How Deep Did George Lucas Go with the Hero’s Journey in Star Wars? — A Guest Blog by Tomas Pueyo

How Deep Did George Lucas Go with the Hero’s Journey in Star Wars? — A Guest Blog by Tomas Pueyo

Much has been said about George Lucas and the Hero’s Journey. He discovered Joseph Campbell’s idea while the script for A New Hope and became instantly fascinated: so many elements of his movie fit in the Hero’s Journey framework! He decided to go all in and rewrite his script to turn it into a fundamental myth.

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Melinda’s Brew: The Force of Female Fandom [2]

Melinda's Brew

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Aside from the fact I never have been a huge fan of using such a vague word as “thing[s]”, I always have been rather amazed at the truth behind this simple adage. Shouldn’t it stand to reason that change brings about … well, change … thus “things” don’t stay the same? Isn’t that what change is all about?

Yet, we’re all human. Since that is the case, human nature, emotions, preferences come into play, and each of those facets of our beings will affect how adaptable – or resistant to change – we are. Getting philosophical on you I seem to be but this line of thinking popped into my head – quite naturally – when I sat down to write the second installment in my series about Star Wars’ female fan base. From a certain point of view, change has occurred. Read more

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George Lucas and What it Takes to be a Creative Genius

As I’m about to watch a movie loosely based on Andrei Rublev, a 15th century Russian painter, I ask myself what does it take to be a creative genius besides being creative? Intelligence? Persistence? Curiosity? A slight case of mental instability? Probably a mixture of everything.. Every so often we are gifted with an individual that has an idea. A thought of how to make our world a better place. I recently read the May 2017 issue of National Geographic in which there was an article about what clues science gives us as to what it takes for someone to have such an exceptional mind that they change the world.

Shortly after reading that article I listened to a podcast called Stuff You Missed in History Class about Jane Austen and how supportive her father was in helping her writing career even in the 18th century when women weren’t exactly expected to be great at anything. Even being an author of fiction at that time was not very well received. But with her family’s support and Jane’s gift and perseverance, she went on to become a world renown author of so many classics. So with these two sources in mind let’s delve into the creative geniuses of history and see if there any connections.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 35 – Coming Back For More, Part 2. Which Is Actually Part 5…

Hi folks! It’s that time again. We all know I’m a fan of Memory Lane, so here’s another round of rumination for you. As I continue my exploration of what keeps me coming back to each Star Wars film individually, I’m taking a look at The Empire Strikes Back this month. As much as I talked about nostalgia last time, the second film in the saga may hold even more warm, fuzzy thoughts. It is the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater. My brother took me to see it. I’ve mentioned before how funny I thought “Laugh it up, fuzzball” was to me at the time, so I won’t go into that again, but suffice it to say I laughed so much that my brother got annoyed. I’ve struggled with how much nostalgia should play a role in these discussions, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.

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CWK Show #82: “The gorilla walker has a Fu Manchu”, with Brian Jay Jones and Bobby Roberts (178)

Dan Z is joined by the author of George Lucas: A Life, Brian Jay Jones, and the former host of Full of Sith, Bobby Roberts. They start the show with the Hollywood Reporter article about the search for a director for a Kenobi film. Brian brings us up to date on George Lucas, and Tom Gross brings the latest Star Wars news. For the Coffee Chat, Dan Z talks with Din, the lead singer of F-105, to talk about their debut album. They close out the show with email. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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#Obitine and #Padakin: A Clone Wars Ring Theory Analysis

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

Now that I have the attention of the Star Wars shippers out there…!

August, 2017 marked the nine-year anniversary of the theatrical premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. On March 11, 2013, it was announced that Lucasfilm would be cancelling the beloved television series. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I wept at that announcement, and went through the entire grief process, trying to come to terms with the loss. I pined for the characters, the stories, and just the idea of being able to look forward to each passing week, so I could fill the Star Wars need in my life. I listened to the beautifully compelling musical works of Kevin Kiner, reliving the emotional journey of some of the characters and pivotal scenes.

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Star Wars: Exposing the World to Me

My relationship with Star Wars has been long and very rewarding. It has taught me lessons in not giving up, of right and wrong, it has given me friends (real and otherwise) who will always be there even if the actors who portray them on screen won’t be. It has even opened up doors to other forms of entertainment that I would not have opened if it hadn’t been for the Wars. Heck even my career choice has been influenced by Star Wars and its story.

Sometimes I forget how many books, movies, and comic books I’ve been exposed to because of my love of Star Wars. So many artists, musical composers, and directors it’s quite staggering. I’m going to try to remember them now and share them with you, starting at when my fandom evolved from a kid and his toys to teenager noticing that there’s more to Star Wars than the funny names and cool spaceships.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 34 – Coming Back For More, Part 1. Which is actually Part 4…

Hello there! You may have noticed I was M.I.A. for a couple of months. Or, maybe you didn’t. If you didn’t, good. Just don’t tell me that you didn’t. Anywho, I’m back, baby, better than ever, and I’m ready to inundate you with thoughts, feelings, and remembrances. What you are about to read is part 1 in what will be an ongoing series about the Star Wars films. We all love Star Wars, most of us started out with the films, and we keep coming back to them time and time again. We all do this for different reasons, but the one common factor is that they just kind of feel like old friends, don’t they? Or a warm, fuzzy blanket on a chilly afternoon. Or….you know what, I’m gonna stop that right there before I drink a gallon of hot cocoa and fall asleep. My point is this: We love the saga. What I have been pondering is each film as a separate work. What keeps me coming back to each film individually? When I decide that I want to watch one, why do I choose the one that I opt for? I’ve found that the answer is different for each chapter in the saga, and that’s what my next several blogs will be concerned with. I’m going to go through each film one-at-a-time and discover what it is uniquely about THAT film that I am drawn back to. I’m sure I’ll surprise myself with a few of my findings, and hopefully it will give some of you an appreciation for elements of the films you’ve never noticed, or encourage you to consider this topic for yourself and discover your own answer for each film.

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The Death Star Attack Briefing Room

Death Star Briefing Room - Feature Image

Recently, I was home from work without anything planned. I decided to watch Return of the Jedi because it had been a while since I just sat down and watched it. One of the thing that always impressed me about Star Wars films was how much detail and story inhabits each scene. One example of this is the briefing room scene for the attack on the second Death Star. This well-designed scene includes character development, exposition, world building, and consequences in three carefully crafted minutes of the film. Read more

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Star Wars: Film Noir, Stop-Motion, and Musical Scores… Oh, My!

This month I want to talk about two films that may not have had a direct influence on Star Wars, yet their lasting legacy helped paved the road for filmmakers like George Lucas, and eventually J. J. Abrams and Gareth Edwards to create movies that will inspire future filmmakers.

Those two films are Double Indemnity, whose film noir style created a whole new genre in film as far as cinematography, story, and dialogue. And Mysterious Island which served as yet another technical milestone for effects artists Ray Harryhausen and composer Miklòs Ròsza.

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