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Due to the Content of this Video (Star Wars), YouTube isn’t currently allowing this Video to be seen… However I’m hoping that it can be seen here on my Site
I, Filmmaker – Star Wars Part 1
A James Mahoney/DarkLight Film’s Video
Produced & Edited by James Mahoney
Commentary by James Mahoney (DarkJade)
It was May, 1977…
My Brother, Mom and I went to see the Original “Star Wars”
My Brother and My Lives would never the same
That Opening Sequence…
The Size of the Ship
And in Walked My Favorite All Time Villain, Darth Vader
He’s Affected me forever in regards to Villains
He has, in fact, Set The Bar
And has Lead me Directly to my Theory that
In a Story where there are ‘Good Guys’
And there are ‘Bad Guys’
(Be it Movie, Book or Other)
A Story can only be as good as ‘The Bad Guy’
Cuz who cares if the Good Guy Defeats some Fool, Lol
Check My Theory Out on some of your Favorite Good Guy Bad Guy Films
“Robin Hood Prince of Thieves”
That Movie would have been Horrible without Alan Rickman as The Sheriff of Nottingham
(It’s Still Pretty Horrible, and Dated, Lol but Rickman was Hilarious)
Flash Forward to
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Guarantee you, if Loki had been Played by anyone less then him
It wouldn’t have done nearly as well
At the time I saw “Star Wars”, I was 8 years old
And, in Truth, I was more of a ‘Han Solo’ guy
My Bro was into ‘Luke’
Which worked out good in regards to Toys, and/or Acting out Scenes Etc.
But Looking back now, I have really gained an Appreciation for Luke’s Character
He is Hope… He is Light
And I do believe, Visually, George Lucas was inspired a bit by…
Peter O’toole as Lawrence…
The White Clothing, and White/Blonde Hair
Also, did you see Alec Guiness in it as a Sheik?
Probably where Lucas got the idea to bring him into “Star Wars”
Which leads us to… Ben
Enter… The Force
And… Light Sabers
Which are a Simply Elegant Weapon
And Damn Cool Looking, Lol
But I Love Knights, so
The Blend of Sci-Fi, and Knights…
I was Done
But it’s Time For ‘The Man’
He was My Favorite Man…
I wanted to be ‘Han Solo’
Me, and a Million other young Boys, Lol
So a Young Hopeful Hero (Luke)
And an Aging Knight of the Jedi Order (Ben)
Along with a Roguish Pilot (Han Solo)
An Annoying Nagging Robot (C-3PO)
With a Hilarious Beeping Robot (R2d2)
Oh, an a Giant Wolf/Bear Growling Co-Pilot (Chewbacca)
off to Save a Princes (Leia)
From the Coolest Evil Dude in Film (Darth Vader)
Great Start, Right?
Oh, and did I mention the Millennium Falcon?
Star Wars… The Reason I Became A Film Maker – My Story (Part II)
Always good to keep in the Star Wars Loop…
Just heard about this Show Coming Next Fall
Star Wars RebelsFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Star Wars Rebels Genre Science fiction
Format CGI Animated series Country of origin United States Production Executive producer(s) Simon Kinberg
Production company(s) Lucasfilm
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television Broadcast Original channel Disney XD (2014)
Disney Channel (premiere)
Original airing Fall 2014 Chronology Preceded by Star Wars: The Clone Wars Followed by Star Wars live-action TV series External link Website
Star Wars Rebels is an upcoming CGI animated series that will be produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. It takes place between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in which the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The series is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel before airing regularly on Disney XD. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman have all been announced as executive producers. The villain’s official role as The Inquisitor in the Empire was revealed at the 2013 New York Comic-Con.  It is possible that Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker‘s former Jedi Padawan, will make an appearance in the series, as stated by executive producer Dave Filoni.
See This and More Here Wikipedia
PICTURE CREDIT – Mercenary Ace Ahsoka
I Find Myself in an Interesting Place
I just Read Two Different Articles with Completely Different Opinions about “Giving Free” Copies of your Ebook away.
One Article seemed very Intelligent, and left me feeling like it would be a good Idea to Give a Copy of My Novella “I Died Once” away…
Followed by a Second Article, that was pretty much saying that Social Media basically Creates More Social Media, Lol
As opposed to Book Sales that is.
Conflicts I also ran into when I was briefly pursuing Film Making for a Few years.
And they are this…
1) Yes, I’d Like to be Making a Living from My Writing…
Nothing wrong with that… Right? Being Paid for what your Passionate about… Not having to do a 40 hours a week Office Job Etc…. Or so it was with me anyways
Yes, for me it went something like this…
- Bus Boy at a Restaurant (First Job)
- Box Boy, then Meat Clerk at a Market (Like, 3rd and 4th Job)
- 5 Years of Data Entry, and/or Office Jobs (Arghh, Artificial Lighting, Lol)
- 6 1/2 Years Inside Sales (I actually did well at this, but was completely fried on Sales by the end of it)
Granted, I didn’t have any Kids, so it was a bit easier to take this kind of Risk…
I then spent the next 3 years Pursuing Film Making, whilst taking an assortment of jobs to pay the bills, eat, and roof over my head kind of thing.
And I have to tell you, it was completely Satisfying.
Then I ran into some Medical Issues which slowed me up a bit… Don’t worry, I’m fine now… But during this time where I found myself at Home a bunch, I shifted My Film Making pursuits into Screenplay Writing Pursuits.
Yes, I spent a lot of time Watching Old Classic Movies, which got me even Further In Touch with ‘True’ Story Telling… But it also turned me off the Current Film Industry a bit, which made shifting to Screenplay Writing from Film Making a bit easier then if My Health had Forced me to Give up My Dream.
Wrote Screenplays for a couple years, without being able to establish an Agent (Though I only sent a Hand Full of Query Letters Out), then sat Writing down for a while… These are things I’ve mentioned before. Yes, I fell in love, and played lots of World of Warcraft for a while, Lol
But I needed the Break… I’d Worked from the age of 15, and then went right into Passionately Pursuing My Dreams for 6 Years after that…
But mostly the Medical Scare, though I got through that, Created the Need to just take a Break for a bit.
And last year, just as I was about to get into Writing again, My Girlfriend and I broke up…
A Lot of Poetry… A Lot of Blog Stories… My “I Died Once” Novella… My Up and Coming Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha”… And My Vampire Series “Allure” which I will Publish as Short Novella’s next year…
And That’s when I began Self Publishing My Own Work
But first, My 2nd Point about Why I Want To Write
2) I’m a Storyteller… I want to Get My Stories Out, and Share them with People that might Enjoy the Worlds, and or Characters I Create.
For this I largely Blame George Lucas… His First Two “Star Wars” Movies not only Inspired me to be a Film Maker… They also Inspired me to be a Storyteller.
Sure, he’s not the Greatest Writer in the World… There is a Strong Simplicity to the Actual Script and Dialog of his Films…
But… His Story Concept… Story Scope… And Characters… Were Brilliant, Interesting, and Diverse.
Yes I was there… I was a young kid when I saw these first two Films… And it not only Changed The Film Industry… It Changed the World.
Well… At least for me.
But My Points are this
1) I Want to be a Professional Writer… Be Paid To Weave Tales, and Share them with People
2) I Want to Write Stories, Tell Stories, and Share Stories with as many People as care to Check them out. To Connect with the Readers, and possibly even be Inspired by other Writers as well. Which by the way I have been in the last Year+ that I’ve been Writing/Blogging.
So when I look at the Possibility of Giving Out Free Digital Copies of My Novella “I Died Once” (Something I hadn’t planned on doing)… Whether it Generates Future Interest in me as a Writer, and Perhaps My Future Books or not… One thing that it does for sure, is Share the Stories in My Head with as Many People as are Interested in taking a Peak.
Thanks For Listening/Reading
PICTURE CREDIT – The Writer
I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about this.
Mostly because I saw the Original “Star Wars” in the Theater in 1977, which basically lead to me pursuing Film Making in 2000-2003.
Granted, both “Walt Disney” (The Man), and George Lucas are two of my Greatest/Fondest Heroes… Walt Disney even more than George Lucas.
So in one Respect, I’m totally for it.
Also, I know/realize that George is getting older…
But in truth, I really never expected him to let go of Lucas Film… And what I mean by that is, it just never passed through my mind that he’d sell it.
I will say this about Disney, their movies weren’t doing that good, especially one of their last ones, “John Carter”, which by the way is a fun movie to watch.
But one thing that the Newest President of Disney did do that was Brilliant, was Purchase Marvel Comics a hand full of years back… Now that was brilliant thinking… Just like purchasing Pixar was brilliant.
As we all know, the Marvel Films are doing Extremely well in Sales (The Avengers was the 3rd Worldwide Grossing Film in History, behind Titanic and Avatar)… So basically Pixar saved their Animated Department, and Marvel has saved their Movie Department… At least in my opinion.
And now there’s whispers about Disney making a New Star Wars Film in 2015… All I can say is… Wow… We’ll have to see.
But that’s ok.
My first instinct is “Get J. J. Abrams” Aboard maybe to Film it… He is an Awesome Producer (He Produces “Person of Interest” which is a Brilliant T.V. Show, and many many others), and Film Maker (He did the New Star Trek).
But enough of all this… For me it feels like a bit of a Sad Day to see George Sell his Brain Child… But from a Pure ‘Mortality’, and ‘Business’ standpoint, it makes perfect sense.
Good Luck Disney
As I’ve said many times before, The Original “Star Wars”, and “The Empire Strikes Back” were the two Films that Inspired me to Pursue Film Making…
But I thought it was time I Truly Shared My Path Through the Sci-Fi Genre, which basically started in the 70′s for me when I was very young.
Space 1999 (1975-1977)
Now I don’t remember when I started watching “Space 1999″, it probably wasn’t as early as 1975… But sometime when I was very young, I did watch it… And it was Cool, Lol
Wow, that was kind of painful, Lol… The 70′s man, Lol
Then came the Original “Star Wars”, and that was it, I was ‘hooked’ on Sci-Fi.
I was Han Solo, My Brother was Luke, and My Favorite All Time Villain Became Darth Vader.
Star Trek (1966-1969)
And of course “Star Trek” Reruns were on T.V. frequently, which were just Awesome… Spock was, and is, my favorite Star Trek Character.
The Ultimate in Sci-Fi Melodrama, Lol… With a sprinkle of Shakespearean Undertones for Good Measure, Lol
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (1979)
Wow… Wow… The 70′s… Wow, Lol
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
“TAKE YOUR STINKING PAWS OF ME YOU DAMN DIRTY APE!” Lol
We Loved this Show, Lol
She regrets taking us, Ha
But in the end, I think we survived it ok, Lol
Uh, Yeah… It was pretty scary for a couple of young kids, Lol
Flash Gordon (1980)
We Loved This Flick, as Cheesy as it was, Lol… In fact I not only met Timothy Dalton years later, but My Current Cat is also Named “Baron”, after the Timothy Dalton Character, Lol Not to mention “Queen”, and more specifically “Freddy Mercury” was my Favorite All Time Singer…
Spaceships, Hawkmen, Queens Music… Yeah, this was my kind of Flick, Lol
And of course, One of My All Time Favorite Films, “The Empire Strikes Back”… Han was My Man, and this Film was definitely His Film.
In My Opinion, the Best Sci-Fi Film Ever… No “Star Wars”… No “The Empire Strikes Back”… No “Star Wars”… And so it Goes, Lol
But I will Say The First Two Star Wars Films are one of My Main Motivations Behind My Focus of “Characters”, “Story”, and “Character & Story” Development. And the Importance of a Great Villain.
Blade Runner (1982)
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
One of the Best Sci-Fi Lines, and Scenes Ever… Wridley Scott is a Film Genius Basically… And of course the Writer Philip K. Dick, whose “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” Book it was based on.
At a Time when We Lived in Video Game Arcades, it was like Being in One of them…
And the List goes on and on… But those were the one’s that got My Bro and I Off the Ground so to speak, in regards to Sci-Fi.
Thanks For Listening/Watching/Reading