Exclusive: J.W. Rinzler on 'The Making Of Return Of The Jedi' and more
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If you think the original Star Wars trilogy is fully told, wait until 2013...
In the latest of the Shadowlocked Podcasts, we chat with George Lucas's official Star Wars chronicler, writer Jonathan Rinzler, who joined Lucasfilm's book division in 2001 and persuaded his way into re-envisioning the Star Wars 'Making Of' books as full-fledged production sagas - operatic stories in their own right, as seen in the likes of 'The Making Of Star Wars' (2007) and 'The Making Of The Empire Strikes Back' (2010).
Site editors Gabriel Ruzin and Martin Anderson chat with Jonathan about 'the best classified ad in the world'; the joys and travails of having unimpeded access to the Lucasfilm archives; which characters were(and weren't) nearly killed at the story stage of Return Of The Jedi; emerging and forthcoming books such as Darth Vader and Son...
...Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia (Fall 2012)...
...and then after taking a short break on (let's face it) an inevitable topic...
...about Jonathan's collaboration with Roger Christian on the highly-awaited Star Wars/Alien memoirs 'Cinema Alchemist', and another with illustrator and LucasFilm regular Greg Knight: the Edgar Allen Poe animated chiller The Riddle Of The Black Cat...
...and..well, as for the rest, there's the index, and here's the chat itself:
As usual, the full index is below. If you want the Podcast page URL (which opens as a page with an embedded MP3 player), it's here.
Define 'geek'..? - 00:37
What does he officially do for George Lucas? - 01:15
Getting the job - 01:52
The terror of Rick McCallum - 02:47
Creating the 'Making Of' series - 03:18
The mountain of research material for the RotJ Book - 04.05
Detective work - 05:05
Presenting evidence in 'Making Of' books - 06:00
Interview subjects for 'The Making Of Return Of The Jedi' - 06:48
Deadlines for submission - 07:10
George Lucas' input into the 'Making Of' books - 07:30
Resurrecting the original Yoda after nearly 30 years - 07.58
Plans for upgrading the prequels' 'Making Of' books..? - 08:48
What's coming up in the RotJ book in 2013 - 10.00
'Black Friday' at ILM - back to the drawing board! - 10:47
Let's talk Slave Leia - 11.07
Making VFX on RotJ - 12:10
David Fincher, the new guy on RotJ - 12:50
Other VFX problems (Rancor, Sarnak pit, et al) - 13.30
Book dealing with the 1990s etc RotJ revisions..? - 14.05
New RotJ photos and scans to come - 14:30
Why Richard Marquand and not George Lucas at the RotJ helm? - 15.12
On editing Roger Christian's 'Cinema Alchemist' - 16.10
Reconciling different versions of the same story..? Ask Kurosawa.- 17.45
Any complaints yet..? - 18:23
About those RotJ characters who were nearly killed at the story stage - 19:10
Ignoring internet Urban Legends about Star Wars - 20:14
Making The Riddle Of The Black Cat - 20:39
Releasing the animated Edgar Allen Poe short film - 22.07
The difficulty of adapting the works of Poe to the screen - 22:47
From teaching and chronicling to 'doing' - 23:45
Darth Vader and Son, The Old Republic Encyclopaedia - 24.57
Red Tails - 26:02
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