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“Send for the Million Men”

More Robots on Film and Stage

The Third Annual Robot Film Festival is reaching the final hours of their Kickstarter. Help out if you can! Lots of interesting films have gone been shown there in the past, including my film, Researchin’, from the First Annual Festival.

the king

Also, some interesting stuff is happening down under, namely a musical production of King Kong starring a giant puppet/robot of the King himself. Particularly interesting is their mix of human and automated control. I’m very interested to know more about the actual performance techniques used by Kong. According to my Ontology of Robot Theatre, this probably ranks as either Class IV or Class VI. Check out the site for the video.

Star Wars Uncut: With Real Robots

Star Wars Uncut is a crowd-sourced scene-by-scene recreation of the original Star Wars, done by random people on the internet 15 seconds at a time. You can watch the whole director’s cut online. The whole production even managed to win an Emmy.

When I saw this, two questions came to mind:

  1. Are they doing the other movies as well?
  2. Why weren’t there more real robots in it?

There’s an awful lot of guys in yellow t-shirts, printed masks and a whole lot of tin foil. And I figured, for the next round where they’re recreating The Empire Strikes Back, who better to play R2 and 3PO than Lewis and Harris, my lab’s two robots.

Anyway, here’s my scene, featuring Lewis the B21r as R2D2, Harris the PR2 as C-3PO, myself as Han Solo and my loving tolerating wife Elise as Chewbacca. Click to watch the video.

Be sure to login and click “Like This Scene” on the StarWarsUncut page in order to ensure my version of the scene makes the final cut.

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