illustration business of over 20 years. So I was thrilled to recently meet Roger Christian who won an Oscar for Best Art Direction on the original Star Wars!
Christian screened a remastered version of his short film Black Angel that was thought lost for 34 years. It was shown before the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in certain locales. Toronto film critic Richard Crouse moderated the Q & A after the screening where I learned that Christian was responsible for creating the Jedi lightsabre and prototype for R2D2.
Black Angel is now available on: iTunes for $2.99
Star Wars (1977)
The epic science fiction space opera film, Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) is about a farmboy named Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who gets drawn into a battle between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. Along the way he meets characters that have become a huge part of pop culture such as CP3O, R2D2, Chewbacca, Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Darth Vadar. See: original movie trailer
This belief would become a grand part of my mid-life challenges as I discovered that The Force was very real and was described in many other ways in religions around the world. This belief would help me through the many adversities I went through and helped me become a stronger more resilient person. I’ll always be grateful to the original Star Wars and filmmakers like Roger Christian that helped fuel my passion, imagination and successes in my life and career!
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