Photographer Joichi Ito caught this wonderful candid moment of filmmakers George Lucas and J.J. Abrams enjoying a conversation over dinner. Fan everywhere are most likely imagining quite the collaboration.
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In the fall of 2004, during the release of THX 1138 on DVD, TV journalist Charlie Rose interviewed filmmaker George Lucas about his films, his innovative work with Industrial Light & Magic and the future of movie making.
The two-hour special explores why the emotional impact of the Star Wars saga remains as relevant as ever. The doc interviews celebs, filmmakers, politicians, academics, journalists and critics to get their take on the cultural impact of the films, as well as its influences — like the similarities between the tales of Luke Skywalker and King Arthur and Buddha and Yoda. See how the intensely compelling stories in Star Wars — borrowed from diverse traditions, from Greek mythology and American westerns to the Bible and even Vaudeville — force us to explore some of the biggest questions of our time.
Some of the personalities interviewed include director J.J. Abrams, director Peter Jackson, director Kevin Smith, director Joss Whedon, political satirist Stephen Colbert, journalists Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Linda Ellerbee, politicians Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi, authors Mary Henderson and Steven Galipeau and many others.
What if David Lynch, director of progressive films such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Inland Empire and others had actually directed Return of the Jedi back in 1983? Would Ewoks dance around to jazzy riffs in their red-draped tree houses? Would Vader wrap his victims in plastic? Would the Endor battle all be a bad dream? Probably not, but it’s fun to think how the avant-garde director would have played around in the Star Wars universe, had he accepted the offer to direct the third film in the saga.
MTV.com recently interviewed Lynch about his films and being approached by Lucas to direct Jedi back in the early ‘80s – here’s a short excerpt from the interview:
MTV: Is it true you almost directed “Return of the Jedi”? How close did you come?
Lynch: Not close at all. I had a meeting with George [Lucas]. I like George. It was his thing. I said, “You should direct this. It’s your thing! It’s not my thing.”
MTV: Did he flat-out offer it to you at the time?
MTV: But you immediately declined.
Lynch: I called him the next day.
The interview also reveals that, like Lucas, Lynch is a huge proponent of digitial filmmaking. Check out the full story over at MTV.com.
In May 2007, filmmaker George Lucas was interviewed on stage at the D: All Things Digital, the annual tech and media conference sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, where he chatted about digital visual effects, new gaming technology developed by LucasArts and ILM, the future of Web entertainment and filmmaking in general.
The site posted the entire (almost hour-long) interview for fans to check out, complete with ILM reels including a Pirates reel with Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor John Knoll explaining how the new software helps create realistic water effects. For you gamers, there’s also a live demo from LucasArts President Jim Ward about the upcoming LucasArts gaming technology (keep your eyes peeled for the Jar Jar in Carbonite, ice and Jell-O!)
The interview hosted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher also veers into tangents about his Lucas’ thoughts on YouTube, hedge-fund investors trying to act as film producers and more.
Check out the video here:
George Lucas: The Entire D5 Interview
Lucasfilm has become synonymous the breakthrough digital entertainment, so it’s fitting that George Lucas be a key guest at the D: All Things Digital conference. Check out their coverage of the event here, particularly the video in which Lucas describes his move to television, internet video, and why you shouldn’t invest in the film business. And as a bonus, there’s a Force Unleashed demo with LucasArts president Jim Ward.