Watch: “The Birth of the Lightsaber”

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“Star Wars” ¬†fan or not, this is something every movie nerd should see. This short documentary (or featurette, as some prefer to call it) lets you peek behind the scenes of one of the most iconic films of all time and understand the origins of the most bad-ass weaponry in popular culture – the lightsaber. From the ideas and inspirations¬†all the way to the ins and outs of pulling it off with special effects (in the 70’s, mind you), the story of the Jedi weapon is very entertaining and – most of all – informative. Now, I have no idea how much of what George Lucas is trying to tell me is actually true, because he’s known for trying to re-write history, but a lot of logic and thought must have gone into designing everything about the prop that changed the pop-culture. Plus, there’s more than a handful of really cool factoids and pieces of trivia about the movie-making magic to be discovered in that short, and nothing’s more fun at parties than a guy casually sharing his “Star Wars” wisdom. Am I right?

Watch: “The History of Movie Trailer”

watch this logoEver wondered how it all began? In a world where movies took over the world one man had a dream… Well, to advertise the film and get as many people to watch it as humanly possible. If you’re interested in learning a thing or two about the historical background behind the movie trailer, then look no further – The crew of FilmmakerIQ.com has laid it all out for you in this wildly entertaining and very informative short little lecture/documentary.

In under 15 minutes you’ll learn about the genesis of the movie advertising, the first trailer, the Golden Era oh Hollywood and more. Plus, thanks to the tonnes of film and trailer trivia, you’ll be even more fun at parties. Enjoy!

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