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Note Tag George Lucas

Using Campbell in Scientific Storytelling

Oxford PhD student, Josh Ettinger cites Joseph Campbell and his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, as powerful resources for storytelling within the sciences. In an article for Nature.com, Ettinger states, “When scientists describe their research to audiences outside…

Star Wars and The Hero With a Thousand Faces

“It’s no secret that Star Wars director George Lucas was profoundly influenced by comparative mythologist and literature professor Joseph Campbell and his seminal work The Hero With A Thousand Faces (1949). In case you don’t know what that book contains, here’s a very brief summary of…

‘The Mandalorian’ Has Many Talking Campbell

Disney’s new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, has many analyzing the show and bringing up one of Star Wars creator George Lucas’s key sources in creating the original films — Joseph Campbell. Jon Favreau, creator of  The Mandalorian, has been…

Luke, a Modern Odysseus

Steve Persall writes for the Center for Story and Symbol about the Star Wars saga and Luke Skywalker, a mythical character that resonates with us all. Not long before the premiere of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Persall talks about the…

A Mythical Saga

Colin Marshall writes for Open Culture about the Star Wars saga, its’ critics and the importance of the mythic journey. The article explain that though some may say that the films fall into cliches or implausibilities, George Lucas and Joseph…

Profile: George Lucas

PBS SoCal published a profile on George Lucas, writer and director of the Star Wars Saga. Amongst his many influences is the mythologist Joseph Campbell. His work, including the books The Hero of a Thousand Faces and The Hero’s Journey, inspired…

Are You Monomythic?

Craig Batty, senior lecturer in screenwriting at RMIT University, writes about Joseph Campbell’s work (The Hero of a Thousand Faces and The Hero’s Journey) and how it influences the storytelling in some of people’s favorite films. A great resource for…

A Forceful Influence

In this article for San Francisco Magazine, Andrew Nelson talks about how Joseph Campbell and his work have inspired many around the world, making him a hero, a guru and a… master Jedi? That’s how it must have felt for George…

Lucas Pays Tribute to Campbell

With the recent establishment of Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair of Cinema Ethics at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, George Lucas has yet again praised Joseph Campbell for the inspiration he gave to the creation of Star Wars. If not…

USC Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair

In current events, the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair at the USC School of Cinematic Arts has been given to Ted Braun, an associate professor in the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen and Television. Read the full article here.

Creating the Star Wars Mythos

In this piece, Indie Film Hustle elaborates more on the influence Campbell played in the creation of the Star Wars mythos. If not for Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, the world would likely have missed out not only on the original…

Campbell… and Campbell’s Soup?

In wake of the new Star Wars franchise, a plethora of merchandise is being released on a global level. In this line of Star Wars themed merchandise is… Star Wars themed Campbell’s soup. The significance of the extent to which…

Two Heroes Meet

In this 2 part article by Lucas Seastrom for Starwars.com, we learn how George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars Saga, met his own personal hero, Joseph Campbell. When looking outwards, to a galaxy far far away, these two masters…

Remembering Joseph Campbell

Joseph Berger writes for the New York Times about Joseph Campbell and his life. “He freed the boundaries of my mind. He could travel across centuries, he could travel across continents. He made us think differently.” – Nancy Sureck, Former Student of Joseph…

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