Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace

If art reflects life, then making art is a process that can be examined to help us navigate life itself. Ed Catmull was there at the beginning, when the concept of computer animation was but a pipe dream.  He was there when George Lucas hand-picked him to head up the computer animation division of Lucasfilm … Continue reading Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace

Stunt Lightsaber Combat For Beginners: The Unofficial Guide to Dueling Like a Jedi by Carey Martell

I think it's no secret among all you who follow me that two things hold true: 1.  I am a lifelong Star Wars fan, and 2.  I am a swordfighter. It stands to reason, then, that I would not only pick up this book, but I that I would pick it apart.  All of you … Continue reading Stunt Lightsaber Combat For Beginners: The Unofficial Guide to Dueling Like a Jedi by Carey Martell

George Lucas’s Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson

This is a review for one of my many "project" books that I don't read straight through cover to cover (and hence otherwise don't review), but have nonetheless read several times out of order while researching specific subjects. I love movies, don't you?  There are many authorities out there on films.  If any one of them … Continue reading George Lucas’s Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson

Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama by Brian Daley, George Lucas, full cast

I love radio.  Do you know why?  Because of Star Wars.  When NPR broadcast these radio dramas in 1981, I missed them.  I discovered their version of The Empire Strikes Back that same year, with a single half-hour episode airing once a week, every Sunday evening on AM radio.  It opened my world to the … Continue reading Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama by Brian Daley, George Lucas, full cast

The Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge, Michael Heisler

The very first thing I downloaded in the early days of the internet was an original rough draft of Star Wars. I heard it was out there, I got it, and I spent a lot of time trying to keep names straight while I sorted through a considerably less familiar version of the story. A … Continue reading The Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge, Michael Heisler