The Tribeca Film Festival was held this past weekend, and one of the distinguished guests was the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas. As an added bonus, Lucas was interviewed by self-professed Star Wars super-fan, Stephen Colbert, as part of the Tribeca Talks series.
Topics ranged from Lucas’ early desire to be race car driver, the experimental projects from his USC film school days, to his relationships with other filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg.
In light of Star Wars Celebration and the release of the latest teaser trailer, the conversation turned toward The Force Awakens. Lucas reiterated his desire to experience the movie on the big screen (possibly in his home) rather than on a mobile device or computer. He stated that he regretted not being able to look at his own Star Wars films with “fresh eyes.” Being in the thick of it would have made that impossible, of course. Regarding The Force Awakens he said, “I don’t know anything about it. This time it’ll be very thrilling.”
He also responded to criticism of the “wooden dialogue” in the Star Wars Saga in an exchange with Colbert:
“I believe half of a movie is the sound,” he told Colbert, explaining that, in his mind, what a film’s characters say to one another are merely part of the overall soundtrack and sound design. “The sound is what’s important—the dialogue is not.”
That prompted this excellent bit:
That led comment led Lucas to acknowledge, “I’m notorious for wooden dialogue.”
“It’s not wooden,” Colbert interjected. “It’s hand-carved.”
(High-fives to Colbert!)
Here are a few highlights from the evening.