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Anatomy of Star Wars Masterclass w/ Gary Kurtz & Sandy Lieberson

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You want this don't you.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardian-masterclasses/anatomy-of-star-wars

Dates: 14-15 May 2011

Duration: Two days

Location: Renior Cinema, London

Price: £150 (inclusive of VAT)

Maximum number of places available: 250

Star Wars was released in 1977 by 20th Century Fox and went on to become one of the most successful and universally adored films of all time. But what is it that made Star Wars such a successful and exhilarating cinematic experience? Was it down to the film's groundbreaking visual effects? Perhaps the age-old story of good versus evil captured the imagination of its global audience? What role did marketing and merchandising play in influencing its reception?

Now, over two days, Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and American Graffiti,) and vice president of 20th Century Fox International Sandy Lieberson (producer credits include Performance and Rita, Sue and Bob Too) will examine the anatomy of Star Wars and offer first-hand insights into the development, production and marketing that made this film a defining moment in the history of cinema.

Paying particular attention to the film's origins and inspirations, script, visual and audio development, special effects, editing, pre- and post-production, marketing and distribution, Gary and Sandy will explore how Star Wars emerged from the mist of 1970s American new wave cinema while offering an expert point of view on the film's enduring legacy.

The course will take place at the Renoir Cinema in London on 14-15 May 2011.

 

 

General promo press article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2011/apr/19/gary-kurtz-star-wars

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Full Review:  http://theforce.net/latestnews/story/The_Anatomy_of_Star_Wars_Class_Reviewed_138288.asp

At the start of the two days Gary Kurtz stated that he didn't want to spend time debating the prequels or what he thinks of Lucas the filmmaker now. Much like the Rinzler Star Wars book he wanted to explain the whole process of how the film was made from its inception, through to it’s release and success and up to the changes in the special editions.

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Ooooo!!!! Nice!

I might go, and I mighht bring a friend.





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Two excerpts from the review none linked to:

He thought that a certain amount of history revision had taken place (either intentionally or not), and legends and lore about Star Wars that most fans know are not necessarily accurate. He believes some names involved with Star Wars have unfairly been forgotten or diminished (Marcia Lucas for one) and he wanted to highlight the collaborative work the incredible crew did with limited time and resource. Gary Kurtz asked that we try to forget about what Star Wars became after 1977 and think about what it was like in the mid 70’s and the creation of a modest budgeted, unpopular genre film that had relatively low expectations. 

His main issue with what Star Wars has now become was to do with the creation of filling in back stories and the explanation of peripheral characters and plot points that were mentioned in the original trilogy, which up to 1983 were filled in by our imaginations. He would prefer new stories to be told rather than have detailed explanations of The Force or the origin of Boba Fett.

Gary Kurtz is awesome.

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Wow those are great comments.  I wonder why he was left out of the

 

CONVERSTION WITH THE MASTERS?!?!?

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Tobar said:

Two excerpts from the review none linked to:

He thought that a certain amount of history revision had taken place (either intentionally or not), and legends and lore about Star Wars that most fans know are not necessarily accurate. He believes some names involved with Star Wars have unfairly been forgotten or diminished (Marcia Lucas for one) and he wanted to highlight the collaborative work the incredible crew did with limited time and resource. Gary Kurtz asked that we try to forget about what Star Wars became after 1977 and think about what it was like in the mid 70’s and the creation of a modest budgeted, unpopular genre film that had relatively low expectations. 

His main issue with what Star Wars has now become was to do with the creation of filling in back stories and the explanation of peripheral characters and plot points that were mentioned in the original trilogy, which up to 1983 were filled in by our imaginations. He would prefer new stories to be told rather than have detailed explanations of The Force or the origin of Boba Fett.

Gary Kurtz is awesome.

You guys call me the case study, but it's not just me.  Star Wars was something entirely different in 1977.  It was poorly handled once Lucas got the creativity & idea folks out of his way.

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Anchorhead said:

Tobar said:

Two excerpts from the review none linked to:

He thought that a certain amount of history revision had taken place (either intentionally or not), and legends and lore about Star Wars that most fans know are not necessarily accurate. He believes some names involved with Star Wars have unfairly been forgotten or diminished (Marcia Lucas for one) and he wanted to highlight the collaborative work the incredible crew did with limited time and resource. Gary Kurtz asked that we try to forget about what Star Wars became after 1977 and think about what it was like in the mid 70’s and the creation of a modest budgeted, unpopular genre film that had relatively low expectations. 

His main issue with what Star Wars has now become was to do with the creation of filling in back stories and the explanation of peripheral characters and plot points that were mentioned in the original trilogy, which up to 1983 were filled in by our imaginations. He would prefer new stories to be told rather than have detailed explanations of The Force or the origin of Boba Fett.

Gary Kurtz is awesome.

You guys call me the case study, but it's not just me.  Star Wars was something entirely different in 1977.  It was poorly handled once Lucas got the creativity & idea folks out of his way.

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Surprised he did not turn it into another Raiders and Jedi Bash fest.

I like Raiders and Jedi, he wants to savage the prequels now that would be entertaining.

Are Raiders and Jedi different than how Gary would have produced them, absolutely. The truth is Lucas considered replacing him on Empire but gave him second chance.

Empire is not the film Lucas ultimately wanted to make.

And he was very very unhappy with how star wars turned out.

 

He is very happy with the prequels and the cartoon/videogame 2004 Lucas personal  edit version.

“Always loved Vader’s wordless self sacrifice. Another shitty, clueless, revision like Greedo and young Anakin’s ghost. What a fucking shame.” -Simon Pegg.