http://www.starwars.com/episode-ii/f...115/index.html (it's an ep 2 story, so small spoilers in it)
Ok, this interview kinda made me burst a blood vessel in my brain because of how frustrating these statements in it were.
It's titled "George Lucas Interview - The Story Comes First" and all I can think is "how does Jar Jar stepping in crap or getting farted on or losing the gungan battle fit into 'the story'?!?".
Then there's this comment by Lucas:Right, so the Ewoks and Jar Jar weren't pandering to little kids. And if the "story is what the story is", then why did Obi-Wan's part in Ep 1 get turned into this whole new character, Qui-Gon Jinn, only during preproduction? Later, Lucas kinda backs up that action with some other comments, but really, that is a fundamental change.So the story comes first. And I can't really play it to an audience. I mean the story is what the story is.
There's one part where Lucas talks about how much he likes editing, and he thinks that's where the movie comes together for him as a film. For me, Ep 1's weakest point was its editing, so I cannot fathom how Lucas feels he succeeded there when he had to have someone else come in and re-edit the last sequence of the movie.
I dunno, there's more that makes me tear out my hair when I read it, it's like Lucas is totally deluding himself on some things where he says "if you have one bad idea in a film, it really does suck up a lot of your good ideas", the flaw being that he didn't recognize the bad ideas in Ep 1 eating the good ones yet he knows they would, but those above really stick with me. Reading this interview is like being kicked in the head by a very old mule. I hope for Ep 2, Lucas does follow his words there, but I'm still frustrated with Ep 1 because I don't think the story came first.