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 Update: photos and video have been removed. I'll post again when the spot airs.
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Hey guys, I just got permission to post this. It's been in the works for a couple months and just wrapped it up. It's late and I'm sure I've left out some details, please post questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

I just got back from NYC where we shot a piece with Lucasfilm that will be airing on national TV, promoting The Clone Wars series. They were using me as C-3PO and my friend Kris Sanders' most recent R2D2. R2 was fully operational and is amazing! When we walked onto the set (which looked like the bridge of a starship) the crew all dropped what they were doing on another scene and came over to meet the droids and take photos. It was a great yet surreal experience.

I'd like to thank Don Bies for all his help and advice prior to this shoot and over the years. He is always helpful, his industry experience priceless and a real friend to droid builders.

The first day was shorter while they did lighting tests, trying to decide if R2's dome reflected too much of the stage equipment. In the end he was fine. The second day was 15 hours. It went from 6:30am to 9:30pm and I spent a cumulative total of about 11 hours in the suit. A new, and slightly painful record for me! The crew really treated us like celebrities and Lucasfilm made sure we were well taken care of and that the droids weren't asked to do anything they wouldn't normally do in the Star Wars Universe.

Since I do the voice, I stayed in character for about the first 2 hours, between takes and all, until I took my first helmet break. After that I'd just do it while the camera rolled and occasionally for fun. The crew really had a lot of fun with it. The young broadway actor who played the Jedi was a huge Star Wars fan and said "This is the coolest thing I've ever done!" I had to agree....

Sanders' R2 is the quietest, smoothest-running R2 I've ever seen. He did an amazing job on him. There wasn't a single malfunction - no parts falling off, no tipping over, no failing electronics, or noisy motors. This little R2 unit really is in first class condition.

I could never have dreamed it would come to this. It's not a full Star Wars set, but it's the closest I've ever come. It was a really cool experience, working with some very nice folks.


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Re: TK409 C-3PO in Clone Wars TV *PICS!*


emoticon This is just getting bigger and bigger for you Chris! Awesome stuff as usual! You know we are all green with envy.

Great shots, thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to see it done!

BTW Chris, your belly wires look phenomenal. Would we be able to get some pictures of your current set up? It looks like you have it working very well!

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Hi Chris,
Checked your pics out in your email. Some of the stills look excellent!
You really are living the dream mate, good on you. All the enthusiasm and hard work is paying off for you, I couldn't think of anybody who deserves it more! I think I'm getting jealous of your shiny spotless suit though emoticon
Do you have to keep getting it VM'd by the way? I've noticed on a few past photos there's sometimes a bit of wear on the upper arms. I guess you had to be perfect for this session?
All the best Chris, you never know you may get a part in the TV series!
Cheers mate
Andy
PS well done on the suit wearing marathon, I hope you'd been working out before hand emoticon
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Beautifully done Chris.
Thank you so much for posting this.
We all appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication to the character.
Well done.
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quote:

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Do you have to keep getting it VM'd by the way? I've noticed on a few past photos there's sometimes a bit of wear on the upper arms. I guess you had to be perfect for this session?...



Actually no, it's only been VM'd once. The finish on this suit is really getting beat up. The scrapes are all there, but the studio lights reflections misdirect your eyes away from it!



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emoticon ...BTW Chris, your belly wires look phenomenal. Would we be able to get some pictures of your current set up? It looks like you have it working very well!




Thanks T. Here's a close up. I'll post a photo of my wire shirt by itself next.

Update: photos and video have been removed. I'll get another photo for you
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Ha! They can't remove my memories though!.... or can they? emoticon

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Congrats Chris!
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thats pretty cool. Perhaps one day I'll get to do some really awesome thing for Lucasfilm too. (as Darth Maul.. [sign in to see URL] [sign in to see URL])
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