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IrishJedi
01-28-2012, 10:43 AM
The Star Wars Filming Locations of the U.S. - Our Book by Adam R. Parr — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894661479/the-star-wars-filming-locations-of-the-us-our-book)

You may or may not have noticed this covered on the Rebelscum main page. But just in case...

I co-wrote a travel guide to the Star Wars locations based in the continental United States with 2 of my good friends. This was years ago. Our research actually began in 1999 and went through 2001 and we started actually locating sites in 2002 (which is why I look so young and skinny in many of the pics :lol).


Anyway, the initial idea was just to document everything, because when we started researching there was nothing except for a modest article in an issue of Star Wars Insider. So the thought was to develop an all-encompassing and functional travel guide that fans could use to actually locate and see some of these iconic locations for themselves. But we included a lot of historical and anecdotal information. Basically it's a Star Wars reference book that can actually be used.


Initially, Lucasfilm expressed a little interest in the idea, but they were still in the middle of the prequels so their attention was focused elsewhere. So with very little help from them we did all of the legwork and all of the expenses came out of our own pockets.


To make an already long-winded story relatively short, we were strong along for YEARS. Eventually (in 2009, I think) Lucasfilm officially passed on the book and said it wasn't something they were interested in but that we could move on with an unofficial/unauthorized book. Because of that, 2 of the interested publishers (SW licensees that can't be named) backed out and we were completely on our own. I basically washed my hands of it and moved on. But my good friend Adam Parr did the opposite... he made it an almost obsessive mission to make the book happen, come Hell or highwater. Afterall, we'd already written and edited it years ago.


Adam came into contact with a self-publishing group, graphic artist and printing agency based in Memphis, TN. And after a couple of months of back-and-forth the book is actually nearly a reality! All that stands in the way now is the $$ necessary to make the first printing (and marketing) possible. But since we've already sunk more than $5,000 each into this thing Adam came up with the idea of trying Kickstarter as a means of raising the $9,000 necessary for the book to printed and presented the way it was meant to be.


If you have a moment, please take a look at our Kickstarter page and pass along the word to anyone you think might be interested. Every little bit counts and I definitely wanted my fellow Scummers to be privvy to this should you choose to want to take part. :)


Here is the link to the Kickstarter page (which also has a video, the book cover, images of sample pages, and lots of details on the book itself):


The Star Wars Filming Locations of the U.S. - Our Book by Adam R. Parr — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894661479/the-star-wars-filming-locations-of-the-us-our-book)


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The Kickstarter page has been active for just a couple of days. We have nearly 4 weeks left to reach our funding goal as I type this. We can do this!






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The Star Wars Filming Locations of the U.S. - Our Book by Adam R. Parr — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894661479/the-star-wars-filming-locations-of-the-us-our-book)


Thanks so much!


Carl

E_CHU_TA
01-28-2012, 12:12 PM
good luck with it it looks great.

IrishJedi
01-28-2012, 12:54 PM
Thanks! :)

GNT
01-29-2012, 02:38 AM
Looks like it could be very helpful, shame they didn't want to support it.

IrishJedi
01-29-2012, 01:35 PM
Thanks, yeah. At this point I'd just like to see it happen regardless.

IrishJedi
02-13-2012, 03:21 PM
10 days left to make a pledge and get a signed copy of the book:

The Star Wars Filming Locations of the U.S. - Our Book by Adam R. Parr — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894661479/the-star-wars-filming-locations-of-the-us-our-book)

IrishJedi
02-20-2012, 10:01 AM
Good news! We have reached our funding goal on Kickstarter!!!! The book WILL happen!!! :)

It's not too late to secure yourself a signed 1st printing copy. About 3 days left before the Kickstarter closes:


The Star Wars Filming Locations of the U.S. - Our Book by Adam R. Parr — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894661479/the-star-wars-filming-locations-of-the-us-our-book)

IrishJedi
02-22-2012, 11:44 AM
Just 34 hours left!:

The Star Wars Filming Locations of the U.S. - Our Book by Adam R. Parr — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894661479/the-star-wars-filming-locations-of-the-us-our-book)

Nerfherder
02-23-2012, 11:31 AM
Wow, wish I had seen this thread earlier! I love this stuff. I am wondering if you ever coordinated with Gus Lopez on this effort, as they were doing the same thing starting a few years back. They had panels at Celebrations IV and V, and actually managed to find the Endor bunker site. At IV I got a piece of the Sarlacc Pit. :)

IrishJedi
02-23-2012, 06:37 PM
We know Gus. Great guy and fellow fan/collector. We did this particular book on our own, though. Can't wait for you guys to see it! And very cool on the Sarlacc. I got a piece myself when we found the site. :)

Just 3 hours left on the Kickstarter!!

The Star Wars Filming Locations of the U.S. - Our Book by Adam R. Parr — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894661479/the-star-wars-filming-locations-of-the-us-our-book)