169 episodes

TALKING BAY 94 is the only Star Wars podcast solely devoted to interviews with the cast, crew and creators from a galaxy far, far away.

Join host Brandon Wainerdi (huge DVD special feature dork), for a weekly deep dive into some never-before-heard stories from the set and Skywalker Ranch. From background aliens to some of the biggest stars in the universe, TALKING BAY 94 will be trying to talk to them all, every Wednesday.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 145 Ratings

TALKING BAY 94 is the only Star Wars podcast solely devoted to interviews with the cast, crew and creators from a galaxy far, far away.

Join host Brandon Wainerdi (huge DVD special feature dork), for a weekly deep dive into some never-before-heard stories from the set and Skywalker Ranch. From background aliens to some of the biggest stars in the universe, TALKING BAY 94 will be trying to talk to them all, every Wednesday.

    C. Andrew Nelson: The Man Behind Darth Vader (and the Fields of Naboo)

    C. Andrew Nelson: The Man Behind Darth Vader (and the Fields of Naboo)

    Today is my conversation with C. Andrew Nelson, who has portrayed Darth Vader 70 times for various Lucasfilm appearances, including video games and the Star Wars Special Editions. He also is a talented visual effects artist, with a long career at LucasArts and then at ILM for the first two prequels.
    This episode is sponsored by Rebel Scum Con, which is a Star Wars focused show in the DFW area happening in late June.
    Andrew is one of the many great guests that are scheduled to attend the convention, and stay tuned after our interview for a conversation with Rebel Scum’s Chief Media Officer, my pal, Bobby Robertson.
    Thank you so much again to Andrew for coming on and telling such great stories, as well as Bobby and the entire Rebel Scum Con and Order 66 team for helping to coordinate this. I cannot wait to go to the convention, which Is taking place June 27-30 at the Marriott Dallas Allen Convention Center. More info below!
    Rebel Scum Con: www.rebelscumconventions.com Rebel Scum Con (IG): https://www.instagram.com/rebelscumconofficial/ Rebel Scum Con (FB): https://www.facebook.com/rebelscumconofficial/ C. Andrew Nelson: http://www.candrewnelson.com/ C. Andrew Nelson (IG): https://www.instagram.com/candrewnelson/ C. Andrew Nelson (Aquatasy YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/@Aquatasy/ C. Andrew Nelson (Audio Dramas): https://www.adventurousideas.com/  
    In other news … I co-wrote an official Star Wars book. I cannot believe it. Star Wars Encyclopedia from DK Books is coming out this fall and can be pre-ordered now. More info to come, believe me.
    If you’re enjoying the show, please head to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to these episodes and leave us a five-star rating and review! It means the world.
    Transcripts of previous episodes are available over at talkingbay94.com.
    For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:
    Website: www.TalkingBay94.com
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Warren Fu: Prequel Concept Artist and Designer of General Grievous

    Warren Fu: Prequel Concept Artist and Designer of General Grievous

    Today is my conversation with legendary prequel concept artist, Warren Fu, live from South by Southwest 2024.
    We dive into Warren’s incredible contributions to these movies, including MagnaGuards, The High Republic's vector ships, and, of course, General Grievous. From there, we take a deep dive into his wildly prolific music video career, and especially his work with Daft Punk. This is such an incredible conversation and may truly be my favorite interview yet.
    Thank you so much again to Warren for his time and flexibility while he was in Austin, and allowing me to come to his hotel armed with art books and action figures for reference. His incredible portfolio can be found here.
    A huge thank you, as well, to Li-Wei from Partizan for helping coordinate this, and an EXTRA huge thanks to guest producer Alyssa Vidales, who absolutely crushed it and helped make this live recording go super smoothly
    In other news … I co-wrote an official Star Wars book. I cannot believe it. Star Wars Encyclopedia from DK Books is coming out this fall and can be pre-ordered now. More info to come, believe me.
    If you’re enjoying the show, please head to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to these episodes and leave us a five-star rating and review! It means the world.
    Transcripts of previous episodes are available over at talkingbay94.com.
    For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:
    Website: www.TalkingBay94.com
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

    • 1 hr 12 min
    John Jackson Miller: Writer of THE LIVING FORCE and KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

    John Jackson Miller: Writer of THE LIVING FORCE and KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

    Today is my conversation with one of my favorite Star Wars authors, John Jackson Miller.
    We talk all about the beginnings of his career, as well as his iconic work on the Knights of the Old Republic, Kenobi, A New Dawn and his latest novel, Star Wars: The Living Force (out now!). It’s a fantastic conversation and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
    The Living Force is now available anywhere you buy your books, and I highly recommend it: https://amzn.to/3PZ3suK
    I also recommend delving into his KOTOR run, especially if you have a Marvel Unlimited subscription. Just awesome stuff.
    Next week is my live conversation with prequel concept artist Warren Fu. 
    In other news … I co-wrote an official Star Wars book. I cannot believe it. Star Wars Encyclopedia from DK Books is coming out this fall and can be pre-ordered now. More info to come, believe me.
    If you’re enjoying the show, please head to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to these episodes and leave us a five-star rating and review! It means the world.
    Transcripts of previous episodes are available over at talkingbay94.com.
    For more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as a link to some of our other in-depth interviews, check out:
    Website: www.TalkingBay94.com
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/TalkingBay94
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/TalkingBay94

    • 44 min
    Rest in Peace: Bill Hargreaves (1954 - 2024)

    Rest in Peace: Bill Hargreaves (1954 - 2024)

    Last week, it was reported that Bill Hargreaves had passed away. Of course, Mr. Hargreaves was known to Star Wars fans as the father of IG-88, as well as prop maker and droid creator for EV-9D9, probots, B’omarr monks, and mynocks.
    This conversation features Bill's start working on Alien all the way to his tortuous coat hanger creation for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Rest in peace.

    • 15 min
    Rest in Peace: Mark Dodson (1960 - 2024)

    Rest in Peace: Mark Dodson (1960 - 2024)

    Over the weekend, Mark Dodson passed away. He is best known to Star Wars fans as the laugh of Salacious B. Crumb, as well as the voice of Teek from The Battle for Endor. He was brought back as a patron of Maz Kanata's cantina for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
    I was able to chat with him years ago at a convention, one of my first interviews ever. That video can be found on YouTube.
    His New York Times obituary can be found here. Rest in peace and may the Force be with you.

    • 9 min
    Judy Elkins: ILM Creature Shop, RETURN OF THE JEDI

    Judy Elkins: ILM Creature Shop, RETURN OF THE JEDI

    Today is a very special episode, featuring my conversation with ILM Creature Shop legend Judy Elkins. Judy is responsible for many iconic designs and sculptures for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, including the infamous Yak Face.
    This summer, I was honored to spend the day with her in Austin, Texas, as we went around to different museums and sculpture gardens that had inspired her while growing up, including the Elizabet Ney Museum and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden (where the works of her professor, Charles Umlauf, are on display). We also visited the gorgeous Littlefield Fountain on the University of Texas campus, that especially inspired her and her creature designing.
    Some of those recordings are in this interview, spliced into our larger conversation about her incredible career. Photos and captions of the art we discussed can be found on our website.
    Spending the day with her was so inspiring and one of my favorite memories of last year, as well as this entire podcast. 
    In other news … I co-wrote an official Star Wars book. I cannot believe it. Star Wars Encyclopedia from DK Books is coming out this fall and can be pre-ordered now. More info to come, believe me.
    And, if you’re enjoying the show, please head to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to these episodes and leave us a five-star rating and review! It means the world.
    That’s all for now … until next episode, stay tuned, leave s 5 star review, and May the Force Be with you.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

Heguiluz ,

Worth subscribing to.

Brandon is a great interviewer and always brings the most out of the people he chats with. I love that he interviews people that have been part of the Star Wars universe in all kinds of ways. Always an entertaining and revealing listen.

Stephen B(wing) Danley ,

Superb oral history of Star Wars

The breadth of voices representing the many, many creative facets of that galaxy far, far away is such a blessing for fans and the historical record!

thegrogulorian ,

Top-tier Star Wars podcast

No one is doing it like Talking Bay 94 when it comes to interviewing creators from a galaxy far, far away. Brandon brings a unique array of talent to the show every single episode and I always learn something new. Taking into account every episode to date, it’s one of the most comprehensive behind-the-scenes chronicling of the Star Wars franchise. Talking Bay 94 is just one of the best around and the fan community is in a much better place with these incredible stories finding the limelight.

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