My Journey Far, Far Away

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Jason, hiking Y-Mountain in his current home state of Utah.

I can't remember the first time I saw Star Wars. I remember being scared by Jawas, and I have a distinct memory of hearing Yoda say, "You will be...you will be," which also freaked me out. At the time, I didn't know what Star Wars was, and it wasn't until I was 6 or 7 that I finally saw the second half of Return of the Jedi at my friends house. A year or so later, my parents bought the trilogy. I immediately re-watched Return of the Jedi, and it was even better than I remembered (who doesn't love the Sail Barge scene). Jedi still remains my favorite of the six films.

Star Wars has remained a huge part of my life. It is the reason I got into storytelling and filmmaking. When I was 14, I wrote, produced, and directed my first Star Wars fan film. To this day it embarrasses me, but it was a big step forward in my progression as a storyteller.

In recent years I have tried to become a more active part of the Star Wars community. I made an effort to connect with other fans on Twitter, and began to make my voice heard.

Then there was the announcement of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, complete with new movies and spin-off films. That single announcement jumpstarted my fandom once again. I made new friends who were also huge Star Wars fans like myself (sup Devin, Aaron, and Thomas). This is a good time to be a fan.

When I was approached about possibly participating in Far, Far Away Radio, I couldn't wait to get started. Star Wars is a community. It's an environment that fosters new friendships and allows us to give back. I hope to have that opportunity on this podcast. Thanks to Austin and Andrew for giving me the opportunity.

Far, Far Away Radio is a speculative podcast. Although I'm not trying to brag, I think it's worth mentioning that I have an excellent track record when it comes to predicting things. The trick is to combine what fans would like to see, with corporate interests. Understand the relationship between the business and the fans, and you'll have a good idea of what we get in the future. Here are some of the things I predicted.

  1. After Man of Steel came out, I knew they shouldn't use the exact same model as Marvel did with the Avengers. I predicted that the next film should be a Batman/Superman film because that would start the shared universe but keep it manageable in scale.
  2. I predicted that Warner Brothers would either reboot the Harry Potter franchise, or they would make a spin-off in the same universe. I also distinctly remember telling my friend that if the folks at WB were smart, they would get J. K. Rowling to write the script. Well, that's precisely what is happened.
  3. When Bungie stopped making Halo games and that responsibility fell on 343 Studios (who had never developed a game before) I thought it would be a good idea for them to remake the original game with better graphics, then move on to Halo 4. Making an anniversary game would help them become familiar with what makes a Halo game great. That's exactly how it happened, and I know of few people who were disappointed with either game.
  4. I also predicted, despite what George Lucas had previously said, that we would get more Star Wars films. I didn't, however, think we'd be getting them this soon. I was giving it an extra 10 years or so.

So let's take ourselves to a galaxy far, far away, and let the speculation begin!