Detailing the process of bringing out Light and Magic, Lawrence Kasdan reveals his dearest day on the Star Wars set

It took a village to build up the far galaxy, figuratively and literally. Phil Tibbett, stop motion and visual effects expert Dennis Morin was among the many responsible for bringing George Lucas’ concepts to life, while screenwriters like Lawrence Kasdan built on the world that was first established in 1977. Kasdan will join star Wars in 1980 with his text for Empire strikesand will remain one of the franchise’s most influential pillars for the next four decades. as sedans star Wars The trip officially ended in 2018 Solo: A Star Wars StoryBut the famous screenwriter came back to tell the stories of his fellow Disney + light and magica six-part documentary series chronicling the history of artificial light and magic.

While discovering the original Luke Starkiller comics and striking TIE Fighters miniatures, Kasdan said that the real magic of light and magic It comes from the people behind the projects.

“I only got interested in documentaries recently. I made one movie with my wife, it was about a small restaurant that was closing our doors all the time. What I found in making this documentary with my wife is that this is better than the things I write. People say things you don’t think of writing. them,” Kasdan told “That’s a lot better than controlling the world, which is what screenwriting is about. Where are you kind of, specific, well, they’re going to do that and they’re going there, they’re going to say this and react that way. Documentaries, they don’t. I felt that if I could make Those people sit and talk, I’m going to hear things that I was really interested in. The technology was good, but that’s not what it was. It was about the kind of people doing it, and what led them there. What were the different paths that led them to ILM, and why It was so satisfying to many of them?They could stay there for 30 years, 40 years, and never get bored.

People like Tippett, Muren, and others interviewed are old friends of Kasdan, but some of their stories have been a learning experience for him as much as the viewers.

“There were a million things I didn’t know. I went to it with the hope and desire that I could tell the story of these people because they are geniuses. They didn’t all start this way. They came some of them saw it when they were little kids. They would see the ILM logo and ask, ‘What? this? I want to do it!” Some of them took years to get there. I wanted to tell this story. What does it feel like to be your goal? To join a community of artists and geniuses to solve problems that no one even knows when starting out,” Kasdan continued. “I learned a lot because I learned where these people came from, what they want and what they feel now, and how they look back on that experience. It all felt new to me.”

light and magic It serves largely as a retrospective look at the many projects ILM has helped realize. However, the visual effects company is still heavily involved in star Wars Franchising nowadays, particularly in its construction of a scale production stage for The Mandalorian.

just us star Wars He evolves in visual effects, he also evolves in screenwriting. Decorated directors like Jon Favreau and Taika Waititi have recently been putting their fingerprints on them. star Wars Texts, by restoring the classic essence of the franchise while at the same time making it its own. Kasdan said he was particularly impressed with the new crop star Wars The book, noting specifically that he was fascinated by how concepts are formed.

“I admire all young people. I admire people who do new things. People who work in the universe have a certain group. The environment is there, but what they do with the environment is like Westerns. I love Westerns because you can tell any kind of story you want in the West, and war The stars are a bit like that. You’re not really driven in any direction,” Kasdan stated. “Now we get people who weren’t even close to birth, and they’re writing Mandalorian and Obi-Wan, and I love it. They didn’t form their thoughts from looking at a new hope. They formed their thoughts from being in that soup all the time since they were born.”

This new crop started on Disney’s first project in the distant galaxy: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. while current star Wars Fully streamed movies and shows in the hands of fresh talent, The force wakes up Kasdan’s own involvement in the scripting process has been enhanced.

This particular scenario created many timeless moments for the franchise, including the death of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. Even with all the scenes he’s seen The Empire strikes back! And the Return of the JediKasdan revealed that Ford’s last day on the set was an experience he “would not trade for anything.”

“We had some moments on Force Awakens that were very emotional,” Kasdan said. “When Han was coming down to the end of his ride. Love these actors, and Harrison has been in a great place. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Adam Driver is on the scene too, and it was just fun. To tell you, I’ve been very lucky. Between these and the films I’ve directed , I had one experience after another where I just said, “I can’t believe I have to do this. “”

Kasdan’s last directorial attempt, light and magicIt is now broadcasting on Disney+.


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