This week on the Neverland podcast, Jeremy Shields and Eric Warren plays the second part of their interview with W.R. Miller about The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook. They’re offering a free copy with a contest.
Jeremy says, “Eric and I want to give you a copy of his book! Share this episode by tweeting, retweeting or posting to Facebook. Mark it #NeverlandGiveaway and tag it back to us @NeverlandPCast. Take a screenshot of it! Write us a review on iTunes and take a screen shot! You’ll receive one entry for each screen shot for a maximum of 2 entries. Email those shots to email@example.com with the subject neverlandgiveaway. We’ll announce a winner next week!
“Before we share the second part of this conversation, make sure you’ve heard part one last week. We’ve also got lots of Disney news and fun plus a look at the new Spider-Man PS4 exclusive game!”
Listen to it here:
Thanks, Eric and Jeremy, for the promotion!
What is it like to be a voiceover actor?
The Animated Voice, Volume One, is now available, and you can get it at Amazon.com here.
It features my interviews with Keith Scott, Will Ryan, Pete Docter, Mark Evanier, Katie Leigh and the voice of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Marty Grabstein, plus, an ASIFA-Hollywood interview with Dallas McKinnon by Will Ryan and interviews with writer/producer/actor Phil Lollar by Trenton Larkin and J.D. Sutton. David McDonnell, editor of Starlog, provided the Foreword.
If you’re interested in voiceover acting, either as a fan, a scholar or participant, this book is for you. Future volumes will feature interviews with voice director Andrea Romano, Arnold Stang, Carlos Saldanha, Frank Welker, June Foray, Jeff Bergman, Brad Bird and the cast of Dragon Ball Super.
For more details see my Books page.
To make the Star Wars Historical Sourcebook as comprehensive as possible, I contacted international libraries for their materials, either by personal visits, or by enlisting local researchers, or by inquiries via email. I wish to acknowledge help from the following international libraries. Individual librarians are named in the Sourcebook itself:
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien, Austria
Information Services, National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A., Australia
Australian Film Institute Research Collection, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Inc., Victoria, Australia
Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België – Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Kranten & Hedendaagse Media – Journaux & Médias Contemporains, Bruxelles/Brussels, Belgium
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
University of Alberta Libraries – BARD, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Newfoundland & Labrador Collection, Provincial Resource Library, Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, NL, Canada
Direction de la Collection nationale et des collections patrimoniales, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), Division Document-delivery, The Hague
Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington City Libraries, Wellington, New Zealand
United Kingdom / England
Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK
Blackpool Central Library, Blackpool, England
Library and Information Service, Leeds City Council, Leeds, England
The British Library, London, England
British National Newspaper Library, Colindale (The British Newspaper Library at Colindale closed November 8, 2013. The contents were moved to remote storage at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. As of March 2014, papers could be delivered and accessed at St. Pancras in London.)
British Film Institute, BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank, South Bank, London
Community Heritage, Harris Library, Market Square, Lancashire, England
Central Library, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, England
United Kingdom / Scotland
Reference Services, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Now online! Richard and Sarah Woloski interview me on the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast, Episode #220! Click here.
Last week I was interviewed by Richard and Sarah Woloski for Episode 220 of their podcast, Skywalking Through Neverland. They are a delightful couple who are really knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, about Star Wars and Disneyana. Tune in tomorrow, August 6, to learn about the making of The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, some behind-the-scenes Star Wars anecdotes, and an opportunity to win a copy of the book. Check out Skywalking Through Neverland here.
First major review!
Dennis Pellegrom has reviewed The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook at his website, starwarsawakens.nl, here.
It is written in Dutch, so those not versed in Dutch may have to use Google’s translator or other means of translation.
Full disclosure: Dennis graciously allowed quotations from his interviews with Anthony Forrest, Paul Huston and Paul Blake in this volume. Thank you, Dennis!
The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook includes links to online videos at YouTube and Vimeo, so fans can see for themselves a visual source of information. Here’s a clip of Mark Hamill guesting on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on November 29, 1977, sharing a story in which Sir Alec Guinness plays a prank on Jack Purvis, who played the Chief Jawa in Star Wars:
When dealers and exhibitors come to conventions, they try all kinds of innovative ways to attract potential customers. Here, at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Neopets was promoting their School of Dragons game. On Saturday, July 21, their booth featured a green screen where people could wear Viking attire, have their photograph taken, and the shot would be composited with their How to Train Your Dragon background. Key in your email address, and the image is transmitted to one’s home computer or app. This is the result with me:
Somehow, I don’t think hammering a dragon is a good method of training them.
But Neopets’ promotional strategy worked. Here I am posting about it.
Greetings, Star Wars fans!
If you’re curious about the content of The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, here are some sample pages from the year 1976.
From these you can see the format of the book. Citations are arranged in chronological order. Quotes are provided from the cast and crew during production. Other citations come from articles about Star Wars. Sometimes I cross-reference when a writer or speaker mentions an earlier or later article, or event. Footnotes provide other details, referencing an actor or technician’s career, or when they die. Links to online videos are provided as well.
These are just sample pages. Don’t worry about the watermark. It’s not in the book.