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I really love these essays. Great job. Is there any way to make contributions?
Right now we’re being very careful to maintain a specific tone, so the contributor slate is invite-only, but an open call for submissions is possible down the line.
Thanks for responding!
does anyone know why jj was only offered the 1st movie and not the trilogy? when it was announced that he was going to do Ep VII, i assumed it was for the new trilogy… when johnson got the nod for Ep VIII, i looked and couldn’t find an answer. do you guys know what’s up?
It’s pretty typical for directors to not want to be tied down to more than one film at a time—especially someone of JJ’s stature. I’m sure the possibility existed at some point of him doing more, but between his other projects and what’s rumored to be a slightly testy relationship with Disney, it was always unlikely IMO that he’d stick around. Remember that Lucas directing the entire PT was unusual–the OT was directed by three different people, and was stronger for it.
Found this yesterday and spent hours reading! Good material! Very good readings on the diversity/inclusion topics.
Thank you! Stick around!
Definitely! You’re part of my open-on-startup tabs now!
I recently found this site and am extremely impressed by the dedication and seriousness of the essays. I will be reading more of this site in the future.
What a great discovery this page is! Are there any openings for contributions or new blogs?
Sure, we accept submissions–check out the details here: http://eleven-thirtyeight.com/submissions/
And thank you!
Hi fellow fans, I love this site. 3 questions to ask if anyone could answer..1 silly lol. 1) who is the character to the left of r2-d2 on the poster? 2) I seen a name of a group Kylo Ren was a part of about a month ago that was not “knights of ren” or “first order”. Now I can’t find it anywhere…anyone know what it is? 3) lastly what does 1138 stand for?..lol please don’t kill me for the last one.
1) probably Maz Kanata, Lupita Nyong’o’s character.
2) no idea, but it was probably speculation at best and not official info
3) THX-1138 was George Lucas’s first film; as an easter egg he snuck variations of it into all the SW films and in other places it’s become a sort of shorthand for “a Star Wars fan wrote this”. As for why this site is called that, check our “About the Site” page.
Thank you very much:-D
I was wondering your thoughts on c3-po’s face on the poster? Is it just me or is something not right?
I know exactly what you mean, but it’s just the lighting–If you get a close enough look at him you can tell it’s still normal.
While reading your article on Ben Solo, I came across this comment:
[“Snoke, knowing that the dark side was strong in the Skywalker bloodline, would likely attempt to keep a certain level of darkness present within Ben to constantly gnaw at him, the invisible fingers of the dark side pulling at his mind since he was a child.”]
This comment makes no sense to me whatsoever. Do you really believe that you can describe the moral compass of anyone, let alone a fictional character, in this matter? Everyone . . . and I mean EVERYONE has a 50/50 chance of chosing whatever path they want to take, whether it is good or evil. EVERYONE has the potential to be either decent or monsters. EVERYONE can give in to evil, depending on the moment, an emotional state or situation.
The idea that Ben Solo or anyone related to Anakin Skywalker, has a strong potential for evil due to BLOODLINE is absolutely ludicrous to me.
Hi! I’m the author of this piece. Thank you for talking the time to read it.
I see where you’re coming from and I now realized I could have phrased that part better. The Force (not the darkside) is very strong in their family. Snoke would see the potential to corrupt Ben and create a strong dark side user. I stand by my idea behind the statement you quoted, but now realize I should have not been as specific regarding the dark side.
If you’d like to keep talking about this you can find me on twitter @livetheforce so we don’t take up too much place on this page.
My name is Scott Sandow. I am a public information officer for Placer County in California. I would like to bring to your attention a podcast we released about a local artist, Frank Ordaz. Frank was matte painter on Return on the Jedi and a bunch of other iconic films from the 80’s. We thought you might want to give this a listen and possibly share with your audience.
The episode is titled “Hugging George Lucas.” We hope you enjoy.
Hey, I’m wondering if you guys have any interest in publishing short-stories. I like to write Legends from the old EU into fireside tales. Thanks and MTFBWYA
That’s a pretty cool concept! As it happens, though we already have a series that’s a lot like that—and anything closer to a typical “short story” would probably border on fanfic, which is outside of the bounds of this site.
AS FOR STAR WARS EPISODE VII THE FORCE AWAKENS IT IS AN OVERALL SO GREAT AN ADDITION TO THE STAR WARS FAMILY FRANCHISE OF EPISODES THOUGH MY ONLY DISLIKE ABOUT THE FILM IS THE LACK OF DISCOVERY OF TO THE ALIENS CREATURES PILOTS NAMES
AS THE NAMES GIVEN BY J.J.ABRAMS & NEAL SCANLAN OF ALMOST THREE YEARS OF NOT DISCOVERING MORE IS SO AGGRAVATING FRUSTRATING
AND PLEASE IF FINDING KNOWING ANYTHING GET BACK TO ME QUITE SOON
Definitely check out the Poe Dameron comic book series—it’s around 30 issues and does a great deal to expand upon the others pilots in the Resistance.
AS FOR ALL THE DIVERSE VARIOUS CHARACTERS POPULATING THAT ARE OF THROUGHOUT ALL THE VARIOUS SEQUENCES THERE ARE OF ALL THE NEW 82% OF ALIENS CREATURES-AS COMPARED TO RETURN OF THE JEDI’S 64%
I AS YET CONTINUE OF BEING UPSET AS NOT TO OF LEARNED EXTRA MORE NAMES OF THE IDENTITIES OF THE 110 CHARACTERS THROUGH THIS MOVIE
SO PLEASE PROVIDE ME ANY NEWS AS FOR THESE CHARACTERS AND NOT THE ALREADY OBVIOUSLY MADE KNOWN ONES
FOR ALL AND EVERYONE THE SO SAID 110 CREATURES DESIGNS AS DONE OF IN STAR WARS EPISODE VII THE FORCE AWAKENS I’M SO DISCOURAGED AS FOR HAVING NOT FOUND ANY EXTRA ALIENS CREATURES DROIDS AND HUMANS SENTIENTS SEEN THROUGHOUT THIS EPISODE
AND J.J.ABRAMS AND NEAL SCANLANS CHARACTERS MYSTERY NAMES IS SO THEY KEEPING THE MAJORITY DIFFICULT DISCOVERY IS GETTING TO BE SO IRRITATING ASIDE FROM THE LESS AVAILABLE KNOWN NAMES
SO PLEASE CONTINUING ME WITH THE MORE NAMES ASIDE FROM THE QUITE OBVIOUS ONES
I would suggest looking into the recent Visual Dictionaries—a great deal of the background characters and species do in fact have names and biographical detail.
I am a member of Fan Forum (Fan Forum – TV, TV Shows, Music, Movies, Celebrities, & Other Entertainment Forums) which is a great website where lots of fans come together to talk about their favorite actors, movies, television shows and general topics that we’re all interested in.
We have a message board for Star Wars topics (http://www.fanforum.com/f99/). I noticed that your website (http://eleven-thirtyeight.com/) is a great site to keep up to date and learn more about (Star Wars) and we would love to start a partnership with your site and our board. I think that both our sites would benefit greatly from a share of traffic between our sites.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Official “partnerships” with other sites aren’t really something we do but I’m happy to leave your link visible here as-is, and you’re certainly welcome to link to us if you’d like.
That works if you are unable to put the link visible on the main page or like use a banner – than can certainly see if we can add as a general affiliation instead of adding your site to the bottom of the forum where it would be seen on every page by posters
It was a pleasure to meet you at Star Wars Celebration 2019!
I have two questions:
1) Who are your inspirations as a writer?
2) Do you have a greater interest in the things that influenced the creation of the Star Wars franchise or how Star Wars itself has affected the pop culture landscape?
Thank you and congratulations on your success!
Hi Trevor, nice to have met you too.
1) Personally a lot of the tone I try to aim for here at ETE comes from Nate Silver (hence our name) and Rachel Maddow—who’s a TV person more than a writer but the way she structures and relays information has been very influential, especially for things like my EU Explains series. More broadly (and more personally) Kurt Vonnegut is by far my favorite author; his concision and his ability to be both fatalistic and empathetic at the same time has a lot to do with how I present myself.
2) While I went to school for visual effects I have to admit the craft of filmmaking has never been a major interest for me (probably why I didn’t end up using that degree much); the effect Star Wars has had (and continues to have) on the modern landscape is definitely more my interest, and of course the way the story and themes have evolved and reinforced themselves over time. We do publish filmmaking-centered material here from time to time but always with a contemporary or even forward-looking framing; I tend to think that there isn’t much left to be said about the original films beyond their relationship with the newer ones so that’s what I’m most interested in covering.
By the way, Abby Dillon said you made a particularly good Lando and I’m sorry I missed it.
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