Apr 2014

Mission Spotlight: Middle East Film & Comic Con, Dubai
by Fleetfang on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:40 pm

This year's Middle East Film & Comic Con was held in Dubai World Trade Centre on April 3rd to 5th. The organisers approached the Legion's UAE Outpost directly to make an appearance, as they had never been able to arrange an official 501st troop in the event's three-year history.

On Saturday the 5th, UAE Outpost XO Ian Trebinski (TD-19976) attended the event and trooped for the duration of the day, supported by his wife, Susi. The day was extremely successful including meetings with comedian/screenwriter (and 501st Honorary Member!) Seth Green, Spider-Man artist Humberto Ramos and "V for Vendetta" artist, David Lloyd.

There were plenty of photo opportunities with members of the public and other convention contributors (including some real-life vikings!), but the highlights were participation in a 3D art installation by renowned artists Joe & Max (the results of which will be published on their website, www.3djoeandmax.com) and also having photos taken with a member of the Dubai Royal family and his sons; unfortunately, no independent photos were allowed and we didn't need to see their identification!

The Vikings said, "No blasters! No blasters!"

All the photos have been uploaded to the UAE Outpost's shiny, new, official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UAEOutpost. As the Outpost's first official troop, it was a resounding success, and the 501st Legion very much looks forward to re-appearing - in greater numbers - at next years event!


The Empire's Finest: Unveiled!
by Fleetfang on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:59 pm

Legion members are all volunteers in the service of Vader's Fist, but we also work everyday jobs as professionals in industries like marketing, photography, and advertising... like Florida Garrison PR Officer Rob Semos. When he isn't patroling Mos Eisley as Sandtrooper TD-5085, he works as a Senior Art Director and Video Editor at St. John & Partners, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, but he doesn't let that stop him from lending his talents to the promotion of the 501st!

The Legion's last 'ad campaign' (entitled "I HAVE..." and developed by Rob, Legion PR Officers Dean Plantamura (TK-899) & Brian Troyan (TB-8968), and SJ&P's Kristen Bankert in 2011) had over 100 different versions and formats and was translated into 5 languages.

"Empire's Finest," our new campaign, was conceived as an evolution of that campaign, with a tighter focus on having the copy relate to Star Wars canon events and showing off more of the great detail that is captured by the screen accurate costumes worn by 501st Legion members. The images of Darth Vader here are merely the beginning of what will be rolled out over the coming year.

Development on Empire's Finest started back in January of 2014. Finalizing the look and feel of the images and developing copy for the first set of ads took several weeks. And the photo shoot for the first 4 ads to be released spanned over two solid overnight studio sessions. Experimenting to get the perfect lighting set-up took several hours the first night.

The Legion would like to thank Kristen Bankert for her help during the shoot and all of her creative development input. Special thanks also go out to Troy Reichenbach Photography and SJ&P for supporting the 501st and its mission to promote costuming, celebrate Star Wars, and give back to the community!

Vader: SL-9707
Stormtrooper: TK-4965
Commander Cody: CC-9356
Boushh: BH-9357
Design: TD-5085, with TK-899 & TB-8968



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