Guests: Roger Christian & Anthony Breznican
There are so many things about the Star Wars franchise that make it a part of cinema history. One very important aspect is the original set design – the weathered, dirty, real look of the 1977 original.
We are thrilled to speak with one of the creative geniuses behind that original Star Wars look - Roger Christian who won Best Art Direction - Set Decoration for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1977. Along with his team, he is responsible for the iconic interior of the Millennium Falcon, the first lightsaber, R2D2, and much more.
His work with George Lucas continued on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and was hand-picked by Lucas to direct the second unit on the recent Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
And we talk to Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican about everything you need to know about Star War: The Force Awakens premiere and much more! As part of Entertainment Weekly’s recent double-issue devoted to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he has done behind the scenes interviews with all the major players, from the new cast and the legendary original cast. He was also the moderator at the official Star Wars Celebration Live panel in Anaheim, which included J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy.
Host/Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro
Producer: Renee Viterstedt
Editor: Tom Hansen
Theme Song: Carl Borg
Roger Christian is a set decorator, production designer and feature film director. He won an Academy Award for his work on the original Star Wars and was Oscar-nominated for his work on Ridley Scott's Alien. His other art direction credits include Life of Brian (1979), Ken Russell's Mahler (1974) and Peter Hall's Akenfield (1974). Roger also directed Battlefield Earth (2000), with John Travolta and Forest Whitaker.
Anthony Breznican is a Senior Writer for Entertainment Weekly and the author of the novel Brutal Youth. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today.