STAR WARS

MEM­O­RIES

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Star Wars The Force Awakens - DAVE FILONI CO-CREATOR/EXC­U­TIVE PRO­DUCER ON STAR WARS REBELS

What I re­mem­ber is driv­ing home af­ter see­ing A New Hope. My brother and I were blast­ing away at all the other au­to­mo­biles like we were Han and Luke in the Mil­len­nium fal­con. It re­ally made a huge im­pres­sion on us. And I think this is true for a lot of fans, but the mu­sic was key. Be­sides the amaz­ing vi­su­als, which were un­like any­thing I’d seen at the time, the mu­sic is so pow­er­ful and so mem­o­rable.

My par­ents are both big fans of opera and sym­phony, so the mu­sic kind of be­came a great lan­guage be­tween me and my par­ents, be­cause my fa­ther would play the records. He would show me mu­sic in his col­lec­tion, and play some­thing from Strauss to show how it’s sim­i­lar to some­thing John Wil­liams had done in Star Wars, or some­thing from Wag­ner. It just be­came a great link be­tween me and my par­ents. I think Star Wars has done that for a bunch of dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions. It al­lows kids and par­ents to get to­gether and watch some­thing that they can truly en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate and come to­gether on. I think that’s one of the traits of the Star Wars fran­chise; some­thing that makes it strong.

Richard ed­wards

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