Day 578 – Miki Herman

Miki Herman worked on all three original trilogy Star Wars films and was the executive producer for the animated Ewok and Droid TV series.

Herman started her career in Star Wars as an assistant to George Lucas on A New Hope. She was a production coordinator on The Empire Strikes Back and the Unit Production Manager on Return of the Jedi.

She was an associate producer on many behind the scenes Star Wars documentaries, including my favorite Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi and was a consultant on The Star Wars Holiday Special.

In Paul Duncan’s book The Star Wars Archives 1977-1983 Herman talked about the challenge of finding the location that would serve as Endor.

“I would be given a photograph or storyboards and my job would be to find locations suitable to achieve that look. In a single day, I could be on a plane, a seaplane, a ferryboat, and in a helicopter.”

Herman also was the executive producer for the 1980’s animated series Star Wars: Ewoks and Star Wars: Droids.

In an interview with Bantha Tracks Herman talked about the different styles of the two shows.

They are very different in how they look. Droids is high-tech, heavy metal with hard edges. Ewoks on the other hand, is soft, warm, romantic, organic fantasy. One show is about community life in the forests of Endor. Another, is about two friends – C-3PO and R2-D2 – and their various masters on different worlds.

You can find out more about Miki Herman’s career in her interview with Talking Bay 94. She talks about working with George Lucas, scouting locations for Return of the Jedi, and memories from The Holiday Special.

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