|Young George Lucas on set|
However, I always had, and still do have, an acute appreciation of the world which George Lucas created and the story he was telling. Aside from Howard the Duck, I have enjoyed pretty much everything Lucas has done as a storyteller. From the first image of an Imperial Star destroyer coming in at the top of the screen, guns blazing to the latest instalment of Indiana Jones, I have always derived enjoyment from the work of this independent artist from
. Marin County
“What’s that?” you say. “George Lucas is an independent artist?” The answer is, “Yes, he is.” A very hard working, true to his craft and vision, independent artist.
|Red Tails poster|
Mr. Lucas had a creative vision, his own vision. In the beginning the studios laughed at him, wouldn’t take a chance on him. So, with his own money, means and drive, he did it himself and has created a company that is always at the cutting edge, that has pushed technology to its boundaries and beyond. Despite this and the creation of what are, in my opinion, three brilliant prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy, many once-upon-a-time fans have turned their backs on Mr. Lucas and the universe they had so loved. The bloggers and others were ruthless, still are. All because they didn’t like what he did with his own vision! It seems unfair.
But Mr. Lucas is an artist and if anyone can hold their head up, he can. He has stuck to his blasters and done things his way without being dictated to by the studios or his fans. Who can truly say that they love EVERY single aspect of an artists work? Not many. But that doesn’t mean that you turn completely on the artist, does it? Art is about individual expression be it an isolated moment, or an overarching vision. A lot of people didn’t like Jar Jar Binks, but really, was he any different from the Ewoks? Nobody complained about them. Jar Jar was the children’s character in Episode I, and there have always been children’s characters in Lucas’s work.
|Various Star Wars|
|Original Indiana Jones|
For all us independent artists out there, writers, painters, musicians etc. etc., George Lucas provides a bright example of success in the face of adversity, and loyalty to oneself, one’s artistic vision. I don’t think artists should be dictated to by huge companies who only see dollar signs and market studies. No one is saying it is easy or profitable, but perhaps a better strategy is to maintain a healthy level of naiveté and childlike enthusiasm. No one was ever the happier for losing both of those completely, were they?