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Will Disney Make a Yoda Movie?

Ever wondered how Yoda became a Jedi master? Or Han Solo’s origin story? You may find out sooner than you think. That’s right, young Jedi. You may find yourself parked in front of movie screen watching a new “Star Wars” movie in the next few years.

Harrison-Ford-returns-as-Han-Solo-in-new-Star-WarsHan Solo and his trusty sidekick from the original Star Wars.

Walt Disney Studios – which purchased George Lucas’ Lucasfilm (including the entire “Star Wars” universe) for $4 billion last year – confirmed in a recent interview that it will not only produce new “Star Wars” sequels, including Star Wars: Episode VII, but other “Star Wars” films as part of the franchise reboot.

Meanwhile, In a Galaxy Not So Far Away…
In an interview with CNBC’s Katie Couric, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said Disney will distribute “a few” stand-alone films that would not be part of the saga. The news was wholly embraced by “Star Wars” fans who began online predictions about a Yoda or Boba Fett movie.

Disney hasn’t wasted any time getting Star Wars back into theaters. In recent news, the studio named J.J. Abrams to direct the next Star Wars sequel and the studio also killed plans to release 3D versions of the second and third films in the series.

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Eager – and anxious – to see just how J.J. Abrams will put his touch on “Star Wars,” this image, showing Abrams’ signature lens flare, was produced by a fan.

In fact, the first Star Wars spinoff movie is already in development, with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg working on the script. “Star Wars” fans will remember Kasdan from the credits of another “Star Wars” film; he co-wrote Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.

The Boba Fett Movie
“Entertainment Weekly” confirmed that Boba Fett would be the star of one of the stand-alone films. Introduced first in in Star Wars, Boba Fett is the intergalactic bounty hunter who was first introduced in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

The new Boba Fett “Stars Wars” film would apparently take place between Empire and Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The movie will chronicle the time between the two films when Boba Fett was delivering Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. Just who will play the bounty hunter remains unknown…

When Does the Han Solo Movie Come Out?
Industry insiders have reported that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo in the stand-alone Han Solo film. “It’s a done deal,” a close industry source told us. Ford, who was last seen onscreen as Han Solo in the original saga, has signed a contract with Disney to play the character that made him a household name.

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Harrison Ford will return to the role that made him a star. (Disney/Lucasfilm)

Rumors have also circulated that a younger Han Solo will carry most of the movie. It’s unknown how Disney will handle that. Some have speculated that a younger Han may be computer-generated, much in the same way a younger Jeff Bridges was brought to life in Tron: Legacy.

Fan Films Inspire Filmmakers
Fans have been making their own “Star Wars” stories since the very first one hit theaters in 1977. The film also motivated J.J. Abrams and Iron Man director Jon Favreau to become filmmakers. And for anyone who wants to learn how to make a movie, the “Star Wars” franchise continues to be a huge inspiration.

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Film Camp for Kids. Cool stop motion video made between film projects at summer camp!

Kids learn how to make a movie at summer camp!

This is a project the Digital Media Adventures film class (movie making and special effects) made in between movie projects this past summer at DMA summer camp in Michigan. Somehow they managed to shoot these hundreds of photos and stitch them together in Final Cut Pro as a fun project in between the two other short films they made in one week!  This is truly a great film camp experience for kids.

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Learn more about DMA’s Film and Computer Camps for Kids

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Kids Learning Pro Web Design at Age 10! Technology Classes + Computer Camp for Kids

“Wow! That animation looks great! Ok. Now we’re going to take the animated Flash movie you just created and you are going to import it into Dreamweaver on your web page. Let’s all do this together! Ready?”

I am right in the middle of another great Digital Media Adventures course for kids at Stanford: Web Design and Flash. We are taking an in depth look at the Adobe Creative Suite applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Flash. We are on the third day of the five-day course at Stanford University. My class just got back into the classroom from playing a crazy game of Slaughter Ball. It sounds scary, but it’s a lot of fun. Sort of like Dodge Ball. The kids in my class are a little out of breath from playing ball, but that’s to be expected at a summer camp. They came running in and jumped (literally) in their seats excited about their Flash movies they created just before the break.

While the kids are experiencing all the fun of a summer camp, they are also getting an unbelievable learning experience. That’s what makes this the full summer computer camp experience. They are learning the same pro applications we are teaching across the Stanford campus in our adult web design courses. The professional Adobe applications like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash are the real deal! The kids pick up the technology so fast. That makes it really fun to teach. It’s interesting how much better kids interact with technology they have grown up with their whole life.

Earlier in the week, the kids in my class had already designed and created their own logo and company business card design. Their custom business card had their picture from a photograph taken in the class. The graphics and effects they created turned out amazing. They had learned the ins and outs of the Adobe software and were creating a matching website to go with their cards and logo. They were now adding an animated movie they created in Flash to spice up their website design.

In the next three classrooms I can faintly hear the other Adventures classes. The kids in 3d video Game Design course are screaming about some new level they created trying to destroy their enemy. From the Robotics and Programming class I can hear cheers of two robots racing. I see the Film, Digital Movie Making and Effects class go by with all their cameras, mics, lights, and scripts to go act, film, and direct their next scene. I wish I’d been exposed to this when I was this age! This computer camp is the real deal.

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