“May the Force be with you.” With these iconic words, first stated in 1977, a new franchise began: the Star Wars universe. We as fans celebrate the achievements and impact that such a franchise has on the modern day, with the recent international Star Wars Day and the upcoming movie Solo: A Star Wars Story being released at the end of May.
According to the Consequence of Sound website, George Lucas, the creator and prophet (in a sense) of Star Wars, said the series was almost a bust with the original release, as it only showed in 35 select theatres.
According to the Consequence of Sound website, in the book Blockbuster, Lucas said, “The only reason (Star Wars) got off the ground was that Alan (Ladd) liked American Graffiti and said, ‘I don’t understand this movie, I don’t get it at all, but I think you’re a talented guy and I want you to make it.’ Star Wars wouldn’t get made today. It barely got made then.”
With fear and a fairly small budget, Lucas and his production team went forward with the project. Many problems arose during all stages of production, and what came out was the iconic film we love and cherish today.
“We all said, ‘(…) this is really something,’ and nobody really had the vision but George,” said Mike Minkler, then a Dolby executive who viewed the original screening, according to the Consequence of Sound.
Now, after over 40 years of impact, the saga still runs strong. Eight movies added to the original timeline with two more announced. Countless pieces of fan art, books, videos, TV shows, memes and more have the title of Star Wars to uphold.
“Star Wars is the first myth we all embraced as a global culture,” wrote Chris Taylor, author of How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, according to the official Star Wars website. He also shared how Star Wars is the next Red Riding Hood, lasting hundreds if not thousands of years.
So, why am I sharing the origins of Star Wars? The beginnings of the film-turned-franchise can be closely related to students on the BYU-Idaho campus.
Such as the vision and dream that was Star Wars from George Lucas, we students come to this campus with a goal and a vision that only we can see. We share these ideas with our professors and counselors who can help us achieve our goals and find our full potential in our youth. Darth Vader put it plainly in the original Star Wars film: “When I left you, I was but a learner; now I am the master.” Hopefully, we don’t end up as Darth Vader, who, as Ben Kenobi said, was “only a master of evil,” but we’re on sacred grounds, so I think we’re fine.
BYU-I students understand mostly what they are here to do. We continually create new paths and find new secrets on a daily basis. We understand our potential and act upon those newly-discovered tactics and moves to make with our future superiors.
The younglings were taught how to use their connection with the Force and learn through the endless power of said Force to become our best; we are taught how to use the knowledge and experience we have earned through our lives.
Personally, Star Wars was one of the biggest parts of my childhood and because of it, I know what I can become and the potential I have. Those younglings from the Jedi Temple, who were just beginning to understand the power they held are just like us; we are now understanding and grasping the reality of life and how it is about to hit us in the face.
As we continue to train, learn, teach and share, I can say that we will go up the ranks, from the younglings to the Jedi Masters the world needs us to be.