The galaxy far, far away might appear alien, but its planets have roots right here on Earth.
In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for “Star Wars.” Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams.
Having failed to secure the rights to science fiction serial “Flash Gordon,” Lucas set out to create his own galaxy, far, far away. Even then, it featured a spacefaring princess, dog fights, warrior monks, and a Manichean battle between good and evil.
But movie bosses were skeptical. “How could he realize this universe?” was the question asked by financers. The answer lay close to home.
“From the beginning, George and production illustrator Ralph McQuarrie really grounded the world of ‘Star Wars’ in an Earth-bound reality,” explains Phil Szostak, creative art manager at Lucasfilm and author of upcoming book “The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The visual language of “Star Wars” and its sequels, prequels and spin-offs borrow symbols and landscapes from cultures and faiths around the world to carefully delineate an alien universe.
“They give you just enough mnemonic for you to go: ‘Oh, I recognize that,'” says David Reat, director of postgraduate studies in architecture at the University of Strathclyde. Providing an uncanny familiarity is “what Star Wars does better than any other film series.”
A foundation stone for this analogue is architecture. “Episodes I, II, and III were grounded in the (designs of the) ’20s and ’30s … episodes IV, V, and VI were grounded in the heavy manufacturing of the ’70s and ’80s,” Lucasfilm executive creative director Doug Chiang has said. The current sequels, he adds, reflect our times.
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