Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (YouTube Version)




Clint Eastwood as The Man with No Name. Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes. Eli Wallach as Tuco. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Could any or all of these three actors/characters be the ancestor of Boba Fett? Jango Fett? Han Solo?! In this episode of Digging Star Wars with guest star Phil Congleton, we compare Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – complete with the iconic score of Ennio Morricone – to George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – The Empire Strikes Back starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill,  Carrie Fisher and Jeremy Bulloch (aka Jeremy Bullock) as Boba Fett. We think even John Williams may have lifted a thing or two from Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo. Listen in to this YouTube entry of our our final episode of 2011.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hoth-y Holidays!

Wishing all our listeners Hoth-y Holidays. Stay tuned for our December episode. We'll try and sneak it in before 2011's over! Peace!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fort Apache




Seems only fitting that as we wrap up Thanksgiving Weekend, Digging Star Wars explores Fort Apache, a John Ford classic western that explores the relationship between Native Americans and frontier people.
Fort Apache was one of the few films referenced in both The Magic of Myth Smithsonian exhibit and book as an important inspiration to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
Thanks to our first female guest Stephanie Frederick and musician/composer GarthIvan for lending tracks from his latest EP The Cambodia Sessions. For more on GarthIvan, please visit his website and be sure to look GarthIvan’s The Cambodia Sessions on iTunes!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TIE Fighter in CE3K


Brian, one of our listeners, sent me this really cool photo of the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Mothership at the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Annex at Washington Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. Brian went there after listening to our  Close Encounters  episode and snapped this picture which reveals a TIE fighter docked on the Mothership. Can you find the TIE fighter?


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Made To Suffer



After a long run on both Atom Films (now "Atom - Comedy Central Originals") and Starwars.com, MADE TO SUFFER - my 2004 Star Wars Fan Film - is in need of a new home. This less-than-a-minute experimental film was a 2004 Official Star Wars Fan Film Festival Finalist. Translation: LucasFilm selected this film out of hundred of entries, George Lucas watched my movie and it was screened at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA. MADE TO SUFFER is crafted in the style of George Lucas' experimental college films and explores the binary connections between C-3PO and his creator Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Nosferatu




Digging Star Wars turns one year old this Halloween! To celebrate, we’re taking a stab at F. W. Marnau’s Nosferatu (1922) and its connections to Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). This episode guest stars writer/director/stand-up comic Michael Gleason and also features the music of GeoCentric!
For more from Michael Gleason, visit his website at www.michaelgleason.net

….and here’s a listing of GeoCentric’s music we used in this episode: I Robot , Shaft, Darkness Dreaming (from GeoCentric 2); Once in a Lifetime, Somber Reptiles, Montags Books (from GeoCentric 3); Cardial Montra and Guantarameta (from GeoCentric 5). All these tracks are available online at www.georgewolstenholme.com


Special thanks to Michael Gleason, GeoCentric, and Phil Congleton for their contributions to this episode.
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Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Close Encounters of the Third Kind




Here it is: our first episode recorded on location in Los Angeles, CA with composer/cinematographer/producer/the list goes on and on…
Mr.  W. Scott Prestwood.
Please listen in for fun insights on the significance of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and its connections with George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Special thanks to Scott for not only being our guest, but allowing us to record in his studio, providing all the fine music in this episode and completing the final mix.
Two corrections to note:
In this episode, I incorrectly referenced Jaws being shot on location in Nantucket. I meant to say Martha’s Vineyard. I’m sure the folks on Martha's Vineyard that had to put up the shenanigans of Spielberg and his crew would want credit for doing so.
Secondly, I said the release date of the original Nosferatu is 1928. Actually, it is 1922. Must have been the jet lag talking. At any rate, hope you can overlook these two errors and enjoy DSW episode #10!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Blade Runner Tour in L.A.

Hey, remember in the "Blade Runner/Phantom Menace" Digging Star Wars episode how I mentioned touring the actual locations of films can be a lot of fun and a great way to get outdoors? Well, I found myself in L.A. this past weekend to record our next episode of DSW and made time to tour multiple locations used in "Blade Runner"! This shot of me (poorly mimicking Harrison Ford/Deckard finding his way up to P.F. Sebastian's apartment) is taken at the Bradbury Building at 304 South Broadway in L.A. I followed the tour laid out at BladeZone and it was fantastic. However, instead of taxi-ing about town, my friends and I used the metro from Union Station (another BR film location), a car or two, and hoofed it on foot. It was a great day filled with a lot of fun and exercise. I highly recommend the tour! One of the guys on the tour was our next guest on DSW - so, stay tuned for our next audio installment!

p.s. The Bradbury (pictured above) was also used as a location for "Demon with a Glass Hand" - the  "Outer Limits" episode talked about in the DSW Season One finale, "The Terminator".

THIS JUST IN:
To see a recap of the Digging Star Wars Blade Runner tour of L.A., check out my video entry in American Airlines' "Love the Journey" contest at the link below. Once you're there, click VIEW GALLERY, then look AND VOTE for the GOLDFISH VIDEO by yours truly.


Thanks in advance for your continued DSW support!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blade Runner



Season Two kicks off with a look at Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and its connections to the 1982 future noir classic Blade Runner. This DSW episode also features original music from Peter Fey and a unique analysis of nature within both films. An ‘off-world colony’ shout out to Patty Koller, Peter Fey, Stephanie Frederick, Garth Linscott and Phil Congleton for their contributions to this episode! Thank you for all your help and support!

Worlds not-so-far apart... from Star Wars & Blade Runner.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Ultimate Digging Star Wars Season 1 Playlist



Check out this DSW Season One playlist - complete with trailers of the classic films, teasers of the Clone Wars movie and first 3 seasons, and the EPIC EDITION of our Lawrence of Arabia episode. Half a business day's audio accompaniment awaits you! Listen in...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Terminator




DSW Listeners asked for a longer episode…so, here it is: our Digging Star Wars Season One finale – super-sized to a full 53 minutes! Listen in as your humble host Chris Mich and Cinematographer/Storyboard Artist David P. Ramos chat about the multiple layers of inspiration and coincidence between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, James Cameron’s The Terminator and The Outer Limits…with rocking musical accompaniment by W. Scott Prestwood and Paul Oehlers!
To learn more about Dave and his work, visit his website at www.lastof7.com.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Phil Meets The Movies promotes Digging Star Wars

A huge shout-out to my good friend Phil Congleton who created a "Digging Star Wars" cross-channel promotion - featured smack-dab in the middle of Phil Meets The Movies: Episode 2: Roller Girls, Roller Girls, Roller Girls. Thanks, Phil!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

House Made of Dawn




Hope you enjoy this exploration of The Mortis Trilogy from the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its connection to N. Scott Momaday's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawn

Special Thanks to Doctor Carla Verderame, Peter Fey, Phil Congleton, and our faithful listeners!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Cool Drawing from our latest guest Josh Taback!

Josh was kind enough to sketch up yours truly in full Digging Star Wars glory. Thanks, Josh!

Be sure to check out Josh on our last DSW episode ~ Review: The Clone Wars.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Review: The Clone Wars






Special thanks to our guest Simpsons/Family Guy animator Joshua Taback and our returning audio editor Peter Fey!


Josh's Blog and Portfolio can be found at www.joshuataback.com. If you want to follow his blog you can put it into your RSS reader.


Pictured with this post: a still from the anime series Robotech featuring the character Roy Fokker (mentioned in this episode). For those interested in learning more about Robotech, visit Robotech.com

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lawrence of Arabia










Special thanks to our guest and audio editor, Mr. Peter Fey. Please check out Peter’s current episode of his SoundTracks podcast at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCu-weF_MG8
Another special thanks to Phil Congleton for his sound recording talents. Search “Phil Meets The Movies” on Facebook for more movie magic!
Finally, I’d like to dedicate this episode to the memory of Howard Mich, 1940-2011. He was a wonderful father, friend and film aficionado who introduced me to the works of David Lean, among many other cinematic greats. I miss him.
“Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so never more shall we see you again.”

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Enter The Dragon



Special thanks to Phil Congleton - our first guest and "guest" audio editor!

Questions to consider and discuss per this podcast:
  • Did Bruce Lee successfully shatter the film caricatures/stereotypes of Asian-Americans or, perhaps unintentionally, create a new stereotype?
  • Are the supporting characters in this film simply "borrowed stock characters" from other film genres, such as Blaxploitation and Mob movies?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Metropolis



 

Question to consider per this podcast:
Does C-3PO or any other Star Wars character represent the gay community in any way - good or bad?