How do visual effects artists spend their New Year’s Eve? Lightsaber dueling, of course! After the international success of yesterday’s lightsaber post, I spent a little time digging through the Mojoplex archives and unearthed these gems from a 2006 New Year’s Eve party – where we offer proof that you’re never too old to not grow up (on the other hand, if you’re easily embarassed, the alternate lesson learned here is that booze and lightsabers don’t mix if you’ve got a digital camera laying around and a friend with a blog). Click through for more pics and the identities of the revelers!
It was a balmy, Los Angeles evening on December 31st, 2006. A bunch of us had made the pilgrimage to Q’s house so we could ring in the new year in style (yes, his name really is Q and he’s leading the pack with the red saber). Q (a top-notch visual effects artist who’s part of the old-school Amiga & Foundation Imaging days) provided the BBQ, big screen and video games; PJ (seen above watching our backs with hot, green death) provided copious liquid libation and also hails from the earliest days of CG (he helped put the Oy! in Voyager) and I, naturally, brought the lighsabers.
Not that I actually expected them to see any use, but I figured what the hell, we’re nerds, it’s a party – what could be more a more natural party favor than lightsabers?
To be honest, I don’t fully recall what led to us being outside and having a full-on nerd-out, but I do remember it was late and everyone was giddy with their post-midnight high. We probably needed to stretch our legs after sitting in front of the TV for hours, or maybe we wanted to soak up a bit of the pleasant night air… but somehow we all ended up drunk and excited and outdoors – with lightsabers in our hands. And this happened (click to enbiggen):
At this point I have a vague memory of Q running down the street chasing an SUV, his lightsaber waving wildly in the air. All I have to say is these pictures alone justify the cost of having multiple Master Replicas Lightsabers at your disposal. And the cool thing is the photos are totally unretouched – those things actually photograph like that and look pretty damn real (well, as real as something not real can look).
Do you have any incriminating lightsaber photos you’d like to share? Send them to me, I’ll publish the best of ’em and we’ll let all of you vote for a winner. Of course, no contest would be complete without a prize, so I’ll sweeten the deal and offer a brand new Hasbro Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber replica – still in the box – to whomever provides my favorite pic (yes, I do have way too many lightsabers). And while I may have talked smack about Hasbro yesterday, make no mistake – they are still pretty damn awesome and are nearly identical to the Master Replica versions.
Send your pictures to: DarthMojo4U@aol.com
The only rule is your photo has to feature a MR, Hasbro, Luxeon or any fully lit, realistic lightsaber in action. I’ll give you guys a post-Halloween deadline of November 10. You can send as many photos as you like.
And May The Force Be With You!