#pleaseread; I wrote a script but not one movie studio liked it. They said nobody liked science fiction. They said it was for children.
I finally found a producer who said he'd finance it, but even he didn't like the story. He just did it because he wanted me to make other movies for him in the future. I had to agree to a budget that was far too low.
Then I agreed to a 300% cut of my salary because I believed in the story. From the start, the film seemed destined for failure. There were no visual effects artists in Hollywood, so I had to build an entire VFX studio. We suffered from malfunctioning electronics, broken props & crew injuries.
A week into filming, the entire set was devastated by a massive rain storm. We had no money, so we found & reused props & costumes from other movies. I had to scramble everyday to get the shots I wanted because the whole crew refused to work overtime. They hated what we were filming & nearly every actor involved was convinced that it'd be a complete failure.
But, I stuck to my vision, fought to get it on-screen.For the opening credits to stay the way I wanted, I had to pay a fine & resign from Directors' Guild. The risk of failure grew bigger everyday. I was close to having a nervous breakdown. I was an introvert, had difficulty expressing myself, so nobody could see the scale of my vision.
I hated the first version of the movie, because it wasn't living my original version. So I delayed its release to work on it more, which caused the budget to swell 40%. The star of the film was in a car accident, so doing any re-shoots was impossible. The studio didn't know how to market my movie so they barely even tried. The film premiered in only 35 theatres on May 25, which was a worst day of the year to open a movie.
Word spread like wildfire that this was an extraordinary movie. Everybody had to see it. Everybody did.
StarWars became the biggest box office winner of its time. Spawned a franchise that generated billions of dollars & changed the movie business forever. It's earned $27bn worldwide.
Always remember your focus determines your reality...George Lucas.
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