As a thank you gift for his work on "Star Wars", George Lucas gave art director Roger Christian 25,000 pounds in 1979 to make a short film. Christian used the money to shoot a 25 minute medieval fantasy titled "Black Angel"
. Lucas liked the film so much that he had it precede theatrical showings of "Empire Strikes Back" in the UK, Australia and Scandinavia. In the intervening years, the film was thought lost until a negative was discovered at Universal Studios in 2011. The film was restored and given a premiere
at the Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County last October. It will be shown again later this month at the Glasgow Film Festival and will eventually find its way to a streaming services like Netflix later this year. The BBC recently talked to Christian about the film and its rediscovery.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI
on Feb 7, 2014 -
the first, student, film of one George Lucas (staring Randal Kleiser, who later went on to direct Grease
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Jan 8, 2014 -
"[Lucas] understood the nature of play—and games—but we didn't have the time with him that we needed," said one person familiar with high-level meetings at LucasArts.
“It never felt like people at the top cared about making great games,” said another person connected to LucasArts. “A lot of awesome projects never went anywhere because, ‘it’s not gonna make enough money.’”
How LucasArts Fell Apart
(SLKotaku article) [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders
on Sep 27, 2013 -
Joseph Campbell was well-known for his exploration of the monomyth, or the hero's journey, which posits that worldwide myths that have survived for thousands of years all share a fundamental structure. Campbell's work inspired George Lucas to create the first Star Wars trilogy.
In the mid-1980s, Bill Moyers spent many hours interviewing Campbell at Skywalker Ranch. The result was a now famous documentary called "The Power of Myth
." The series has been available on DVD
since 2001, but Moyers has just made the full series
available for streaming and download on his site.
posted by ajr
on Mar 16, 2013 -
George Lucas sits down with The Hollywood Reporter:
"The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down." [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Feb 10, 2012 -
Did 'Star Wars' become a toy story? Producer Gary Kurtz looks back
“The toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire. It’s a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It’s natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but that’s not the best thing for making quality films.” He added: “The first film and ‘Empire’ were about story and character, but I could see that George’s priorities were changing.” (via
) [more inside]
posted by octothorpe
on Aug 12, 2010 -
Lucasfilm Animation is currently developing an all-new animated Star Wars series
. Not that one
, a new series. And no relation to the holiday special
) or Ewoks
, the animated series
), or even Droids
: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO
). The new new
series is set to feature creative involvement from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, creators and executive producers Robot Chicken
, writing from The Daily Show's Brendan Hay, produced by Jennifer Hill (The Backyardigans
), and directed by Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard
). Unlike the Clone Wars animated series
, the latest venture into animation will be one more humorous in tone and aimed at younger kids.
Pre-School to Kindergarten aged kids young, and the working title is believed to be "Squishies"
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 6, 2010 -
“Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi Bendu were the most feared warriors in the universe. For one hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi perfected their art as the personal bodyguards of the emperor. They were the chief architects of the invincible Imperial Space Force which expanded the Empire across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the Great Rift.
Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been hunted down and destroyed as enemies of the New Empire by a ferocious and sinister rival warrior sect, the Knights of Sith.”
- The first draft of Star Wars... was awful
posted by Artw
on May 25, 2009 -
Watch The Skies!
Directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron discuss the science fiction movies of the 1950s that influenced them. 1
:: 1 hour.
posted by vronsky
on Apr 4, 2009 -
The "Raiders" Story Conference
In 1978 George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan spent five consecutive nine-hour days hashing out the characters and plot for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The 125-page transcript of their meetings, unreleased before now, details their insane
talent and techniques for populist storytelling. (It also makes one wonder what happened to George Lucas, a man who once had a math formula
for exciting cinema.) via Ain't It Cool News, unfortunately
posted by incomple
on Mar 10, 2009 -
A look at
the (likely terrible) CGI Star Wars
prequel hitting theaters this autumn. The "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" movie
is expected to run around 100 minutes and pick up between episode II and III. Anakin Skywalker is not yet Darth Vader. The story will then continue in 30-minute smallscreen installments.
posted by incomple
on Feb 11, 2008 -