This is a recently unearthed video from 1971 of George Lucas that has been making the rounds recently. The video interview is almost an hour long and most of it is a terrific look at a pre-American Graffiti and Star Wars Lucas really putting out his opinion on studio intervention.
You almost want to say that Lucas would go on to lock up the entire game, so he’d never have to do anything anyone else’s way. In an odd way he has become as indie a creator could be by being the exact opposite of what most view as indie. The guy can do whatever he want and is in control of so much of the production (ILM etc), he in some manner has true autonomy. What he does with it is something else altogether, but I’ve always been fascinated with a creator that I’ve always as having a very unique stratagem in maintaining personal vision: he didn’t just scoff at the game in obscure freedom.