Autographed by Steve Sansweet (Ex-LucasFilm) Apr 2011
Look at the state of that inside cover!
"Let's do the Crawl"
The famous 'crawl' - depicted here, doesn't really become any more exciting when crudely drawn in felt-tip pen does it?
My son who also loves Star Wars (he was 4 in 2010), watches the opening crawl with mounting boredom, irritation and finally anguished tears.
"Oh, oh... here it comes!" he says, as one crawling paragraph drags to a finish.
Then another begins, "Ohhhhh! No, not more!" he groans.
I've grown accustomed to skipping it.
Legend has it that George's original intention was that his Sci-Fi film would be a homage to - or even a remake of the Flash Gordon serials he'd watched in the cinema every Saturday as a boy. The scrolling crawl would seem to be directly taken from those 1940s films.
I'm pretty sure that there's no hyphenation on the crawl in the film. But then, being professionals, I expect the crawl people actually planned out the flow of the text.
You know, planned it.
Now I suppose I COULD HAVE lightly sketched it in, in 4H pencil, got it right, marked-in horizontal lines with a ruler, then carefully felt-tipped-in the text and rubbed out the pencil once the felt-tip was dry...
But: nahh. Too much effort! Get the "writing" done, and then it's "space-ship time. Whoo-hoo!"
Meeting Steve Sansweet - 2011
What a nice man he is! you can read more here >