screen Savers, 3 Events with G4 and 4 with Lucas Arts as well as a number of other Official " TOP SECRET " Events.
Not all as Rebels but at least half of them where.
Why? Because I have a number of diffirent costumes to choose from.
I tend to tease others I see at events when I see them in the same costume at every event, I refer to them as a one trick pony.
It may piss them off but I am trying to get them motivated to do more costumes.
I know there is the money issue or where to get parts, how to make things, etc...
With the Rebels most of it is just sewing or modifying found items and there are people that supply the hard pieces if you can't make them your self.
For the most part I get inexpensive materials and I always buy twice what I need incase I need to throw something together in a hurry.
Please take this as an encuragement, to broaden out in your arsenal of costumes.
Cater to what will be in demand and you cater to our cause.
Remember after you do your one trick a few times, no one notices or cares.