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Star Wars Day Videos - YOUTUBE SPACE LA
May the 4th Be with YouTube
By Robert T. Trate
May 01, 2014
May the 4th Be with You!
© Lucasfilm Ltd./ Disney
Star Wars Day is upon (officially May 4th) and YouTube Space LA and Lucasfilm is celebrating with an incredible assortment of shorts and videos. We’ll be keeping this posting up through the weekend and the holiday in celebration of May the 4th! Check out the official press release and clips below as celebrate “May the 4th be with YouTube”!
Press Release: May the 4th be with you on YouTube!
YouTube Space LA and Lucasfilm have partnered to give four YouTube channels an opportunity to shoot and produce an original video inspired by Star Wars on the Mos Eisley cantina replica set in celebration of Star Wars Day (May the 4th). The setting of one of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope’s most famous sequences, the cantina featured the first meeting of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the long-debated showdown of Han and Greedo, and the memorable music of Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. In the hands of some of YouTube’s biggest creators, it has been reimagined in exciting and original ways. The new videos will appear on StarWars.com and the official Star Wars YouTube channel, as well as on their producers’ own channels.
The “May the 4th be with YouTube” initiative marks the first-ever “on-location” production event offered by YouTube Next Lab, the programming arm of YouTube Space LA, and is part of YouTube Space LA’s ongoing mission to inspire the next generation of storytellers through innovative programming and partnerships that will push the creative envelope.
From March 28 – April 4, YouTube creators shot Star Wars-inspired videos that will appear on StarWars.com and the official Star WarsYouTube channel, as well as on their own channels, starting April 30, 2014.
Participating YouTube channels include:
CLASH AT THE CANTINA
Video Description: As part of the on-going Star Wars-inspired action comedy video series between YouTubers Corey Vidal (ApprenticeA) and Craig Benzine (Wheezy Waiter), the guys take the battle to the Cantina with a new lightsaber fight.
Video Description: In the latest episode of Kid Snippets, a look at how children describe Star Wars. Adult actors with children’s voices re-enact a well-known scene set in the Cantina.
STAR WARS BAND CANTINA AUDITIONS
Video Description: In this star-studded* musical sketch, the legendary "Cantina Band" from Star Wars holds auditions in the Cantina for a new member. All the applicants are alien versions of real-life musicians, each trying to score a spot with an awkward, intergalactic version of their music.
*Ben Folds, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Lisa Loeb, Liz Phair, Marc McGrath, MC Chris, Reggie Watts, Rick Springfield and Weird Al.
Video Description: YouTube Nation, the daily talk show, goes to a galaxy far, far away with a Star Wars-themed episode.
Release Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014. Below!
ABOUT THE STAR WARS “MOS EISLEY CANTINA” REPLICA SET
In 2013, Nerdist worked with Lucasfilm to build a replica “Mos Eisley Cantina” set for their Course of the Force fundraising event that was later donated to Lucasfilm for future use.
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