Talking Bay 94

By Super Kaiju

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Super Kaiju presents TALKING BAY 94: the first Star Wars podcast solely devoted to interviews with the cast, crew and creators from a galaxy far, far away. Join host Brandon Wainerdi (editor-in-chief and huge DVD special feature dork), for a weekly deep dive into some never-before-heard stories from the set and Skywalker Ranch. From background aliens to some of the biggest stars in the universe, TB94 will be trying to talk to them all, every Wednesday. (And if someone has George Lucas’ cell phone number, please pass it along.)

Episode Date
Episode 13 (Gary Whitta)
40:16

Today we are talking to one of the most prolific contributors to the saga we love: Gary Whitta. Responsible for crafting the story for Rogue One, as well as numerous Star Wars: Rebels episodes, we really talk about everything he's worked on.

From his short story in From a Certain Point of View to his latest project, transforming The Last Jedi into a series for Marvel Comics, Mr. Whitta tells some incredible tales and gives some fantastic insight into the process of actually writing for Lucasfilm.

For more information about his latest projects (and I'm sure any updates for The Last Starfighter remake we discussed), check out his website: www.garywhitta.com

You can also follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/garywhitta

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Aug 08, 2018
Episode 12 (Mark Austin)
29:14

In today's episode of Talking Bay 94, we're talking to one of the visitors to the actual Docking Bay 94: Mark Austin, who donned the infamous Mandalorian armor for A New Hope: Special Edition.

We start at the very beginning: talking about how playing Boba Fett is a dream come true, as well as how he got his start at Industrial Light & Magic. From the day of filming to his thoughts on the rumored spin-off movie, we really had a great time talking with him.

If you want to follow Mr. Austin on social media, check him out at Instagram.com/BobaFettANHSE or Twitter.com/BobaFettANHSE

And if you want to watch the "No Disentigrations" series we discussed, check it out on the Boba Fett Fan Club: NoDisintegrations.TV

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

Aug 01, 2018
Episode 11 (Timothy Zahn)
26:39

In this very special episode, live from San Diego Comic Con, we are continuing our series focusing on the writers of the saga, by talking to the greatest one of all time: Timothy Zahn, the incredible author behind the seminal Thrawn Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Thrawn: Alliances. 

We, of course, start at the very beginning, detailing his influences and his first interaction with Lucasfilm. From his initial creation of the Chiss villain to his reaction to his reintroduction into canon, you will not want to miss this conversation. We even dive into his dream projects for the saga, which legitimately gave me goosebumps.

Mr. Zahn will be appearing at Interabang Books in Dallas, Texas tomorrow (7/23/18) at 7PM. For more information about the signing, check out Interabang's website: www.InterabangBooks.com/event/thrawn-alliances-star-wars

For more information and updates about the rest of Mr. Zahn's tour schedule, promoting Thrawn: Allainces (including stops in Denver, Salt Lake City and Portland), check out the notes section on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TimothyZahn/

We would like to thank Tom from Interabang Books for helping set this up, as well as David from Random House for making it happen. It was legitimately a dream come true.

Thanks for tuning in and, until next time, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

Jul 22, 2018
Episode 10 (Alan Dean Foster)
24:53

In this episode we are kicking off our series focusing on the writers of the saga, by talking to Alan Dean Foster, the prolific author behind the very first Star Wars novel, as well as its classic follow-up, Splinter of the Mind's Eye.

We go through his entire career, from first getting chosen to work on the earliest Expanded Universe works to returning to both the prequel and sequel trilogies. We even dive a little bit into one of his most-heralded works: the novelization for Alien.

For more information and updates about Mr. Foster's latest projects and books, as well as the Episode 9 treatment we discussed, visit: AlanDeanFoster.com.

This week, we are heading to San Diego Comic Con, so be on the lookout for quick interviews from the floor, as well as some exciting scheduled opportunities that we can't wait to share.

Thanks for tuning in and, until next time, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

Jul 18, 2018
Episode 9 (Garrick Hagon)
08:16

We wanted to release a fun bonus episode today, featuring our quick interview with a true Star Wars legend: Garrick Hagon. Playing Biggs Darklighter in the original movie, Mr. Hagon talks all about the famous Tunisia set, as well his first impressions of George Lucas and the Star Wars universe.

Also included in our conversation: his first time working with Sir Alex Guinness, as well as the camaraderie and friendships forged on the set of a galaxy far, far away.

For more information and updates about Mr. Hagon's next appearances, check out GalacticProductionsEvents.com or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GalacticProds/

Galactic Productions will also be bringing Prune Face himself, Hugh Spigt (as well as Power Rangers alums Barbara Goodson and David Fielding) to Madness Comics in Plano, TX on Thursday, July 19 from 6:00-8:00PM. Definitely come out and grab an autograph and a picture from a Gamorrean Guard!

And, as mentioned at the end of the episode, we want to extend a very special thanks to Zachery McGinnis for helping put this interview together for us! It is much appreciated and, as evident in the episode, a real dream come true for me. (It's Biggs!)

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

Jul 15, 2018
Episode 8 (Dave and Lou Elsey)
01:14:51

In this episode we are talking to Dave and Lou Elsey, the makeup effects team behind Revenge of the Sith, whose work was nominated for an Academy Award.

The Elsey's talk about everything: from meeting Rick Baker to their early work on Farscape to, of course, getting the call from Rick McCallum to work on Episode 3. We go through it all: Palpatine's transformation, Anakin's burns and the reintroduction of Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. We even get into the (in)famous Hyperspace Webcam and their Obi-Wan Kenobi mannequin.

For more information and updates about their latest project starring Rick Baker, with previous guest Don Bies, check out their website: KeeptheGaslightBurning.com.

And if you want to see some great gallery images of their incredible work, as well, head on over to their website, IgorStudios.com, for more.

Thanks for tuning in and, until next Wednesday, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

Jul 11, 2018
Episode 7 (Toby Philpott)
45:53

In this episode we are talking to Toby Philpott, one of the puppeteers for Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.

Mr. Philpott is full of incredible stories from Elstree Studios, including working with the rest of the Jabba team, as well as Carrie Fisher, Richard Marquand and more. From his early days working literally under Jim Henson’s wing to later work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Labyrinth and Little Shop of Horrors, we really dive into his fascinating career.  

For more information and updates about Mr. Philpott's upcoming appearances, check out his website (https://sites.google.com/site/jabbahutt2/home) or follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/tobyjabba).

Thanks for tuning in and, until next Wednesday, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Jun 27, 2018
Episode 6 (J.W. Rinzler)
44:36

Today's episode features a conversation with the great J.W. Rinzler, the author of countless Star Wars behind-the-scenes books (my favorites) and one of the key voices for the galaxy for a long, long time. 

We talk all about his start at Lucasfilm, working with Rick McCallum and (very closely) George Lucas. We also dive into George's later focuses and the importance of the prequels and Brandon reveals his 1999 Halloween costume. 

The Enhanced Editions of his Making of trilogy can be found on iBooks and on Amazon and are seriously worth the $17.99: www.amazon.com/Making-Star-Wars-Enhanced-ebook/dp/B00DQQSD2W

We also discussed a few of his latest projects, including All Up, a fascinating look at the space program and its history: https://www.amazon.com/All-Up-J-W-Rinzler

Busy as ever, Mr. Rinzler's next book will be The Making of Planet of the Apes, which could be a whole episode in itself and can be pre-ordered here: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Planet-Apes-Jonathan-Rinzler

For more news about the author, check out JWRinzler.com or follow them on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JWRinzler

Thanks for tuning in and, until next Wednesday, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Jun 20, 2018
Episode 5 (Don Bies)
54:06

Today we're talking to Don Bies, a man of many talents and one of the few to make an indelible mark on all of the original six Star Wars movies. Model maker, R2-D2 puppeteer and droid unit supervisor, Don has some great stories, ranging from the Japanese Panasonic commercials to (correctly) designing Darth Vader's helmet in Revenge of the Sith.

From Boba Fett to original Biths (to Indiana Jones!), he's played them all! We even delve a little bit into the great R2-D2: Beneath the Dome, a mockumentary, that you can watch online: https://www.starwars.com/video/beneath-the-dome-part-one

We also get into his latest project, Keep the Gaslight Burning, an awesome horror film that he produced, alongside some truly great Star Wars alums and talents. For more Gaslight news, check out KeeptheGaslightBurning.com or follow them on Twitter: www.twitter.com/GaslightGhost

Thanks for tuning in and, until next Wednesday, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Jun 13, 2018
Episode 4 (Roger Christian)
51:21

In this episode, we take it back to the very beginning and talk to Academy Award winner Roger Christian, who was one of the first people ever to get hired onto Star Wars. We try not to freak out while talking about the origins of Blue Milk, C-3PO's eyes, R2-D2 and, of course the original lightsaber.

Try to count how many times we use "incredible" during this interview, especially when we talk about Roger's incredible book: Cinema Alchemist. Detailing his time on the Star Wars set, as well as Monty Python, Alien and more, it is truly an important book for any fan: www.amazon.com/Cinema-Alchemist-Designing-Star-Alien

For more information, as well as any updates about the documentary we talked about, check out Roger's website: rogerchristian.ca

Thanks for tuning in and, until next Wednesday, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Jun 06, 2018
Episode 3 (Gerald Home)
33:20

In the third part of our 35th Anniversary retrospective of Return of the Jedi, we interviewed fan favorite Gerald Home, who performed the parts of both Tessek in Jabba's Palace and Captain Verrack, a Mon Calamari Officer of the Rebel Alliance. We not only talk about his time on the set (with his great rendition of "MANY BOTHANS DIED.") but also talk about his time with fans and as a historian of Star Wars.

As mentioned in the interview several times, definitely check out Gerald's in-depth look at the filming of Jedi, as featured on the Rebelscum forums: http://forum.rebelscum.com/showthread.php?t=1069050

He will be appearing next in September at IC Collectors Convention in Nashville, TN, alongside some previous guests (and, hint, some future guests, as well): https://www.iccollectorsconvention.com/guests

And, if you want to get in touch with Gerald, you can reach him at his website: geraldhome.com

Thanks for tuning in and, until next Wednesday, may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

May 30, 2018
Episode 2 (Stephen Costantino)
28:52

This episode is the second part of our 35th Anniversary retrospective of Return of the Jedi. We talk to Stephen Costantino, who traveled to the Yuma desert with his bandmate Corey Dee Williams, thrown into what was then called Blue Harvest. We talk about his time on the set as a Gamorrean Guard, as well as his interactions with Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker.

Check out Stephen's music (Gamorrean Sound), including the Stormtrooper-esque jam, GET EM ALL, that we talk about at the end of the episode, on his Soundcloud:  : https://soundcloud.com/stephen-costantino/sets/stephen-costantino-1

A special thanks to Coolwaters Productions (http://coolwatersprods.com/) for helping set this conversation up.

Thanks for tuning in and may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

May 23, 2018
Episode 1 (Corey Dee Williams)
37:21

Today's episode is part of our 35th Anniversary retrospective of Return of the Jedi. We talk to Corey Dee Williams, son of Billy Dee, about his father's time in the saga, the work he did in the Yuma desert, his Star Wars legacy and the funk music he loves to make.

Check out Corey's music, as well as the "Cloud City Funk" video we talk about during the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XNWX6BKB2A

A special thanks to Coolwaters Productions (http://coolwatersprods.com/) for helping set this conversation up.

Thanks for tuning in and may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

May 23, 2018
Episode 0 (Introduction)
03:45

This is it. After almost six months of recording and researching, this is the first ever episode of Talking Bay 94.

This is a Star Wars podcast featuring the people who actually made Star Wars happen. This is a Star Wars podcast, simply, that interviews the people who were in Star Wars, who wrote for Star Wars, who lived Star Wars.    

Depending on when you listen to this, we’re releasing this on an important day in Star Wars history.  

May 25, 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. Besides a few small pieces of Disney Store memorabilia, Lucasfilm has been surprisingly quiet surrounding the milestone. Especially amongst the rest of the movies, Jedi feels often overlooked.

So the first few episodes of the podcast will be a mini-season of their own, interviewing some of the cast and crew from Return of the Jedi, celebrating that 35 years ago they were in a dimly lit studio in London that doubled as Jabba’s Palace or suffering through the scorching heat of the Yuma desert as creatures on Jabba’s Sail Barge.

Our first and second interviews, released today, are a nice complement to each other: Corey Dee Williams and Stephen Costantino were bandmates in 1982, traveling together to the sail barge set in Arizona and ended being a part of the Star Wars universe. Their stories are unlike anyone else’s who were in Star Wars: fish-out-of-water tales, focused on friendship.

If you have George Lucas’ email address, send it along. Otherwise, we’ll be plotting a course and figuring it out along the way.

Thanks for tuning in and may the Force be with us!

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:

Website: www.TalkingBay94.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94

Our theme music is composed by Austin-based Michael Meadows. You can find more of his work at: www.twitter.com/notablueberry

May 23, 2018