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    Jan 7, 2014, 12:47 PM - Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #1

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    Heads Up: Star Wars Costumed Fan Appearances

    We are extremely fortunate at Lucasfilm to have such devoted fans and we appreciate the excitement and enthusiasm of the worldwide Star Wars fan-organized clubs. In my role as head of fan relations, I am grateful that I get to work with you so frequently.

    Now that we are part of a larger organization, I want to make sure you know that my role has not changed. I will still be your point of contact for all activities relating to Lucasfilm as well as The Walt Disney Company and our licensees or promotional partners.

    As you can imagine, there is huge enthusiasm in the worldwide Disney offices and with our licensees and promotional partners to engage with Star Wars. Fans and fan organizations will continue to receive invitations to our Star Wars-themed events, such as baseball games, Star Wars Weekends, etc. And, as has been done in the past, there will be times when we call on your groups for what we call Featured Character Appearances.

    In short, to help channel the genuine enthusiasm so that that it best benefits Star Wars and your groups, here is what we have communicated inside Disney, Lucasfilm, and to our licensees and promotional partners:

    o All requests for Star Wars costumed characters will be coordinated through me (mary.franklin@lucasfilm.com), regardless of whether the source of each request is a licensee, a promotional partner, The Walt Disney Company or Lucasfilm.

    o When specific costumed Star Wars characters are required by Disney, Lucasfilm, or licensees and promotional partners for Featured Character Appearances, they have been directed to treat any individual involved as project employees.

    If you receive any request from an outside group for a commercial activity that is associated with Lucasfilm or Disney and have not heard from me first, please give me a call or send me an email.

    Finally, please take note that we understand that your members participate in non-commercial, community and charity activities through your organizations, which are independent of us, and do not require contact with me. Except hoped-for reports for Bantha Tracks!
    We appreciate everything that you do in your communities and for the Star Wars brand. Thank you again for all you do!

    Mary Franklin
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    mary.franklin@lucasfilm.com
  2. thundrkiss's Avatar
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    Jan 7, 2014, 2:41 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #2

    They left out the part " All Star Wars costumes will require a set of mouse ears when used in conjunction with Disney events"...
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    Jan 7, 2014, 2:41 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #3

    I'm confident this means good things for fans and costumers. If you enjoy "being" the character and look forward to doing it as a professional (not just a volunteer) in the actual Star Wars universe, this is very good news.
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    Jan 7, 2014, 2:47 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #4

    This is exactly the outline we needed and were itching to know about. I for one will gladly be putting my all into being a "Character" and therefore a project employee for Disney.

    Brilliant stuff!
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    Jan 7, 2014, 3:09 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #5

    This seems to be very positive news indeed.
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    Jan 7, 2014, 3:29 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #6

    Trooper TK409 said: View Post
    I'm confident this means good things for fans and costumers. If you enjoy "being" the character and look forward to doing it as a professional (not just a volunteer) in the actual Star Wars universe, this is very good news.
    VERY good news indeed, 409!!!

    ~SL1020
  7. Art Andrews's Avatar
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    Jan 7, 2014, 3:29 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #7

    Trooper TK409 said: View Post
    I'm confident this means good things for fans and costumers. If you enjoy "being" the character and look forward to doing it as a professional (not just a volunteer) in the actual Star Wars universe, this is very good news.
    Chris, I couldn't agree more. This is fantastic news for sure! Many are saying this is "business as usual" but I believe it is anything but that! I think this is a great step forward for both Lucasfilm and Disney and their fan relations!
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    Jan 7, 2014, 3:38 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #8

    I wanna know if they're gonna sue me if I make a Star Wars fan film and put it up on YouTube . . . . .
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    Jan 7, 2014, 3:52 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #9

    Great news. Thanks Mary!!!
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    Jan 7, 2014, 3:58 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #10

    How do I become a professional...


    I look like Tem
    I am from New Zealand, so I sound like Tem
    I love trooping as Capt Rex



    Only problem is I live in New Zealand, well not a problem
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    Jan 7, 2014, 5:20 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #11

    Sounds like business as usual.
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    Jan 7, 2014, 5:27 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #12

    This is one of the best things I heard all month
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    Jan 7, 2014, 5:29 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #13

    Shame GW don't think like this
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    Jan 7, 2014, 6:49 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #14

    mickc22 said: View Post
    Shame GW don't think like this
    my thoughts exactly....
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    Jan 7, 2014, 8:44 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #15

    Great Rex and cool pic with Tem!

    Tarragon said: View Post
    How do I become a professional...
    http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/...ps021df645.jpg

    I look like Tem
    I am from New Zealand, so I sound like Tem
    I love trooping as Capt Rex

    http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/...psb86e2c0c.jpg

    Only problem is I live in New Zealand, well not a problem
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    Jan 7, 2014, 8:57 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #16

    I was worried this was going to go another way. Glad to hear it.
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    Jan 7, 2014, 11:16 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #17

    I don't trust this
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    Jan 8, 2014, 12:56 AM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #18

    Tarragon said: View Post
    How do I become a professional...
    http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/...ps021df645.jpg

    I look like Tem
    I am from New Zealand, so I sound like Tem
    I love trooping as Capt Rex

    http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/...psb86e2c0c.jpg

    Only problem is I live in New Zealand, well not a problem
    Lovin the photos! My favourite Clone......crap One of my Favourite clones.....the boys will shot me...I'm too small to die!
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    Jan 8, 2014, 1:46 AM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #19

    Lflank said: View Post
    I wanna know if they're gonna sue me if I make a Star Wars fan film and put it up on YouTube . . . . .
    Probably not. But YouTube will certainly mute the video. That's what they did with mine
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    Jan 8, 2014, 10:29 AM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #20

    I agree with tubachris85x I don't trust this either.
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    Jan 8, 2014, 12:37 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #21

    Great news. Why are some people cynical? Isn't this from Disney/Lucasfilm?...
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    Jan 8, 2014, 12:45 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #22

    Ronan87 said: View Post
    Great news. Why are some people cynical? Isn't this from Disney/Lucasfilm?...

    Some people just can't take good news...
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    Jan 8, 2014, 1:06 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #23

    At least the ambiguity is gone for now if you believe this notice. Although Disney is famously fickle when any executive is replaced or something changes internally. I think this signals their intent to, basically, keep things as they are ... for the time being.
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    Jan 8, 2014, 6:11 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #24

    And what about Fan Films on places like YouTube???
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    Jan 8, 2014, 6:27 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #25

    Great news!

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