From the Prequels to the Sequels!

Making Star Wars is a group of Star Wars enthusiasts based in San Francisco and Anaheim, California. Most of us have been friends for years and regularly hang out at Disneyland, repeatedly ride Star Tours, and discuss Star Wars during those nearly weekly visits. Our understanding of and enthusiasm for Star Wars is not limited to a set of films. Most of us were born at that magical point where we consider both Episodes I-III and Episodes IV-VI to be our Star Wars as we were just the right age to catch both trilogies theatrically. Now we look forward to the next chapters in the thrilling saga of the Skywalkers and  the universe they inhabit (as well as their bizarre allies and enemies).

We started our first Star Wars blog in August of 2012, mostly to discuss and share behind the scenes photos, as well as our thoughts on our favorite television show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Our Tumblr blog grew and grew until we had several thousand daily readers. Then in October 2012, when we learned the Episodes VII-IX were coming and two spin-off films were also on their way, our weekly discussions became daily. That news fanned the flames of our passion for Star Wars and we decided to begin our podcast to share our conversations and engage with other Star Wars enthusiasts.

Now, in this current age of Star Wars, with several new films on the way, our heads are about to explode with excitement. With Star Wars Rebels hitting in 2014, Episode VII hitting in 2015, and standalone spin-off films hitting in between the episodic installments, we have a lot to talk about and share with other Star Wars enthusiasts.

The MakingStarWars.net Staff:

Jason Ward
Editor-in-chief
Jason Ward is a life long Star Wars fan. He is the editor-in-chief and content supervisor of MakingStarWars.net, and co-hosts and produces Now, This Is Podcasting! Jason has two children with his wife Amanda.
Amanda Ward
Administrator/Contributor
Amanda is the administrator of MakingStarWars.net and co-host of Rebel Grrrl, a new podcast from MakingStarWars.net. She occasionally contributes content as well as handles public relations and media inquiries for the site. Amanda is married to Jason and mom to Luke Danger and Penny Rebel.
Ron MG
EDITOR/SPONSORSHIPS/CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR: COLLECTIBLES
Ron is an editor and marketing director for MakingStarWars.net. He loves Star Wars because it is the definitive modern day mythology and…because it has the coolest toys! Ron is still waiting for the day when engineers finally build a real lightsaber.
Jesse Tschopp
Staff Contributor
Jesse’s first memory is of seeing “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. He’s worked in television, commercial, and video production as well as dabbled in indie publishing before deciding to return to school.
Tim
Staff Contributor
Tim is a lifelong Star Wars geek. His favorite books are the Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels. He also loves movie soundtracks and hosts the Kessel Run Radio and ScoreTracks podcasts. If you say you don't like John Williams, JJ Abrams, or Brian Tyler, prepare to be corrected.
Corey
Staff Contributor
Corey is a life long Star Wars fan. He is the creator and host of The WolfPack Podcast: A Star Wars Podcast. He also is a huge collector of Star Wars action figures and collectibles. Corey is also a contributor of the action figure section of MakingStarWars.Net .

Content Contributors:

Sal Perales
Contributor/Co-host Now, This Is Podcasting!
Sal Perales is a Star Wars fan/composer/martial artist who can be found about the internets dressing up with his wife and kids as the Rogue Rebels. He really likes Star Wars. Like REALLY.
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Pete Morrison
Contributor
Pete is a writer, reader and lover of all things Star Wars and genre. A contributor to MakingStarWars.net, he is the editor in chief of RebelsReport.com and the co-host of the Rebels Report, a Star Wars Rebels podcast.
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Josh Outred
Contributor
Josh is a huge Star Wars fan, lightsaber owner and contributor to MakingStarWars.net. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
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Saf Banner
Guest Contributor/Sitting Guest Now, This Is Podcasting!
Saf is a writer, photographer, and Twitter Jedi Master from New Zealand. A contributor for MakingStarWars.net, she can also be found at her own blog, FlowerCrownJedi.wordpress.com.
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Jonathan Baker
Contributor
Jonathan is an engineer, an electronics nerd, an occasional photographer, and a lifelong Star Wars fan. By day, he crash tests airplane seats. By night, he reads, writes, and talks about everything Star Wars. A reviewer for MSW, he also co-hosts the Legends and Lore podcast on the Far Far Away Radio network.
Mark Seyb
Contributor/Music Coordinator Now, This Is Podcasting!
Mark has been a Star Wars fan since it first came out in 1977. Back in the days before VCRs, the only real way to relive a favorite movie was to listen to the soundtrack, which fueled his love of film music ever since. He has two kids and a wife who love him very much.
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Elaine Tveit
Contributor
Elaine is a Star Wars fangirl, Lord of the Rings enthusiast and book lover. Elaine contributes reviews, articles and thoughts to MSW.
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Tracy Gardner
Guest Contributor
Tracy is co-host of MakingStarWars.net's Rebel Grrrl podcast and a contributor to Making Star Wars.
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Brian Piekut
Guest Contributor
Brian is a serious Star Wars fan and a chill dude. He knows how to frisbee golf your face off!

Now, This Is Podcasting!:

Jason Ward
Co-host
Jason is Editor-in-chief of MakingStarWars.net, co-host and content creator for Now, This Is Podcasting! Jason has two degrees in American Studies and lives in southern California with his wife and two children.
Randy Lo Gudice
Co-host
Randy is a giant Star Wars nerd. He hosts and produces Now, This Is Podcasting! and produces Rebel Grrrl for MakingStarWars.net.
Sal Perales
Sitting Guest
Sal Perales is a Star Wars fan/composer/martial artist who can be found about the internets dressing up with his wife and kids as the Rogue Rebels. He really likes Star Wars. Like REALLY.
Max Palas
Sitting Guest
Max is network security consultant in Washington D.C. and when he isn’t keeping things safe, he enjoys his time with his incredible wife and kids. In those moments between he dives deep into Star Wars as the owner and EOC of The Star Wars Post.
Saf Banner
Sitting Guest
Saf is a writer, photographer, and Twitter Jedi Master from New Zealand. A contributor for MakingStarWars.net, she can also be found at her own blog, FlowerCrownJedi.wordpress.com.
Johnny Grasso
Content Writer
Johnny Grasso is a writer/contributor for MakingStarWars.net's Now, This is Podcasting! His original, humorous, and sometimes ass-backwards take on Star Wars leaves the fandom in stitches...and the chicks dig him.
Nicholas Diak
Content Writer
Lumberjack Nick frequently contributes entertaining and insightful anecdotes to MakingStarWars.net's Now, This Is Podcasting! as well as original art for the website! Check out all his Star Wars sketches at SketchWars.org

Rebel Grrrl

Tracy Gardner
Co-host
Tracy is an MA student and feminist scholar who loves Star Wars literature and cosplaying.
Amanda Ward
Co-host
Unapologetic prequel lover. Mom of two awesome kids. Feminist. Happy wife and See-Threepio fan girl.

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