An Open Letter To George Lucas

Dear Mr. Lucas,

Last night the web was afire with news that two audio changes and one special effects change had been made to your original Star Wars Trilogy.

As you’ve already come to know, those of us that hold Star Wars near and dear haven’t been crazy about the past changes. You also know how much we wanted the trilogy to appear on Blu-Ray in their originally released versions. So to find out that you had chosen to further alter the movies that shaped our childhood was a kick in the gut to the majority of fans that have made Star Wars what it is today.

I do want you to know Mr. Lucas that as someone who has personally enjoyed writing, and shooting and editing videos as one of my favorite creative outlets I totally get the whole idea of having a vision. I fully appreciate wanting to go back to correct things you wished you could have done differently if you had the technology or time to do it. These movies have been like your children and you wanted nothing but the best for them. Completely understand, and respect it.

To date though nothing I have done has had the impact on culture, society and lives that the Original Star Wars Trilogy has had.

Your movies have inspired the countless dreams of many who believed that anyone could do anything if they seized upon “THE FORCE” within themselves. So many of those folks are working for you today helping inspire the dreams of others.

Your movies have brought out the good in others and created charities that might not be in existence had it not been for your movies. Thanks to Star Wars we’ve got the 501st who has taken part in countless charity events across the globe raising much needed funds and bringing smiles to children in hospitals. Together they and the R2 builders club created R2-KT to help fulfill the wish of a young Star Wars fan. Even after Katie’s passing, R2-KT has gone on to help raise the spirits of sick children and raised money for charity.

Finally your movies have had special meanings in the relationships between parents and children. They’ve been proudly shared by your original fans with the children they have today.

On a personal level the original Star Wars trilogy has had a significant impact on my life in ways that most would have never thought.

Star Wars was one of the first movies my father took me to and is one of my most precious movie going experiences that I hold near and dear to my heart. After my parents divorced and I didn’t see my Dad as much, seeing that movie together and sharing the love of the film brought out the happiness in an otherwise really unpleasant time in my life.

I saw my father less and less and eventually felt like my father could care less about me. When I saw “Return of the Jedi” the scene where Vader saves Luke and destroys the Emperor had a special symbolism for me. I viewed the Emperor and his shocking bolts as the pain and torture of everyday life, from the people who picked on me at school to not having my Dad with me everyday. I always wished that my Dad would come in one day and save me like Vader saved Luke.

While my relationship eventually broke down to the point where I didn’t see or talk to my Dad for 6+ years, Star Wars was always a happy memory. In 2007, I eventually wound up talking to and seeing my father again. While he couldn’t make the pain of the past not happen he apologized for not being there and promised to be a better father. For me, he finally saved me like I hoped he would.

Last year, my father passed away. Before he passed I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with him. He was unconscious but I knew he could hear me. So I sat there with him and watched the original Star Wars one last time. A few weeks later I celebrated his birthday as I sat with his little jar of ashes and watched the original Star Wars once more.

Since the day my son was born I have shared my love of Star Wars with him and it’s become one of his favorite things. He most recently and very patiently waited multiple times over one hour to ride the latest version of Star Tours. I showed him the R2-KT painted on one of the Starspeeders and explained how so many wonderful people came together to help make a little girl so incredibly happy.

Mr. Lucas, I can’t think of a single other set of films that have had the impact that your original three films have had. It was the originals though, not the ones jazzed up with additional special effects. Your films are classics and snapshots of days when people painstakingly created detailed models and paintings to help bring these films to life. Your fans LOVE the originals in all of their glory. We don’t need CGI additional audio, or modified audio to make them better, they were PERFECT just the way they were.

I would like to honorably and respectfully ask that you let the original trilogy be the original trilogy. Restore them to their full brilliance, let us see every detail in HI-DEF, let us hear every note with absolute clarity. Let us remember our childhood, relieve our memories and cherish the moments we originally had. Bring back the Trilogy that inspired and continues to inspire millions of your fans all over the world.

Thank you for your time,

Chris Tellez
Star Wars Fan Since 1977

Volkswagen:The Force – This Is So Me As A Little Kid…

When I was a kid our Star Wars costumes were these cheap plastic things that ripped so easily if you bent the wrong way. Had they had a costume like they have now, this would have been so me about 30 years ago.

Of course costume or not doesn’t stop me from trying to pull Jedi mind tricks on people.

:::WAVING HAND::: You will visit my blog again, and again, and again…

Happy Birthday Dad…I Miss You!

Normally on my Dad’s birthday I’d give him a call, say happy birthday and see what he was up to for the day.

This is the first year I won’t be able to do that because a little over two weeks ago I had to say good-bye to him when he passed away.

Today would have been his 67th birthday.

I’m sure wherever he is, he’s celebrating and doing so in grand style, playing golf courses so brilliant it puts all of those on earth to shame.

As a way of celebrating his life I thought I’d share a few memories that I included in his eulogy as well as some photos.

Tonight I shall celebrate with a meal he’d enjoy (Prime Rib, Asparagus and White Rice – for dessert a slice of cherry pie with vanilla ice cream) and watch the movie that wound up setting the stage for a major portion of who I am…Star Wars – Episode IV – A New Hope. He and I saw a lot of movies together, but it’s that one that always meant the most.

So with that I’ll say “Happy Birthday Dad! I miss you, we all miss you so much and hope you’re getting to spend some good time with your old pet dinosaur. Ha. Ha. Ha.”

I love you Dad, wherever you are up there…

I remember his old red 2-door Toyota Corolla and the specialness of sitting up front with him. Anytime I drove with him, even into my teens he’d throw his arm across my chest whenever he had to stop suddenly.

I remember gaining my love of aviation when my Dad would take me to Flying Tigers. I’d get to see all the big planes and the inside of the flight simulators. Most of all I remember everyone calling my Dad chief.

I remember him taking me to the movies and introducing me to what would become a passion of mine later on…STAR WARS. Thanks to my Dad I can say that I was one of the few who actually saw it in the movie theaters.

According to my father he would buy a TV Guide and it would disappear. He’d buy another one and it would disappear. So TV Guides were mysteriously disappearing and he had no idea where they went. It was only later when they were checking out the piano did they find out that I had been taking the TV Guides and stashing them inside the piano.

Or there’s the times I apparently had an affinity for cat food and he and my mom would have to keep me out of it.

He and my step-mom Cathy drove all the way from Arizona to LA to come see me in a play I was in. He was there with a big smile and a loving hug.

I am going to miss his e-mails

I am going to miss his phone calls and hearing his voice

I am going to miss his text messages.

I am going to miss his comments on Facebook.

I am going to miss his big hugs.

I am going to miss talking with him about movies.

I am going to miss watching Star Wars with him

Dad, wherever you are…I love you, I will miss you and am so lucky to have had you for my father. Don’t be a stranger okay?

Journey To ILM

My first memory of Star Wars was going with my Dad to see the original during it’s initial release. Just me, my Dad and a movie he had heard would be pretty good. Little did the both of us know how good it would be.

It seems like it was just yesterday that I saw Darth Vader for the first time as he entered the Tantive IV and his ominous breathing filled the movie theater. As a 5 year old, his presence was overwhelming and a tad on the scary side.

Flash forward many, many, many years later and Star Wars has become a huge part of my life. From seeing the films more times than I can count, to plunking down gobs of cash for collectibles, to the subtle and not so subtle inferences I make to Star Wars in my teaching sessions. Let’s not forget about the vanity license plate that took 40 minutes to nail down with a helpful AAA customer service person – 4VRJEDI.

To say that I was dying to go to Lucasfilm & ILM was an understatement. Not just because of all of the Star Wars work they did and continue to do, but all the incredible effects they’ve done on movies that shaped my childhood and continue to entertain me to this day. They’re the ones who broke the ground on special effects and made it possible for worlds to be created that may have never been created with traditional models. For me, these talented people are like what Babe Ruth is to baseball fans, or Magic Johnson is to basketball fans.

I had hoped one day I would run into someone who actually could get me in, or would know someone that could and in turn help fulfill a childhood dream of mine. Earlier this year after a presentation to a group of agents & brokers, that’s exactly what happened.

Now the day has come, and I am going to journey to the city by the bay. I’ll finally get to see the incredible facility that is Lucasfilm and ILM.

I’ll be traveling lightly, taking only my iPhone and the following

My iPad, Canon PowerShot SD790, Verizon MiFi card and an iPad camera connection kit.

Of course I’m taking along their appropriate charging devices as well, but my backpack will still be pretty light. The lightest I’ve traveled in some time.

You may ask, Chris why are you taking a Verizon MiFi card? You have the iPad 3G.
Simple, the MiFi is cheaper and allows me to use it with all my tech gear. I got the 3G as a back-up in case I can’t get a MiFi signal, or if the MiFi runs out of power and I can’t charge it.

Hopefully all of gear will allow me to journal this entire trip, let you get a taste for what it’s like for a geek’s dream to get fulfilled, and find out how the iPad performs on the go.

So all that being said…

Chewie, fire up the power converters, it’s light-speed to the Presidio!

Star Wars In Under 3 Minutes…With Legos!

I couldn’t not post something about this video.

First it’s Star Wars.

Second it’s all done with Legos.

Do you really need any other reason to spend a little over 2 minutes watching this?

C’mon…those e-mails can wait…treat yourself!

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy Birthday America!

May you all have a happy and SAFE holiday.

Try not to drop those cell phones or tech gadgets in pools or BBQs over the weekend!

May The Fourth Be With You!


While I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, I have enjoyed Star Trek. My favorites were the original cast movies. Loved the Next Generation cast, but they never quite captured the level of relationships from the original series.

There was a lot of speculation of what J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindeloff had envisioned and what Roberto Orci and Kurtzman had written.

Would they slaughter Trek? Would they breathe new life into it? What would happen?

I’m not going to go into nitty gritty details, but I will tell you.


Directing – WOW…I mean really…WOW. Lucas, let Abrams re-do the Star Wars saga.

Writing – Orci and Kurtzman have not only re-booted the series, they’ve opened up so many doors for so much re-imagination. My mind is just going crazy thinking of all the cool Trek stories they can re-tell and if you see the movie you’ll find out how the re-tellings can be really incredible

Cast – Someone give that casting agent a cut of the back-end. Every single cast member wa spot on and performed well individually as well as an ensemble…forget nominations and award ceremony…just give the cast the SAG award for best ensemble

Music – The instant I got home I bought and burned the soundtrack. Just when I thought Michael Giacchino couldn’t out do himself, he out does himself and blows away ever other composer out there. The emotion that this guy envokes with music is incredible. Be prepared for some tears in the opening sequence…even some man tears.

Visual Effects – The best I’ve seen – HANDS DOWN – The way they handeled particles, and debris and the detail that’s in the starships and displays.  There’s one shot of the Enterprise towards the end that combined with the music, it’s just awe inspiring.

Alright, it’s late and I’m sure I’m saying many of the things the others are saying.

Go out and see this movie, even if you’re not a Trek or sci-fi fan. Chances are by the time you’re done seeing this you will be.

Chris, out.