*24-second video below*
Five years ago today on 12/10/17,
I flew across the Atlantic Ocean with
a few cast members from Star Wars.
It is without a doubt
the most memorable flight of my life.
I’ve kept this video tucked away
privately in my files
but decided this year to share.
The setup: my husband and I had been
at the U.S. premiere in Los Angeles,
and, along with a few cast members,
flew overnight to London
for the European premiere.
Walking up the aisle at 30,000 feet,
a thought flashed across my mind:
we should record a video.
After all, it was an epic scene.
Then doubt crept in:
Should I be the one to do it?
Should I even be the one to suggest it?
I tentatively floated the idea.
The response: a few nods, smiles,
and “Yes!” “Fun!”
So I headed to the front of the cabin
with my iPhone…and did one take.
Being seasoned performers,
the cast immediately had ideas
for what they wanted to try next.
I did a second take,
which is what you’ll see.
Was it a risk for me to suggest
a creative idea to begin with?
Was it worth it? You can tell me.
The next time a creative thought
flashes across your mind,
consider taking action.
These moments are often
fleeting and far between.
Here it is: the Star Wars cast in flight.
(Scroll down for a guide to Who’s Who.)
Risk Forward & Trust Your Ideas,
P.S. At the start of the video, you can hear me audibly cueing, “Annnnd…” I don’t actually utter the word “action” as I felt that was just one step too far.
- Laura Dern
- Gwendoline Christie
- John Boyega
- Matthew Wood (sound production)
- Anthony Daniels
- Andy Serkis
- Frank Oz