Behind-the-Scenes Photos of the Star Wars Films
Many years ago, we were all introduced to that galaxy far, far away and that infamous cast and storyline that took over our movie screens. The iconic sci-fi saga has since reached cult status, and the franchise is still proving to be an influential force on pop culture.
Take a look at some rare, behind the scenes photos from the filming.
When this iconic photo emerged of Harrison Ford and George Lucas on the Star Wars set, many fans questioned what exactly was happening here. In fact, there’s a very popular thread on Reddit with a strong conviction that Harrison is teaching George how to bowl.
The cast members here are happy to smile for the camera here while filming on location in Finse, Norway. During their time spent in Norway, they were actually met with a pretty heavy storm. While this would normally affect the filming schedule, director Irvin Kershner actually saw it as a perfect opportunity.
Here is a closer look at the visual effects supervisor, Phil Tippett, positioning the miniature AT-ATs for the Hoth battle stop-motion scene in The Empire Strikes Back. Interestingly, these mechanical structures were inspired by the walking machines in H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds.
For only several second unit shots in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda was also brought to life by Kenyan-English actor, Deep Roy. To do so, Roy had to perform these scenes on his knees in order to bring him down to Yoda’s height.
In this moment of pure photo gold, the brilliant director, George Lucas, is pictured stepping in for Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. As he sits patiently with his legs crossed, in the middle of the miniature, fairytale-style cave, it’s clear that George was a very hands-on director.
Another classic relic from the archives is this photo of the Millennium Falcon model. On the big screen, the Star Wars ship looked a lot bigger. At least in our memories, it was a grand model, large enough to soar through the galaxy.
In this legendary scene, we’re introduced to the animators behind the force, Phil Tippett and Jon Berg. They are in the middle of shooting the Battle of Hoth with AT-AT models. This was a major battle led by Darth Vader and was considered a big victory for the Galactic Empire.
George Lucas was a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick and his intergalactic space voyage movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. So when he was casting the production team for Star Wars, he decided to recruit members of the production team from the classic Stanley Kubrick movie.
This retro snap was captured on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. As you can see, the cast members, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca took a moment to take a time out and enjoy the lighter side of the galaxy.
In this classic Star Wars scene from 1977, all four central members of the Star Wars cast, are pictured here in one glorious and smiling shot, from Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill to Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew. It’s fair to say this is also one of the most memorable scenes from the franchise.
This rare snap captures Darth Vader as he makes his way through the Death Star with Commander No.1, played by actor Leslie Schofield. Commander No.1, later renamed Chief Moradmin Bast first appeared in Episode IV – A New Hope. Unfortunately, most of Schofield’s material was cut out of the film.
In this throwback photo, we can see Carrie Fisher warmly embracing an Ewok on the set. The Ewok was played by Warwick Davis, who was just 11-years-old when he landed his breakthrough role as Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are captured here in their infamous stormtrooper uniforms. The concept of Luke and Han dressing up as stormtroopers to rescue Princess Leia was actually a borrowed idea from the Wizard of Oz. If you recall, in the Oz film, Dorothy’s friends dress up as Winkie Guards to save her from the Witch of the West.
This classic photo now holds a special place in movie history. Pictured here is the legendary filmmaker and mastermind behind the fictional Star Wars universe, George Lucas, on set. The photo is even more iconic, as the young George is captured squaring up with one of the most iconic characters from the franchise, the humanoid gold-plated C-3PO.
While this may look like a frightful zombie alien apocalypse scene from a horror movie, we have to remember that behind every extra-terrestrial mask, is a talented makeup artist. In this case, the legendary man behind the masks on the Star Wars set was the makeup artist, Rick Baker.
In this rare snap, George Lucas is captured on set filming the opening scene of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. For those of you who don’t know, Lucas was inspired to create the Star Wars universe by a childhood comic strip hero called Flash Gordon, which was first published in the 30s.
In this iconic shot, the cast members are caught standing around under the blazing sun for a chat between shooting scenes. Many times filmmakers relied heavily on real-life scenery in order to depict the so-called galaxy far, far away. So, these locations can be found all over the world.
This rare, behind the scenes black and white photo, was captured on the set of The Empire Strikes Back in 1977. It feels just like a classic Disney-style Beauty and the Beast moment, as the “Beauty,” Princess Leia is caught sharing a forbidden kiss with the “Beast,” Chewbacca.
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