ESPN Presents Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Battle

ESPN Presents Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Battle

April 16, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Behind-The-Scenes Stage - W304, 3rd Floor

ESPN’s SC Featured examines the connection between sports and the iconic lightsaber duels: from fencing and samurai swordplay in the original films through the transition to an increased focus on martial arts and the sport of kendo. Using classic Star Wars scenes and extremely rare behind-the-scenes footage from the Lucasfilm archive, this documentary looks at the athleticism behind the choreography and training utilized in the execution of the lightsaber battles. 



The documentary, which previously aired on ESPN ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is hosted by Mark Hamill and includes interviews with actors John Boyega, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park,  JJ Abrams, historian J.W. Rinzler, trainers Nick Gillard and Paul Vincent, and members of the United States and Japanese national Kendo teams. On stage will be Executive Producer Craig Lazarus, Producer Ben Houser, Director Martin Khodabakhshian, and Editor Mike Sciallis to discuss the experience of making the program, to answer questions from the audience and to share previously un-aired footage from the special. 


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