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George Lucas Imagines the Future of Cinema (On Cellphones)

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Wow! That's what I've got to say after listening to George Lucas speak at the World Business Forum today. The legendary filmmaker discussed everything: innovation, his movies being made for phones.


In the "Future of Cinema" discussion Lucas was asked questions (by Ben Mankiewicz of At the Movies) about his accomplishments, but also about his drive to innovate new film technology (if you don't know Lucas has started a handful of film companies). "I had to invent what I didn't have," Lucas said. That technology included the ability to pan scenes of flying ships in Star Wars. "I wanted to simply pan around, so we had to invent a way of doing that. I was up there with Silicon Valley pushing that end of it," he added.

It was then that Mankiewicz asked him how he feels about our technology getting "cheaper, better, faster." Lucas rambles a bit about how TV has to be developed differently than DVD or big screen movies, and Mankiewicz, as shown in this clip, leads him to the question, of whether he'd make movies for phones, to Which Lucas says, without hesitation, yes. He makes movies to be watched, no matter what devices people watch them on. That sentiment is a bit different than David Lynch's opinion. Of course, Lucas has also been a proponent of beaming movies into living rooms as soon as they hit theaters.


Excuse the film quality, the suits took all the good seats.

As for whose work he notices and the company he thinks is really excelling, Lucas answered none other than Apple. "Steve Jobs is really amazing," he remarked. "Who would have thought 20 years ago they would have been making cellphones and doing it well?" I'll tell ya, Yoda didn't. [World Business Forum]

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You know, I really don't understand the Lucas hate.

Yes, the prequels were somewhat disappointing. Yes, the rereleases add a good deal of unwanted content. Yes, he's made a couple of wallbangery decisions.

My question is... so? No one's perfect and I've seen enough of my media idols betray my idealistic vision of them (OSC, Frank Herbert, JMS, RDM...) to understand that writers/directors/whatever are just as human as we are.

Seriously, the prequels weren't that bad. I though Serenity was disappointing and have yet to be truly enthused about Dollhouse but you don't see me ragging on about how Whedon is a disgraceful hack.