State of the Film
Star Wars – Part 1: Filmmaking
Thanks for downloading our first ever “State of the Film” special episode! Today we’re talking all about Star Wars. That’s right, we cover all 9 Star Wars films, including both “Rogue One” and the recently announced “The Last Jedi” (that comes out in 9 months). We’re getting technical with you (sorry Threepio) and discussing the films primarily from a filmmaking perspective.
We brought in a few filmmakers to help us out, so I hope you enjoy the dulcet tones of Dominic Laing and Jorge Castellanos who both share with us the genius, and the not-so-genius moments of the franchise’s 40-year history. We really enjoyed chatting with them, and they both had some very interesting insights we’d never even thought about before.
This is the first of two parts, so look out for the second part coming soon, which will tackle Star Wars from the fan perspective, where we really take a look at the state of the franchise to see how it’s holding up, and if the new movies are doing justice to the originals. Stay tuned!
As always, you can find the podcast in these places:
- Dom’s short film “When the Saints” and you can follow him (and his poetry) on Instagram here
- You can find Jorge’s Twitter here
- Ben’s scene: Ep IV: A New Hope: Dual Sunsets on Tattoine
- Dom’s scene: Ep VII: The Force Awakens: Kylo Ren Interrogation of Rey
- Jorge’s scene: Ep V: Empire Strikes Back: “I am your father”
- Jason’s scene: Ep VI: Return of the Jedi: SE ending with multiple planets
- George took a $350,000 pay cut to direct Star Wars (went from $500K to $150K) in order to keep both the merchandising rights and the rights to all sequels. He’s currently worth over $5 billion, so I’d say that’s worked out for him