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Tatooine Sons Interview With Star Wars Visions Producers James Waugh and Kanako Shirasaki

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This clip is an interview with the Executive Producer of Star Wars Visions, James Waugh, and the Producer of Star Wars Vision, Kanako Shirasaki.
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This clip is an interview with the Executive Producer of Star Wars Visions, James Waugh, and the Producer of Star Wars Vision, Kanako Shirasaki.
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to be giving our non spoiler previews of each short along with our overall thoughts on the series in just a few minutes, but before we do that we have got a couple of absolutely out of the Galaxy guests that are joining us. Let's welcome the executive producer of Star Wars visions. James wa and the producer of Star Wars visions cannot go. Shibasaki, welcome to tattooing sons. We are so excited to have you guys on here. I know you guys are doing dozens and dozens of these interviews and they're happening back to back. So rather than a lot of pleasantries, we want to honor your time and just kind of jump straight into our first question. Here you go. Sam. Uh so while service visions is a new way of looking at a galaxy far, far away through the lens of japanese animation, the influence of japanese filmmaking on Star Wars goes all the way back to its beginnings with George Lucas's um love for Akira Kurosawa. Um you know, the Jedi kiki inspiring the name of the Jedi and then the Jedi code pulling from the mosquito. Um so why do Japanese culture and Star Wars fit so well together. Uh well, I, I, you know, to your point, it is woven deeply into the fabric of the D. N. A. Of Star wars George was immensely influenced by Karasawa, but getting cocky films in general and summary dramas, concepts like buddhism uh influence the force. So I think, you know, there's something there that aligns really nicely with it. But I would also say animal has been a big influence uh at lucasfilm. Um and you know definitely looks from animation George was anonymous fan as well. Uh You see it's influences in our comics and games are live action content. Um and so in some, some ways we have been influenced by so many of the art forms coming out of Japan for so long that it is, it is such a part of our storytelling um that it it I don't think it's it's a big stretch. Yeah and vice versa. So many japanese animators and creators are heavily foreign spy Star Wars and so many people love Star Wars. So the feeling is mutual and the Episode four striking visual like did uh influenced so many young people in Japan to like who wants to be animator later or creators. So um yeah so the influence of coming like both way. Yeah. So also one of the things that so many fans love about Star Wars is that the stories are rooted in a connected universe but along with that the universe comes rules but Star Wars visions is free to take some crazy risks like a Star Wars rock opera and tattooing rhapsody adroit who wants to become a Jedi in T. O. B. One and the turn of Star Wars rabbits in lock and Oko in your opinion, what's the craziest idea that made it into visions man. Uh you know, I don't uh gosh I don't know, twins, a lightsaber cutting a star destroyer. That was awesome. I don't know how you out crazy that I'm really glad that we have a framework that allows for a Star Wars story that can do that. Yeah, I would say uh the duels like favor that running hold uh you never seen like stored like favorite into discover. So that is something very unique coming out from the creators vision. So you can't tell a Star Wars story without um you know, you've got Princess Leia in the original trilogy and she's constantly talking about hope that found it so itself into row one, you've got that with Anakin as a little boy, he's got hope that he can, you know, go into the stars um and and become a jet. I and we see that again. And also with you know, Ray a scavenger and in the sequel trilogy and everything else is along with it for you guys, How does Star Wars inspire hope? Well, I think Star Wars is ultimately, it tells me think stories the tale that tells kind of like basic fables that inspire, I think all of us to be our better selves or to show us the consequences of greed or anger or hatred. Um and you know, all those the stuff that leads to the dark side, that's the easier path. Uh so I think it inspires vice by teaching through storytelling, but I also think, you know, the two Sons moment with luke, Skywalker's is fundamental to Star Wars as um it gets it all through cinematic language of, you know, for a better world is ultimately what that is. Whether it's leaving the rock and leaving actually and going into the galaxy, but really what it is going to make a difference and I mean that's what Star Wars is. Mhm. Yeah, and also there's lots of our stories are featuring like uh The Hearers NPR is or the Nameless Hero influence helping others. Uh uh I'm reaching out their hands to someone in need and can see lots of stories like that in south West asians too. So that's also very universal. Um I think that's awesome. Well, thank you guys so much for letting us be a part of this. We're super excited about Star Wars visions and we loved what we've seen so far. I hope we get to see more of it in the future. So thanks everybody
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