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One of 3 autographs we have!That John Williams, composer of the Star Wars scores, was introduced to George Lucas by Steven Spielberg (they had done JAWS together). After Spielberg had heard only 30 minutes of the Star Wars score, he got terribly depressed. He confessed to Lucas later that since John was supposed to do CLOSE ENCOUNTERS next, he was afraid that Williams had 'used up' his talent on Star Wars. We all know this wasn't in fact the case... John Williams continues to serve up memorable scores to this day.

That Alan Ladd, Jr., then development executive at 20th Century Fox, paid Lucas $ 15,000 to develop the Star Wars script in 1974. "George had many permutations on the picture," Ladd said. "He once thought of it with an all-Japanese cast."

R2 Flips! (14K)That in the Empire Strikes Back, the filming of a swamp scene was actually shot in George Lucas' unfinished swimming pool in San Rafael? The scene was the one in which a monster shoots out of the swamp hoping to grab R2-D2. "We piled the whole crew in the pool, which was filled with muddy water, and George shot the footage himself. Lot of fun!"

- Ted Moehnke, prop man for ILM

(from"George Lucas-The Creative Impulse:
Lucasfilm's First Twenty Years" by Charles Champlin)

That Richard Marquand, Director of Return of the Jedi, also directed "Eye of the Needle" starring Donald Sutherland. After Jedi, he went on to direct "Jagged Edge"; however, he died at only 49 years of age in 1987.

(from"George Lucas-The Creative Impulse:
Lucasfilm's First Twenty Years" by Charles Champlin)

Biggs (7K) Garrick Hagon (6K)
That the actor who played Biggs Darklighter (Garrick Hagon) also played the part of a CNN reporter in the movie "Mission Impossible". Some of his other film credits include "A Bridge Too Far" and as Bruce Wayne's father in "Batman".

(Star Wars Insider, Issue 32, January, 1997).
{He was also in the television mini-series "Scarlett" - MK.}

Boba Fett That during filming of The Empire Strikes Back, the actor who portrayed Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) can also be seen in the film "unmasked". He served as a last-minute fill in for the actor set to portray an Imperial officer on Bespin. The actor had called in sick that day, and Bulloch was asked to step into the role of that "fearless" officer who uses Leia as a shield. A Fearless Officer

That in Return of the Jedi, as the shuttle comes into the landing bay of the Deathstar, ILM "matted in a couple of little guys who are welding or working on something in there. They're so tiny that even the most avid Star Wars fan probably won't notice them until his eighteenth viewing; but they're there, and it's one of those peripheral-type things that we do that makes the scene look more alive, even if you don't conciously see it".

(Richard Edlund, September 29th, 1982
From: Cinefex Magazine, Number 13, 1983)

That "On every picture we try to sneak a few weird things in. On Empire, we had a potato flying through the asteroid sequence. For some reason, we all felt like we had more freedom to do gag shots and things on that show. On Jedi, though, we really hadn't done anything until just this week when I started horsing around with some of the elements. So on the fleet shots, I've been putting in pictures of my tennis shoes, wads of gum -- things like that. You'll never notice it, but it's kind of fun to fool around sometimes and see how much you can get away with."

(Ken Ralston, February 16th, 1983
From: Cinefex Magazine, Number 13, 1983)

"Digital Doubles"   In Attack of the Clones, even Obi Wan Kenobi was a CG character in some scenes. "Take the scene in the old-school diner where Obi-Wan Kenobi goes to consult with Dexter, weapons-expert-turned-cook. Dexter, a jocular, rotund creature with four arms, was obviously created through the use of visual effects of some sort. In this case, it was computer graphics. Likewise, the droid waitress is not difficult to identify as a creation of ILM. However, many viewers would be surprised to learn that as Obi-Wan and Dexter embrace in a greeting, Obi-Wan is CG too.  "When Dexter grabs him, you want to see the cloth of Obi-Wan's robe deform in response to all four of Dexter's arms," said Knoll. "So in those shots, Obi Wan is computer generated from the neck down, so that the shading matches. We used his live-action head and replaced the rest of his body." Knoll's team key-framed the CG Obi-Wan to match the performance of live-action Ewan McGregor.

(From PostIndustry: ILM on 'Attack of the Clones'
by Catherine Feeny
Click here for the full article)



Jim & George (13K)

"People occasionally say I'm the new Walt Disney," Lucas has said. "But I'm not really the new Walt Disney at all. Yet one thing occurred to me when Jim Henson died. People said he was the new Walt Disney, too. But the truth is that what Walt did for animation Jim did for puppetry and I've done for special effects. I took something that was not very well regarded, a kind of esoteric, technical-cult enthusiasm, and recognized it for the art it is and gave it a showcase where people could really see and appreciate the artistry."
(from "George Lucas-The Creative Impulse: Lucasfilm's First Twenty Years", by Charles Champlin)




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