George Lucas explains how he invented lightsabers

Lightsabers, as Obi Wan Kenobi once said, are an elegant weapon for a civilized age. In Star Wars ‘ galaxy, they’re graceful and otherworldly things. In ours, as  the 15-minute ‘ Birth of the Lightsaber ‘ featurette shows, they were little more than sticks onto which the movie’s visual effects artists grafted glowing colors in post-production.

Birth of the Lightsaber was first seen as a special feature on the original Star Wars trilogy’s DVD boxset in 2004, but this marks the first time the video has made its way onto the internet in an official capacity. It tells […]

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