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.

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