Ryan Lagasse, a student at the Art Institute of Seattle, created a Wing Commander coaster as a school project. Below are the instructions to make one yourself and the accompanying artwork.
Well I don't know what file format you guys like to take but I put it in jpg. Both sides are included in the one image. To make the coaster simply print out the image on a photo quality printer or your choice of multi purpose paper, presentation paper, photo paper or card stock. Once printed out, cut out the two images. Then if you didn't print out using card stock, glue both sides to a material like cardboard, formcore or matboard. A damaged CD works as well. A CD is the perfect size and I used one of the many AOL CDs I seem to get on a weekly basis. The glue I used was rubber cement, but other glues or adhesives could be used depending on the surface. Now if this coaster is to be used it is highly recommended that it be covered by some protective coating. I am still experimenting with that.
I am very happy with this design, but I am thinking about coming up with some variations of it. I was thinking along the lines of doing each main character or an event from the movie. They will also be in the same format unless I find a better way to make them.
Maybe cellophane plastic wrapping paper would be a good protector?
Weng Foo "Penguin" Ong from Auckland sent in a summary of the movie experience from a New Zealand perspective.
I saw it the first opportunity I got and can't say I was disappointed. I was particularly impressed with the special effects sequences, which were easily on par with Star Wars. I liked the acting since Blair and Maniac had a bit more depth then they usually seemed to have. The movie was definitely a solid effort from a first time director with a limited budget.
When I went early in the afternoon with a friend there were a few other people who had come to see the movie, surprising since most other people would've been at work or school. My friend said it was OK, even though the local reviewer gave it 1 star. Definitely DO NOT listen to reviewers!
On a side note the effects were quite dark so maybe Auckland cinemas use the same cameras or film or whatever as the US cinemas. Advertising is also pretty slack, I've only seen one small poster stuck at the back of the cinema, one short TV ad and ads in the movie directory only appeared when the movie began screening. Here's hoping the soundtrack won't be so scarce.