Today sees the release of the Complete Season 1 box set on Blu-ray and DVD of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (in the UK) and what better way to continue our Clone Wars themed week but with an interview with our good friend Dave Filoni.
I was lucky enough to catch up with Dave at Fan Days III in October (thanks to Michel at MintInBox.net for the photo) and we had a lot to talk about – including Football (US and UK) and of course Star Wars. Prior to my trip, I was asked by our friends at Warner Bros to send in some questions to coincide with the release of the Complete Season 1 release and Dave didn’t get to answer the questions until he got back from Fan Days. So without further ado, here goes…
JN: We last spoke in May 2008, so what have you been up to since?
DF: I’ve been working on the Clone Wars. It’s pretty much the same thing I’ve been doing every day since May 2008, except that we’re getting better and better at it.
JN: So with the film behind us and season 1 about to be released on DVD on Blu-Ray is there anything you’d change from what’s been shown and if so why?
DF: We’re constantly improving. I am so proud of everything that we did, because it was the foundation for what we’re doing now.
JN: Fans reaction to Season 1 has been amazing and it’s not just children, we adults are engrossed as well – how does it feel to have taken on George’s legacy and make it work to such a wide range of audience?
DF: Well, George is still very much involved; I don’t feel that I have taken over his legacy. I am not interested in making MY Star Wars. I just want to make Star Wars, and ultimately that comes from George. He’s always had a clear sense of the stories he wants to tell, and those stories resonate with audiences. I am lucky that he’s very much involved in the production.
JN: So with Season 2 now airing what’s been your biggest challenge?
DF: I suppose our biggest challenge has been time. We are working on feature film scale, but on a television timeline, so we are always moving, always just one step ahead of our delivery deadlines. It has forced us to be creative, and I think that’s a good thing.
JN: How’s it been working with the Bounty Hunters – Cad Bane features prominently in the first three episodes and we know that Jamie King has signed up to reprise her role as Aurra Sing?
DF: Since Greedo accosted Han in the Mos Eisley Cantina, bounty hunters have always been a part of the Star Wars universe. Originally, we weren’t going to have them in the Clone Wars, but we are having a blast now. I don’t want to give anything away, but you’re going to see some cool stuff down the line.
JN: And what of the Mandolorians – will we see a young Boba Fett in Season 2 – please put us out of our misery….?
DF: Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.
JN: How do Ahsoka, Anakin and Obi-Wan grow in Season 2?
DF: You’re going to find out things about each of them…particularly Obi-Wan. Jedi are not supposed to have attachments, but he wasn’t always a Jedi.
JN: Do we get to see a lot more of Plo Koon in Season 2 – he seems to have a calming influence on Ahsoka?
DF: George seems to think that I’d make the whole series about Plo Koon if I could. He teases me about it, because I have been outspoken about the character. But the fact is that we have stories to tell, and I need to focus on that. I am like a Jedi in that regard; I can’t have personal attachments.
JN: When will we start to see a change in the Clone Armour as we progress through the Seasons and lead up to Revenge of the Sith?
DF: The clone armour has been fun for us, because it’s allowed us to give the clones personalities – and that’s a big difference between the clone troopers in our series and the Stormtroopers of the original movies. Under the Empire, everything is black and white. There’s no individuality or identity. Under the Jedi, though, the clones are encouraged to customize and to personalize. It’s a major difference, and we plan on maintaining that throughout the series.
JN: Can you tell us one surprise from Season 2?
DF: If I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise.
JN: When we last spoke we talked about more films, do you think we’ll see another Clone Wars film in the future?
DF: Right now, we’re just focused on the TV series.
JN: How’s your collection – has it grown since we last spoke? What’s currently your favourite piece?
DF: I love Star Wars stuff, but space is limited. I keep the items I really love, but I’ve also distributed a lot of stuff to my crew.
JN: What do you do to relax?
DF: Play Ice Hockey and no my mask is not Star Wars Themed.
JN: So what did you think of Fan Days?
DF: Fan Days was a blast. I really love interacting with the fans. One of the best things about Star Wars is that it stirs up passionate feelings and intense debate. I love talking with fans, because I’m a fan myself. It’s great to take off the director hat and just talk about Star Wars.
JN: Thank you very much for your time, I know you’re one of the busiest guys at Lucasfilm and thanks for taking the time out to talk to us again.
We’re really grateful to Randel, Josh, Meagan and especially Dave for giving up their time so graciously – it’s very much appreciated.
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