Star Wars: stick a fork in it.

Tim Byars (
Sat, 22 May 1999 21:19:24 -0700

>More important, there's the main point: the rule of the bit. Now, a
>filmmaker has a story, and he also has bits of business. Think of the
>story as a cardboard grid, the kind you find dividing up a box of Xmas
>ornaments, which are the bits. George Lucas and his friends have spent
>years dreaming up hundreds of ingenious special-effects-laden bits:
>Long-tongued Jamaican Duckman swipes dead frog; gigantic bizarre fish is
>swallowed by even more gigantic bizarre fish; exotic chariots, I mean
>rocket buggies, race to the death.
>When the fearsome hour of editing arrives, the guys and gals with the
>scissors discover they've got 408 minutes of bits and, though they've made
>the cardboard as thin as they can, a full 12 minutes of story.
>Regrettably, some of the bits and most of the story must drift to the
>cutting-room floor. The chosen bits, often unwieldy and unrelated but too
>expensive to discard, are artfully strewn atop the remainder of the story
>cubicles while George stuffs his feet into his heaviest pair of lumberjack
>boots, then stomps repeatedly upon the grid until all the sturdy bits are
>squeezed snugly in place. Voil=E0 -- a movie.



I got two turntables and a G3 PowerBook.

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