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Today, the second half of my latest conversation with Nick Martorelli, executive producer for the PRH Audio adaptation of From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back. Punch it!

What follows is the full list of questions I had for him, and I think we got to all of them, though not necessarily in this order:

Aside from the source material and the stories themselves (naturally), how was the process of doing this audiobook different from the previous From a Certain Point of View audiobook?

How does the preparation for an audiobook of short stories differ from the preparation that goes into a novel?

How has the current public health situation changed your production process?

Can you talk a bit about the casting process, as far as how and where it fits into the whole project process?

Some folks, like January LaVoy and Marc Thompson, are well known to Star Wars audiences, and have “strong suits,” as it were, based on their previous Star Wars narration experience. How do you balance your casting decisions between leaning into those strengths versus applying their talents in fresh ways?

Dion Graham is an experienced narrator doing a Star Wars project for the first time, and the similarly experienced Soneela Nankani is doing her second, after Lando’s Luck. (Emily is comparatively new, too, of course, but with more recent appearances.) Can you talk a bit about the considerations for bringing in narrators who may well be unknown to a Star Wars audience?

Jon Hamm is, of course, an accomplished actor, but doesn’t do a lot of audiobook narration – this is only his fourth PRH Audio credit, and half of those are Star-Wars related. What does he bring to the table for you, from your own experienced perspective?

I’d love to learn about the process of adapting Older’s “STET!” for an audiobook, because it’s so unique on the page.

Do you have personal favorites among the stories in the collection? Or any stories that affected the way you think about Empire as a whole?

And here are the links mentioned at the end of the conversation!

Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickmartorelli

PRH Audio: https://penguinrandomhouseaudio.com

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Direct download: 2020-11-30-StarWars7x7-2341.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today, the first half of my conversation with Nick Martorelli, the executive producer for Penguin Random House Audio's version of The Empire Strikes Back's 40th anniversary short story celebration. Punch it!

What follows is the full list of questions I had for him, and I think we got to all of them, though not necessarily in this order:

Aside from the source material and the stories themselves (naturally), how was the process of doing this audiobook different from the previous From a Certain Point of View audiobook?

How does the preparation for an audiobook of short stories differ from the preparation that goes into a novel?

How has the current public health situation changed your production process?

Can you talk a bit about the casting process, as far as how and where it fits into the whole project process?

Some folks, like January LaVoy and Marc Thompson, are well known to Star Wars audiences, and have “strong suits,” as it were, based on their previous Star Wars narration experience. How do you balance your casting decisions between leaning into those strengths versus applying their talents in fresh ways?

Dion Graham is an experienced narrator doing a Star Wars project for the first time, and the similarly experienced Soneela Nankani is doing her second, after Lando’s Luck. (Emily is comparatively new, too, of course, but with more recent appearances.) Can you talk a bit about the considerations for bringing in narrators who may well be unknown to a Star Wars audience?

Jon Hamm is, of course, an accomplished actor, but doesn’t do a lot of audiobook narration – this is only his fourth PRH Audio credit, and half of those are Star-Wars related. What does he bring to the table for you, from your own experienced perspective?

I’d love to learn about the process of adapting Older’s “STET!” for an audiobook, because it’s so unique on the page.

Do you have personal favorites among the stories in the collection? Or any stories that affected the way you think about Empire as a whole?

And here are the links mentioned at the end of the conversation!

Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickmartorelli

PRH Audio: https://penguinrandomhouseaudio.com

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Direct download: 2020-11-29-StarWars7x7-2340.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The worst-kept secret is out of the bag with "The Jedi," Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian (or episode 5 from season 2, if you prefer). And this episode also opens another huge door... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-28-StarWars7x7-2339.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Before we get to the second half of the second season of The Mandalorian (Ahsoka, anyone?), we dig into the two big reveals from Chapter 12: The Siege. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-27-StarWars7x7-2338.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On a day where gratitude is the thing, I share my gratefulness to Andy and Josh for inviting me onto their Holochronicles Podcast earlier this week to talk about The Mandalorian and Mando Monday... Punch it!

This episode features an excerpt of that conversation, and you can catch the whole thing right here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W53utxszX6M

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Direct download: 2020-11-26-StarWars7x7-2337.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Mandalorian season 2 requires a lot less set up than season 1 did, and the creative team is using that time to maximum effect. Here's our mid-season review... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-25-StarWars7x7-2336.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Sure, Lucasfilm is releasing a lot of fun, funky, and fascinating merchandise on these "Mando Mondays" following each episode of The Mandalorian, but are we learning anything more about the show as a result? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-24-StarWars7x7-2335.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In the second half of my conversation with Cole Horton, co-author of The Star Wars Book, we're diving into sections of the book and the joys of bringing in details from across a range of media. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-23-StarWars7x7-2334.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A three-time guest this year, Cole Horton returns to the podcast to discuss his latest contribution to the galaxy far, far away in The Star Wars Book. From DK Publishing (thanks for the review copy!), this new Star Wars reference book is not your typical DK offering - instead of the short summaries and factoid captions, this one features long-form essays that allowed Horton (along with co-authors Pablo Hidalgo and Dan Zehr) to really dig into their topics and explore deeper themes across Star Wars storytelling. Today, I'm sharing the first half of my conversation with Cole. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-22-StarWars7x7-2333.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Mando returns to a renewed Nevarro, and what should be a simple clean-up job uncovers a deep, dark hole where Moff Gideon's true desires reside. "The Siege" is Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, and this is our official briefing... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-21-StarWars7x7-2332.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

"The Heiress," Chapter 11 of The Mandalorian, introduces more complexity to the history of Mandalore in the past 12 years, packs big reveals, and continues a monster trend. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-20-StarWars7x7-2331.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

42 years later, a new Star Wars Holiday Special arrives - a LEGO one! On today's show, a non-spoiler review, and a note about the important treatment of one sequel-era character. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-19-StarWars7x7-2330.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today, I'm bringing back the second half of my Star Wars Holiday Special 40th Anniversary interview with Hollywood comedy writer extraordinaire and co-writer on the Special. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-18-StarWars7x7-2329.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Happy Life Day! In honor of the occasion, I'm bringing back the 40th anniversary interview I did with Bruce Vilanch, one of the writers of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-17-StarWars7x7-2328.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Here's part two of my two-part interview with author Preeti Chhibber, and today we're going to be talking about her wonderfully inspirational "Star Wars: A Jedi You Will Be." Punch it!

Follow her exploits on Twitter at https://twitter.com/runwithskizzers, and check out her website at https://t.co/wocPTXOF8m?amp=1!

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Direct download: 2020-11-16-StarWars7x7-2327.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today, the first of a two-part conversation with Preeti Chhibber! In this half of the conversation, we'll be talking about Anakin and Padme in her Clone-Wars-inspired story "Hostage Crisis" from Stores of Light and Dark. Punch it!

Follow her exploits on Twitter at https://twitter.com/runwithskizzers, and check out her website at https://t.co/wocPTXOF8m?amp=1.

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Direct download: 2020-11-15-StarWars7x7-2326.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

In our last discussion about the book version of "From a Certain Point of View," the short story collection celebrating The Empire Strikes Back, we're going to look at a couple of threads we haven't covered yet... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-14-StarWars7x7-2325.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Perhaps because the action gets so personal in the final act of The Empire Strikes Back, the stories in "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection related to that final act - while still interesting - are also more hit-and-miss in terms of their emotional impact. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-13-StarWars7x7-2324.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today, a sampling of the highlights from the second act of The Empire Strikes Back, as depicted through perspectives both popular and unusual, in the "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection. Punch it!

 

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Direct download: 2020-11-12-StarWars7x7-2323.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Hoth, the search for it, the battle there, and the escape from it, are the focus of the first dozen or so tales for the The Empire Strikes Back edition of the "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-11-StarWars7x7-2322.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The story of The Empire Strikes Back, as told by bit players, creatures, a Force ghost, and more! Here's our non-spoiler review of the latest "From a Certain Point of View" short story collection. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-10-StarWars7x7-2321.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Today, the second half of my interview with Daniel Wallace, author/co-author of more than 50 books - many of them Star Wars one! - including last month's Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection. Punch it!

To see what Daniel will be getting up to in the future, check him out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danwallaceMSP

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Direct download: 2020-11-09-StarWars7x7-2320.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

He's back, and for "real" this time! Last month, I featured an email interview with author Daniel Wallace (most recently, Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection). Today, the first of a two-part real-time conversation. Punch it!

To see what Daniel will be getting up to in the future, check him out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danwallaceMSP

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Direct download: 2020-11-08-StarWars7x7-2319.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Less Easter eggs, more egg-related scenes by turns comedic and horrifying, permeate "The Passenger," Chapter 10 of The Mandalorian (or, season 2, episode 2).

On today's episode of the show, we'll break down all the subtle details for you, including the tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to Star Wars Rebels, the Alien franchise, and much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-07-StarWars7x7-2318.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda will appear in the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, and if you ever needed something fun to take your mind off of things in the world, this will be it.

On today's episode of the show, we'll also talk about the logline for Chapter 10 of The Mandalorian (out today!), a real-world Mustafar, and how the new LEGO show coming November 17th could fill the void you may have felt at the end of the Skywalker Saga. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-06-StarWars7x7-2317.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ron Howard was recently asked about the prospects for a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story. While he was definitive in his answer, there's still an aspect or two that are worth discussing further... Punch it!

And particular credit goes to Star Wars News Net and their Resistance Broadcast podcast for starting and driving the #MakeSolo2Happen movement!

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Direct download: 2020-11-05-StarWars7x7-2316.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On the one hand, The Mandalorian season 2 premiere was highly enjoyable. On the other hand, did they have to build on *that* story, or would they have been better off building a new one?

On today's episode of the show, I'm taking some time to meditate on the value of mystery and unclosed story loops in Star Wars storytelling - even as I find it enjoyable to close some of them! - and how Star Wars, in its reflexive approach to define everything, may leave little room for our own wonder and imagination to play. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-04-StarWars7x7-2315.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Merch from Mando Mondays can reveal details about The Mandalorian - including the relative importance of a character to the future of the show. Today, an analysis... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-03-StarWars7x7-2314.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What's coming in Star Wars storytelling in November 2020? The Mandalorian captures the headlines, of course, and the very first High Republic story debuts, "beyond" books and comics. Punch it!

We don't cover all the categories, because there's not notable news in all of them, but for the refresher, here's what they are...

Movies
Live Action TV
Animation
Books
Audiobooks
Comics
Virtual Reality
Video Games
Experiential (Events/Conventions/Parks)
Merchandise

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Direct download: 2020-11-02-StarWars7x7-2313.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

The Mandalorian Chapter 9, "The Marshal," has so many little winks and nods to all corners of Star Wars storytelling - and to some familiar non-Star-Wars movie tropes, too. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2020-11-01-StarWars7x7-2312.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

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