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CelebrationIV

The official logo for Celebration IV

IVPoster

The official poster for Celebration IV

Celebration IV, commonly abbreviated as C4 or CIV, was the fourth Celebration of the Star Wars saga. It was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from May 24 to May 28, 2007. Its primary purpose was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars film which debuted on May 25, 1977. May 24 was exclusively for members of Hyperspace.

Jay Laga'aia was the Celebrity Master of Ceremonies for the Concourse Stage, and Doug Steves was the MC for the Behind-The-Scenes Stage.

The event brought in over 35,000 people—the largest attendance of any Star Wars Celebration so far.[1]

DevelopmentEdit

On February 16, 2006, StarWars.com posted an article[2] hinting at a Celebration IV. Up until that point, such an event had been only fan speculation. This announcement by the Official Site led fans to believe that Lucasfilm Ltd. might be in the planning stages at that point. During a question and answer session at the 2006 Star Wars Disney Weekends, Rick McCallum confirmed[3] that there would be a Celebration IV in 2007 as fans had expected. Concurrent with the previous rumor[4], on May 26, 2006, StarWars.com confirmed officially[5] that there would be a Celebration IV, and that it would be in Los Angeles, California from May 24 to May 28 of 2007. Tickets for the event went on sale at approximately 12:00 PM PST on October 30, 2006, and online pre-registration was available until March 31, 2007.

Official Pix was again in charge of the Star Wars celebrity autographs, likely with more guests than the previous Celebration (which had 41).[6]

On March 24, Los Angeles' California Science Center offered fans tours of their exhibit Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.[1][2]

At the 2006 Comic-Con, Steve Sansweet stated that footage from the 3D Clone Wars cartoon would be shown at Celebration IV.

EventsEdit

ScheduleEdit

Event Thursday
May 24
Friday
May 25
Saturday
May 26
Sunday
May 27
Monday
May 28
Autograph Hall 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Celebration Art Show 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Celebration Store 12 PM - 10 AM Opens 10 AM Open 24 hrs. Open 24 hrs. Closes 2 PM
Charity Auction Preview 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM
Charity Silent Auction 12 PM - 4 PM 10 AM - 4 PM 10 AM - 4 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Darth Vader Helmet Art Exhibit 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 3 PM
Exhibit Hall 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Fan Fair Hall 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Lucasfilm Archive Exhibit 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 3 PM
R2-D2 Builders' Room 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 3 PM
Star Wars Fan Club Lounge 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Star Wars Fan Collecting Panels 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 3 PM
Star Wars Family Room 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 3 PM
Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge 12 PM - 12 AM 10 AM - 12 AM 10 AM - 12 AM 10 AM - 12 AM 10 AM - 4 PM
Star Wars Fan Movie Awards 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Star Wars in Pop Culture 12 PM - 12 AM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Star Wars Laser Tag 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Tatooine Game Parlor 12 PM - 8 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 7 PM 10 AM - 4 PM

Star Wars six-film marathonEdit

SixMovieMarathon

Six-Movie Marathon Commemorative Button

Beginning on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 9:00 AM in Hall K of the Los Angeles Convention Center, there was held an official six-movie Star Wars marathon screened to those who had purchased tickets. The 17-hour long event, including intermissions, rolled directly into the first day of Celebration IV, only open to Hyperspace members. Fans attending the marathon received one of the commemorative buttons created exclusively for the event so that fans could brag that they were there. Tickets were free, available to those attending Celebration IV, but seats were limited and tickets had to be reserved in advance. Concessions were available during the screenings.[7]

Fans can register at the Star Wars Celebration site here.

Steve Sansweet has stated that the versions of the films shown will be the DVD edits, and that he expects the attendance to the marathon to be around 2,000 - 4,200 people.[8]

Art showEdit


Celebration StoreEdit

Occupying a majority of Exhibit Hall A, the Celebration Store introduced a new way to gain access to their merchandise by way of Quick Path shopping time reservations. Those who purchased a badge online could obtain one 2-hour timeslot at the Gencon site. The store was open 24 hours a day starting at 12 PM Thursday, May 24, and continued until 2 PM Monday, May 28.

In addition, there was also repaint of the Luke Skywalker X-wing helmet mini-helmet released by Master Replicas made exclusively for the Celebration IV conference called the "Wedge Antilles Celebration IV Conference exclusive."

Star Wars autograph celebritiesEdit

Thursday, May 24: Noon - 8:00 PM (Hyperspace members).
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 25-27: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
Monday, May 28: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Open to all CIV attendees.[9]
Exhibit Hall HJ


Star Wars collecting panelsEdit

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 25-27: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
Monday, May 28: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Rooms 511 ABC

  • Hilarious Star Wars Items
  • Vintage Bootleg Toys
  • Kenner's Micro Collection
  • Star Wars Collecting Clubs
  • Women's Collecting Panel
  • Animation Collecting
  • Character Collecting
  • Recycled Toys
  • Star Wars Coins
  • Peruvian Star Wars Collectibles
  • Props and Costumes
  • Cast and Crew Items
  • Collecting 101
  • Selling Tips
  • Online Auctions and Collecting

Behind-The-Scenes Stage (515A)Edit

All events were scheduled to last a maximum of one hour, starting at the times listed below, unless otherwise noted:

  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies!
  • Friday, May 25
    • 11:00 AM: The Archaeology of Star Wars with DWR and Lorne Peterson
    • 12:30 PM: The Making of Star Wars with J.W. Rinzler
    • 2:00 PM: The Archaeology of Indiana Jones
    • 3:30 PM: Legacy of the Force with Allston, Denning, and Traviss
    • 5:00 PM: The Art of Ralph McQuarrie
  • Saturday, May 26
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: 30 Years of Star Wars Publishing and Continuity, with Lucasfilm, Del Rey, and Dark Horse
    • 12:30 PM: Basement Independent Film with Hollywood Results - Shane Felux
    • 2:00 PM: Robot Chicken Writers' Panel
    • 3:30 PM: Robot Chicken Toys & Sets - Creating the Epic
    • 5:00 PM: Dark Horse Comics
    • 6:30 PM: Star Wars Filming Locations with Alinger and Lopez
  • Sunday, May 27
    • 10:00 AM: Basement Independent Film with Hollywood Results - Shane Felux
    • 11:30 AM: Advanced Droid Building
    • 1:00 PM: 501st Costuming: Stormtroopers
    • 2:30 PM: Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections
    • 4:00 PM: The Star Wars Vault with Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur
    • 5:30 PM: The Art of the Pop-Up with Matthew Reinhart

Legacy of the ForceEdit

Aaron Allston, Troy Denning, and Karen Traviss discussed with fans their ongoing work on the Legacy of the Force series from Del Rey on Friday, May 25 at 3:30 PM.

Wookieepedia TriviaEdit

Monday, May 28, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM on the Behind-The-Scenes Stage

Constantly perusing the HoloNet? Know more about the dark side than Halagad Ventor? Know who Halagad Ventor is? If so, then consider pitting yourself against the Wookieepedia experts in this game of Star Wars trivia: Stump the Wookiee—because just being here isn't nerdy enough!

Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki, presented a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-based trivia contest complete with prizes on the Behind-The-Scenes Stage. Contestants, initially to be chosen throughout the early days of the convention at the Wookieepedia table in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall, were instead decided upon at the event based on the fastest to answer a qualification question.

Concourse StageEdit

CelebrationIVPoster-SDA

CIV poster by Steven D. Anderson.

All events were scheduled to last one hour, starting at the times listed below:

  • Friday, May 25
    • 10:30 AM: Star Wars Celebrity contestants private pre-meeting
    • 12:00 PM: Creature Make-up
    • 1:30 PM: Carrie Fisher
    • 3:00 PM: Model Shop Legends
    • 4:30 PM: An Hour with Jay Laga'aia
  • Saturday, May 26
    • 11:00 AM: VFX Rock Stars
    • 12:30 PM: Irvin Kershner
    • 2:00 PM: Fanboys
    • 3:30 PM: Thirty Years of Star Wars
    • 5:00 PM: Star Wars Celebrity
    • 9:00 PM: A Conversation with Carrie Fisher
  • Sunday, May 27
    • 10:30 AM: Jay Laga'aia—Live in the Family Room
    • 12:00 PM: A Trip To the Maul
    • 1:30 PM: An Hour With Anthony Daniels
    • 3:00 PM: Star Wars Legacy Preview
    • 4:30 PM: The Force of the Fetts
    • 6:00 PM: The Wookiees Always Win
  • Monday, May 28
    • 10:30 AM: Creature Make-up
    • 12:00 PM: Endor Village People!

A Conversation with Carrie FisherEdit

Saturday, May 26, from 9:00 - 10:00 PM on the Concourse Stage

Tickets to this event were available exclusively to registered pass holders for Celebration IV with online registration ending Monday, April 30. Admission to Fisher's appearance was $15 and seating was limited.

Fan Fair Exhibit Hall (Hall G)Edit

Hours for the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall:
Thursday, May 24 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, May 25 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 26 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 27 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Monday, May 28 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fan StageEdit

All events were scheduled to last a maximum of one hour, starting at the times listed below, unless otherwise noted:

  • Friday, May 25
    • 10:30 AM: 501st Costuming Panels: Denizens & Aliens
    • 12:00 PM: 501st Costuming Panels: Sith Lords
    • 1:30 PM: What's New at Hasbro
    • 3:00 PM: WOTC Miniatures
    • 4:30 PM: WOTC Roleplaying
    • 6:00 PM: Star Wars Road Trip!
  • Saturday, May 26
    • 10:00 AM: Kotobukiya
    • 11:30 AM: Droid Building 101
    • 1:00 PM: Droid Building on a Budget
    • 2:30 PM: Sideshow Collectibles
    • 4:00 PM: 501st Costuming Panels: Bounty Hunters
    • 5:30 PM: 501st Costuming Panels: Imperial Officers
    • 7:00 PM: 501st Costuming Panels: Pilots
  • Sunday, May 27
    • 9:30 AM: Meet the Rebel Legion
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM: Artists' Portfolio Review with Troy Alders, Art Director at Lucas Licensing
    • 2:00 PM: 501st Costuming Panels: Expanded Universe
    • 3:30 PM: Starwoids: Special Edition
    • 5:00 PM: Costuming With the Good Guys: Rebel Legion Costumes
    • 6:30 PM: 501st Costuming Panels: Clone Troopers
    • 8:00 PM: Meet the Jedi Assembly
  • Monday, May 28
    • 10:00 AM: 501st: Youth Costuming
    • 11:30 AM: Meet the 501st
    • 1:00 PM: Hardware Store Star Wars Prop Building
    • 2:30 PM: The Force Among Us - Chris Macht

Fan tablesEdit

Booth Organization
FC4 Kessel Run
FC5 Mandalorians, Mississippi Division
FC7 Pacific Region Fan Force
FC8 Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society
FC9 Rebel Legion
FC10-11 Star Wars LEGO Community
FC12 Sacramento Valley Rogue Force
FC13 Slave 1 Fan Club
FC14 The Dented Helmet
FC15 The Jedi Assembly
FC16 The Ultimate Group Project
FC17 Wookieepedia

Star Wars Fan Film AwardsEdit

Sunday, May 27, 2007

R2-D2 BuildersEdit

  • Droid Displays & Demonstrations
  • Droid Races, Trivia Challenge, and XXtreme Droid Competition
  • Droid Building Panels

The One Man Star Wars TrilogyEdit

Fans of the Star Wars movies and fans of live theater enjoyed an exceptional show each time the energetic Charles Ross performed The One Man Star Wars Trilogy. The Canadian actor delighted audiences daily at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, with a special 6:00 PM showing on Thursday, May 24 for Fan Club members.

Lawrence Noble sculptingEdit

Lawrence Noble, the artist who sculpted the statue of Yoda on display at Lucasfilm's Letterman Digital Arts Center, created a lifesize bust of Obi-Wan Kenobi during all five days of Celebration IV.

Master Replicas Force FX Combat TrialsEdit

Three competitions were held at Celebration IV to determine who can achieve the rank of Jedi Knight or Sith Lord. [10]

Star Wars CelebrityEdit

Jay Laga'aia hosted the first annual Star Wars Celebrity Contest from the Concourse Stage, which showcased fans gifted with talents involving Star Wars ranging from songwriters to character impressionists to comedians. Audition videos were uploaded to YouTube under the tag "starwarscelebrity", and were limited to 90 seconds of footage, and the contestants were chosen from these videos. The winner received a life-sized clone trooper statue with second place taking home a Han Solo in carbonite statue and third bringing in a Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker bust with removable helmet. All contestants, however, received a consolation prize.

Costume PageantEdit

Held on Friday, May 25 and Sunday, May 27 from 4 to 6 PM on the Petree Stage, 75 participants each for two pageants competed for the title of finest costumers in the galaxy. [11]

Fanboys PreviewEdit

Fans were able to preview scenes from the new Weinstein Company film Fanboys on the afternoon of Friday, May 25 in the Celebration Theater. On Saturday, May 26, a special panel discussion with the movie's creators and some of the actors was held on the Concourse Stage. A comic book detailing events of the movie was also offered to fans at CIV.

Other guestsEdit


Other attending celebritiesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. SWicon It's a Hit: A Record-Breaking Celebration IV on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. SWicon "Cinefex Trilogy Set to Hyperspace Members" on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  3. http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/Rick_McCallum_Disney_Weekends_98614.asp
  4. http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/Celebration_4_Rumors_98155.asp
  5. SWicon "Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles To Mark 30th Anniversary of Saga" on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  6. SWicon "Celebration IV: Look for More Autograph Stars Than Ever!" on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  7. SWicon "Six-Movie Star Wars Marathon at Celebration IV" on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  8. http://www.ifmagazine.com/feature.asp?article=2020
  9. SWicon "Ewoks Rock Celebration IV!" on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  10. http://masterreplicas.com/combat_trials
  11. http://www.gencon.com/2007/swciv/events/costumepageant.aspx
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 http://www.darkhorse.com/boards/viewtopic.php?p=154569#154569
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://www.darkhorse.com/zones/starwars/editor.php
  14. http://www.aaronallston.com/apprsked.html
  15. http://www.karentraviss.com/
  16. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEeyk0JSnfE
  17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ais/755017115
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 http://boards1.wizards.com/showthread.php?t=844337
  19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonniegrrl/521043132
  20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonniegrrl/521779516/
  21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonniegrrl/520984619/
  22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/beychua/514373599
  23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/joits/516193057/

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


Star Wars Celebration
1980s
10th anniversary (1987)
1990s–2000s
Celebration I (1999) · Celebration II (2002) · Celebration III (2005)
Celebration IV (2007) · Celebration Europe (2007) · Celebration Japan (2008)
2010s
Celebration V (2010) · Celebration VI (2012) · Celebration Europe II (2013) · Celebration Anaheim (2015)
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