Monday, June 16, 2008

Making Star Wars

Just reading J W Rinzler’s mammoth The Making of Star Wars, and it’s interesting to see how complex a route the writing of the original scenario took. What seems, in the movie, to be something fully-formed and conceived, is seen here to be a long, hard process of changing focus, changing plot lines, changing characters (and their names), swapping ideas around, having one or two scenes that would survive from the first draft through to the end, endlessly swapping how things worked and where they worked, dumping characters and pinching their names for someone else, morphing people like Han Solo from an alien to a human, and the two robots from a couple of bickering bureaucrats to a bickering golden robot and a chirping trash can on wheels.
It’s very encouraging for any writer who’s trying to tackle something large.

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