Star Wars: The Mandalorian episode director Dave Filoni has proven to be an invaluable member of Lucasfilm’s storytelling team, producing shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and now directing episodes on Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action Star Wars series.
Fifteen years ago Filoni helped Star Wars creator George Lucas develop his final run of Star Wars stories, and in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the filmmaker couldn’t help but praise the producer. According to Lucas, one of the reasons why Filoni has had so much success in the Star Wars family was because of how open he was to learning new experiences, describing the filmmaker as a “great listener.”
“I immediately found him to be very open-minded and a great listener, which are qualities I admire because it opens a person up to new experiences,” Lucas told the entertainment news outlet.
Lucas helped guide Filoni in his adventure throughout the galaxy far, far away, and it seems like the two really enjoyed working around each other.
“One day, George said, ‘Do you know why I enjoy working with you?’ And I said, ‘No, I have no idea,’ ” Filoni recalled. “He said, ‘Well, you listen to me.’ ”
According to Filoni, listening is an important skill in the business of making films.
“A lot of people think you need to come and impress someone. They think I’m going to show you or do better. They don’t always think you impress somebody by listening,” the producer explained.
Filoni began as one of the most active listeners surrounding George Lucas. Now, the producer is helping develop all sorts of projects for the franchise. In fact, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has admitted that she has consulted Filoni on all sorts of Star Wars projects.
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Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set to premiere on November 12, 2019.