Empire Con Schedule

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Panel Descriptions

Friday

Saturday Panels Sunday Panels

SHOW FLOOR OPENS: 10:00AM

Fan Film Screenings 10am - 6pm

Younglings Session: 3pm - 4:30pm

Swag Trade: 5pm - 7pm

Museum, Gaming, & LEGO: 10am - 8pm

FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY - BEING GEORGE LUCAS: 8PM - 11PM


PROGRAMMING A

12:00 PM

In the Trenches with Craig Miller

The publicist for STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK remembers the mad rush to maximize the impact of the genre-defining blockbusters in this lively Q&A session.

1:00 PM

Darth Maul Makeup Demo

 
   

3:00 PM

Mike Quinn - Secrets of Puppetry

Q&A session with the puppetry and voice-over artist, who's worked on classics such as THE DARK CRYSTAL, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and RETURN OF THE JEDI.

4:00 PM

Behind the Sandcrawler: Frazer Diamond

Drawing from his time on set with Star Wars, Jim Henson Productions, and Monty Python Frazer Diamond will be hosting a panel and sharing stories from his adventures in the industry and on the set of the original trilogy.

5:00 PM

Remembering Kenny Baker

Reflections on the life and escapades of the spirited actor and musician, from his friends and colleagues.


PROGRAMMING B

1:30 PM

STAR WARS: Universe of Bloopers

Flubs, foibles and follies from the STAR WARS saga

2:00 PM

MACKLUNKEY: Star Wars Easter Eggs

It's the one rallying point for most STAR WARS fans: the one second of A NEW HOPE that has been revisited, re-edited and reviled since the 1997 SPECIAL EDITION release.

3:00 PM

Sorry, You're Now A Funko POP! Collector

 

4:00 PM

Creating The Look: SFX Makeup On A Budget

Join Joel David Reed and Addie Venture as they take you through the magic of practical effects. From beauty to beastly, topics covered will include prosthetics, creature effects, and how to nail that Twi’lek contour and eyeliner (all on a budget!)

   

6:00 PM

Real Or Fake Know your Autos

The landscape of STAR WARS collectibles is littered with thousands of sham autographs from every corner of the world. This lively Q&A session will help you suss out the genuine from the poodoo.

 

Photo Ops Schedule:

2:00 pm - COLIN SKEAPING
2:10 pm - FRAZER DIAMOND
2:20 pm - HARLEY COKELISS
2:30 pm - LARRY HOLT
2:40 pm - MIKE QUINN
2:50 pm - JOE GIBSON
 

Saturday

Friday Panels Sunday Panels

SHOW FLOOR OPENS: 9:00AM

Fan Film Screenings 10am - 6pm

Younglings Sessions: 11am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 3:30pm

Swag Trade: 6pm - 8pm

Museum, Gaming, & LEGO: 10am - 8pm

SATURDAY PARTY - SCARIF TIKI PARTY: 8PM - 11PM

PROGRAMMING A


 

 

10:00 AM

"Talk to the Hand" with Quinn & Barclay

An opportunity to learn from two of the industry's puppeteering greats. Each has over four decades of television and film experience working with productions around the world, and will be hosting a master class on the basics and some advanced techniques - and will have the audience try their "hand" at puppeteering and show them it works on camera.

11:00 AM

Voices Of The Force - VO Actors

Megapanel featuring the actors who have voiced over a hundred voices that you know and love, spanning dozens of shows and games through the years.

12:00 PM

Billy Dee Williams

A conversation with a true Hollywood legend, from his groundbreaking roles in Seventies cinema to our favorite entreprenurial scoundrel.

1:00 PM

Tales From The Cantina

The Mos Eisley Cantina is one of the most iconic scenes in pop culture. Join us as we discuss what happened to bring the scene together with several of the actors who made it possible.

2:00 PM

The Science of STAR WARS

 

3:00 PM

THE MANDALORIAN

Behind the scenes of the first STAR WARS television series, from the perspective of the actors creating a new facet of the galaxy far, far away.

4:00 PM

Remembering Peter Mayhew

Paying tribute to our gentle giant. Peter Mayhew's legacy is one of kindness, humor and grace. His family and colleagues pay homage to our favorite Wookiee.

6:00 PM

Costume Contest

Showcasing costuming and cosplay talent from around the world, the Empire Con Costume Contest is a can't-miss event.


PROGRAMMING B

 
9:00 AM Collecting Star Wars: Posters with Tony Van Dam Tips and tricks from the collecting masters
10:00 AM Collecting Star Wars: Autographs with Andy & Steve, host: Tom Tips and tricks from the collecting masters
11:00 AM Collection Star Wars: Toys with Guss Lopez Tips and tricks from the collecting masters
12:00 PM

The Force Is Female: Women of STAR WARS

Join the women of the force in a panel featuring the talents of Vanessa Marshall, Gibralta Merrill, Andrea Wickman-Miller, Angela Staines, & Kim Falkinberg. With stories from both on and off set, this panel will explore the changing role of women in the Star Wars universe through the years.
1:00 PM Empire Con Auction (2 hrs) With one-of-a-kind selections of memorabilia, clothing, toys and more, the first Empire Con Auction is a can't-miss opportunity to take home a unique piece of history. Proceeds benefit the Peter Mayhew Foundation.
3:00 PM

Saving STAR WARS In The Editing Bay: Paul Hirsch

The editing of STAR WARS has been credited with saving the film from obscurity. Paul Hirsch talks about the process of editing the classic we know today.
7:00 PM ULTIMATE TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Two groups of contestants will be whittled down by successive elimination questions, until the last three left standing will compete for the final spot. The questions will cover all ten films, with the degree of difficulty increasing as the rounds progress. Great prizes for each of the finalists, and bragging rights for all involved!
 



PROGRAMMING C

10:00 AM

Trooping Roundtable (501st, Mandos, & Rebel Legion)

Join Albin Johnson as he leads a roundtable panel with the 501st, Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs answering questions about recruitment, costume-making, charity work and doing good in the name of some of the most notorious and beloved characters in the Star Wars universe.

11:00 AM

Meet the Saber Legion

Meet the local Los Angeles Saber Legion for more demos and a chance to learn more about custom saber dueling!

12:00 PM

Saber for Film Workshop

Learn how to recreate a saber duel from the original trilogy in this workshop blending cinematography with saber dueling! Saber filming techniques will be covered form through the ages with a tutorial on how to create your own saber effects at home!

1:30 PM

Beskar Basics: Building your first Mandalorian Armor

Join the Mandalorian Mercs in an armor tutorial that’s sure to draw many eyes for your next armor project.

3:00 PM

Making Your Own Droid - Astromechs and More

Join the R2 builders in an intro to all things astromech!

6:00 PM

Bodypainting (120 min)

What better way to get ready for the Saturday night dance than to join us in our bodypainting workshop! Bring your brushes and a friend, or see if you can nab a spot in our chair to have a professional MUs get you ready to party!



Photo Ops Schedule:

11:20 am - MIKE QUINN
11:30 am - HARRISON ELLENSHAW
11:35 am - JOE GIBSON
11:40 am - DAVE BARCLAY & YODA PUPPET
11:50 am - DAVE BARCLAY STANDARD
12:05 pm - JIM CUMMINGS
12:40 pm - COLIN SKEAPING
12:50 pm - CHARLIE BAYLEY
1:00 pm  -  BILLY DEE WILLIAMS
1:25 pm  -  TAIT FLETCHER
1:35 pm  -  SALA BAKER
1:55 pm  -  DANIEL ROEBUCK
2:05 pm  -  CANTINA GROUP - Merrill, Staines, Falkingburg, McCarthy
2:15 pm  -  ANGELA STAINES
2:20 pm  -  JIBRALTA MERRILL
2:25 pm  -  KIM FALKINBURG
2:30 pm  -  PENNY MCCARTHY
2:40 pm  -  ANDY LuK & STEVE GRAD
2:50 pm  -  VANESSA MARSHALL
3:00 pm  -  MARK AUSTIN
3:10 pm  -  JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR
3:20 pm  -  LARRY HOLT
3:30 pm  -  FRAZER DIAMOND
3:35 pm  -  ALAN FERNANDES
3:40 pm  -  HARLEY COKELISS
3:50 pm  -  JENNIFER HALE

Sunday

Friday Panels Saturday Panels

SHOW FLOOR OPENS: 9:00AM

Fan Film Screenings 10am - 3pm

Younglings Sessions: 1pm - 3:30pm

Museum, Gaming, & LEGO: 10am - 6pm

SUNDAY WRAP PARTY: 7PM - 10PM

PROGRAMMING A

11:00 AM

Utinni! Trading Stories with Jawas

The Munchkins get all of the press, but the actors behind the Jawas have their own stories and lore from the STAR WARS shoot. This lively Q&A session lets you meet the actors inside the mysterious scavengers.

12:00 PM

Now It Can Be Told: Original Trilogy BTS

The myth and lore of the first STAR WARS films will be revealed, with the people who were on-set and behind-the-scenes.

1:00 PM

After The RISE: What's Next For The Big Screen?

Once the Skywalker Saga wraps up, what does the future hold for STAR WARS on the big screen? We'll discuss the announced plans and poke holes in the various rumored productions with a panel of film industry professionals.

2:00 PM

A Galaxy of Accessibility

A panel discussion featuring the amazing work done by "Differently Abled" STAR WARS costumers & cosplayers around the world.

3:00 PM

Film Festival Awards

The first annual Empire Con Film festival hands out the accolades to the best in STAR WARS and science fiction fan films, according to judges and audience voting.

4:00 PM

Remembering Gary Kurtz

The driving force behind the STAR WARS production will be honored with this memorial, featuring stories and anecdotes from his colleagues and friends.

5:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies

The Empire Con team thanks attendees and staff, and shares a sneak peek into future events - and kicks off the "Wrap Party" in high fashion.


PROGRAMMING B



11:00 AM

Dueling Fates: DIY Saber Duels

Learn saber combat choreography in this panel that teaches saber form and an easy way to duel it out with your friends!

12:00 PM

Making a Star Wars Original Character

Whether it's in the fields of cosplay, gaming, or fan fiction, this discussion centers on building a character and what considerations to make within the confines of "a Galaxy Far, Far Away" - such as species, era, and capabilities.

1:00 PM

Fan Theory Thunderdome

Tired of your outlandish yet brilliant fan theories being met with stony silence on social media? Bring your best fan theory and battle it out in the Thunderdome. Guests will be faced off lightning round style and will get a limited amount of time to convince the room that their fan theory stands, or get thrown to the Sarlacc.

2:00 PM

Collecting Star Wars: Trading Cards (Steve)

Tips and tricks from the collecting masters

3:00 PM

Armor Kits 101 - Building Your First Armor (90 min)

Taking a straight-out-the-box Stormtrooper kit and customizing it for your actual troopin' body. Members of the 501st will be on hand to answer all of your questions!



Photo Ops Schedule:

11:35 am - LARRY HOLT
11:45 am - JIM CUMMINGS
11:55 am - HARLEY COKELISS
12:05 pm - JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR
12:15 pm - VANESSA MARSHALL
12:20 pm - JOE GIBSON
12:35 pm - ALAN FERNANDES
12:40 pm - CHARLIE BAYLEY
12:45 pm - COLIN SKEAPING
12:50 pm - DANIEL ROEBUCK
1:05 pm  -  JAWA GROUP SHOT - Diamond, Donaldson, Wickman Miller
1:15 pm  -  FRAZER DIAMOND
1:20 pm  -  ANDREA WICKMAN MILLER
1:25 pm  -  TIM DONALDSON

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