Star Wars Celebration // MAY 28, 2022
The team behind the virtual reality experience talks history, Yoda and more.
ILMxLAB takes you behind the scenes of Batuu! at war of stars Celebration Anaheim 2022moderator Holly Frey led a panel with luminaries from ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm discussing the making of Star Wars: Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy. Actor Matthew Wood, Executive Producer Mark S. Miller, Producer Alyssa Finley, Writer Ross Beeley and Director of Quality Assurance Marissa Martinez-Hoadley lifted the curtain on development and production to an enthusiastic audience.
Tales from the edge of the galaxy takes you to the Black Spire Outpost, Seezelslaks Cantina and the Batuu Wilderness in an unparalleled virtual reality experience. Here are five highlights from the Celebration panel.
1. “Tales from the edge of the galaxy is a classic war of stars Adventure,” said Alyssa Finley. You enter the galaxy as a droid repair technician on Batuu – and that’s just the beginning of the story. The experience began with a single question asked by director Jose Perez III, Mark S. Miller said. “What if we could build an experience where you could start in one central place and tell stories everywhere? war of stars galaxy and across the entire timeline?”
2. Matthew Wood took a long and winding road to get into the role of Mubo. Wood, a veteran voice actor and Lucasfilm sound engineer, has teamed up with Ben Burtt to create effects for the little Utai people of Utapau in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. He returned to the Utai for more sound effects for Galaxy’s Edge, and then as the Utai character from the Park: Mubo from Mubo’s Droid Depot. Mubo would continue to play a significant role Tales from the edge of the galaxy“ILMxLAB is one of the most exciting divisions in our company right now,” Wood said during the panel.
3. Marissa Martinez-Hoadley and the incredible QA team at ILMxLAB do a lot more than just try to break things. The team consists entirely of war of stars Super fans, Martinez-Hoadley said, and they realized something important was left out of the experience. “I realized we missed the ‘I’ve got a really bad feeling’ moment and made me wonder if that should be something that should be in the game,” she said. Writer Ross Beeley was thrilled to write and add the line.
4. Bobby Moynihan was jealous of Maya Rudolph and wanted to join. at war of stars Celebration Chicago 2019, Miller revealed, Moynihan got a first-hand look Father immortal and was blown away. “I can’t believe Maya had to do that! I want to be there! I’ll play trash can if I have to,” Miller recalled his words. The bartender Seezelslak was created for him. “He can be your sidekick very easily,” Miller said of the lovable cantina owner.
5. Frank Oz spoke in Yoda’s voice in a development meeting and the team’s delight was evident. Continue working Tales from the edge of the galaxy continued during the pandemic. Like many of us during lockdown, meetings have been held remotely – even when working with Jedi Masters – but the team was thrilled to video call Frank Oz. “It was like going to school with Yoda,” Miller said. “I remember looking around the screen and all the boxes… [Frank Oz] talked about Yoda and how the word that describes him is “fight”. He is old and has been through a lot. That has to be in the performance. Then he jumped into the voice and everyone on that Zoom call… I saw their faces just light up.
Haven’t had a chance to explore more of Batuu yet? If you’re in Orlando, Florida, you can experience a free preview for a limited time at Disney Springs! Learn more about the Quest 2 virtual reality experience With Star Wars: Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy now until July 21, 2022.
Kelly Knox writes features and DIYs for StarWars.com. Her book Be More Obi-Wan says “hello there” in July 2022. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to talk about Star Wars, pop culture and bad dad jokes.
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