The Guardian newspaper is running a film-mkaing masterclass in Edinburgh on 24-25 March 2012 with Gary Kurtz and former vice president of 20th Century Fox International Sandy Lieberson. From the course description:
A weekend for fans of Star Wars and sci-fi. We will examine how a film rejected by most of the major studios was put into production by 20th Century Fox and went on to became one of the most iconic films in the history of cinema.
Star Wars was released in 1977 by 20th Century Fox and became one of the most successful and universally adored films of all time. But what is it that made Star Wars such a successful and exhilarating cinematic experience? Was it down to the film's groundbreaking visual effects? Perhaps the age-old story of good versus evil captured the imagination of its global audience? What role did marketing and merchandising play in influencing its reception?
Now, over a weekend, Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and American Graffiti,) and former vice president of 20th Century Fox International Sandy Lieberson (producer credits include Performance and Rita, Sue and Bob Too) are offering Star Wars fans the opportunity to find out what really went on behind the scenes of this iconic feature film.
Through a series of interactive seminars during which there will be regular opportunities for Q&A, Gary and Sandy will offer first-hand insights into the development, production and marketing that made this film a defining moment in the history of cinema. Particular areas of focus will be:
- The film's origins and inspirations
- Visual and audio development
- Special effects
- Pre- and post-production
In addition, Gary and Sandy will explore how Star Wars emerged from the mist of 1970s American new wave cinema while offering an expert point of view on the film's enduring legacy.
During the weekend there will be breaks when participants will have the opportunity to talk directly with Gary and Sandy as well as with each other. Be part of an in-depth Star Wars weekend.
The course is £99.