Signed George Lucas: "Even though everyone thought I was nuts!"
A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far Far Away....
The beginning of the largest franchise in film history, the largest grossing movie of all time when it was released and a movie that swept the 1978 Academy Awards with 11 nominations and 7 Academy Awards. A movie that almost wasn't made.
This spectacular piece is brought to life by this 11x16 photo of George Lucas, from 1976, talking to C-3P0 on set, in the deserts of Tunisia, and is so beautifully perfect as it speaks to why people might have thought George was insane for making this movie.
At the top of the photo reads a very fitting quote from George as he described the difficulties of finding success in life.
"I had the feeling I should go to film school, even though everyone thought I was nuts. I had the same feeling when I decided to make Star Wars, when even my friends told me I was crazy. These are just things that had to be done, and I felt as if I had to do them." -George Lucas
To the left off the photo, as if floating above, is a card bearing George Lucas's signature written in his hand.
George Lucas, the son of an office supply salesman, who wanted his son to go into the family business, but George had other plans. Against his father's wishes and even after everyone said he was nuts, George transferred to USC Film school in Southern California.
In the late 60's George started to direct short films, the most famous, Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138, which took first prize in the category of Dramatic Films at the 3rd National Student Film Festival in New York City, in 1968. In 1971 he released the full length feature film THX 1138, but George's first big success came when he wrote and directed his next feature film, American Graffiti. A coming of age film, he made in 1973 for under a million dollars. Incredibly the film brought in over $140 million world wide, became the third highest grossing film of the year, and was later nominated for five Academy Awards.
Coming off of this big success he decided he wanted to make a different kind of sci-fi film and thought that studios would jump at the chance, but shopping his 12 page treatment of Star Wars there were no bites until 20th Century Fox decided to take a chance on the young director. Many involved in the film thought it was going to be the laughingstock of Hollywood. Science fiction was considered a dead genre, but George believed in his concept.
Released on May 25, 1977, Star Wars broke all box office records of the day and became the highest grossing film of all time. Today Star Wars is often regarded as one of the best films of all time, as well as one of the most important films in the history of motion pictures.
George's concept spawned a trilogy that only told part of what he considered to be a larger film. With the movies, merchandise, music, theme park rides, and much more, this franchise has become the largest of all time and it is part of why George Lucas will be remembered by history as the most successful director of all time.
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