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Behind the scenes of Star Wars filming
January 10, 2014 6:19 AM   Subscribe

Chewbacca has released a set of photos from his time on various sets.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (55 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Chewbacca has a Twitter.
Chewbacca is not real.
Does that make sense.


Mewbacca. Chewbarka. Because they belong here. And not on Endor, where Chewie never lived. Probably.
posted by Mezentian at 6:22 AM on January 10 [3 favorites]


"George was always going around set showing off his giant Star Destroyer." made my day.
posted by lordrunningclam at 6:29 AM on January 10 [4 favorites]


FYI, staring from the bottom and working backwards will make more sense of the narrative elements of the captions.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:31 AM on January 10


Peter Mayhew's website (1st link) is definitely from a long time ago, if not a galaxy far, far away.
posted by chavenet at 6:32 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Mewbacca. Chewbarka.

Yes please let this thread contain many pictures of Star Wars'd animals. Yes please.
posted by phunniemee at 6:48 AM on January 10 [5 favorites]


The Pug Wastes are not to be traveled lightly, especially without poop bags.
posted by Mezentian at 6:51 AM on January 10 [6 favorites]


Who's that fellow dressed like Han Solo? Looks a bit like Harrison Ford, except for the fact that he doesn't look bitter and misanthropic.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:53 AM on January 10


Is it Shia?
posted by Mezentian at 6:55 AM on January 10 [3 favorites]


I love this kind of backstage stuff. I think I always did; when I was thirteen one of my favorite books was a cheap paperback production diary for ROTJ. Some of my favorite bits were the times when they quoted fax correspondence between Phil Tippet and his crew because someone was a total wiseass. There was also a story about some really rotten day everyone was having when they were filming the Sarlacc scene, so Anthony Daniels managed to somehow rustle up high tea for the production staff, complete with bone china teacups, to cheer them all up.

And....yes, juvenile hijinks and a casual attitude towards nudity does tend to happen. Not like it's a nudist colony backstage or on the set, but there have been about six shows that I've done my job topless, because I've been stuck in a sweatbox of a production booth and then suddenly realized "wait, no one's gonna care". (Always leaving my shirt conveniently placed to re-dress in a hurry in case I had to leave the booth or someone was coming.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:01 AM on January 10


The lovely Koo Stark, who played Camie in Episode VI. Her scenes didn't make it to the final film.

OK, now I guess I have some trivia to go dig up. Never heard of this character before.
posted by nubs at 7:15 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


MWARRRRRRRRAUUUUGH.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:20 AM on January 10


And not on Endor, where Chewie never lived. Probably.

Pretty hard to live on a gas giant, unless someone builds a repulsorlift city there for the purposes of gas mining, and unlike Bespin, I don't think Endor had anything particularly valuable to mine.
posted by radwolf76 at 7:28 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


@nubs

Koo Stark was somewhat notorious over this side of the pond in the early 80s for having appeared in some erotic films and then dating Prince Andrew.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 7:29 AM on January 10


When I was 11 years-old I wanted to be THAT 11 year-old Warwick Davis too.
posted by blue_beetle at 7:31 AM on January 10


Camie was in Return of the Jedi?????

(Yes, I missed the "Forest Moon of").
posted by Mezentian at 7:34 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Koo Stark was somewhat notorious over this side of the pond in the early 80s for having appeared in some erotic films and then dating Prince Andrew.

OK. The name of the actress was familiar for some reason, but I don't recall ever hearing about the character before.
posted by nubs at 7:38 AM on January 10


Is that Treat Williams with Carrie Fisher and Other Fellow?
posted by Brackish at 7:41 AM on January 10


nubs: "The lovely Koo Stark, who played Camie in Episode VI. Her scenes didn't make it to the final film."

Wookieepedia on the character. She was in some of those deleted "Luke hangs out with his buddies" scenes from Star Wars (fine, "Episode IV").
posted by Chrysostom at 7:51 AM on January 10


From that link: Camie was portrayed by Koo Stark in A New Hope, though her scenes were not used in the final film release.

So, episode IV not VI.

Crisis over.
posted by Mezentian at 8:01 AM on January 10


Camie was involved with Laze Loneozner, whom she eventually married when Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter left Tatooine

Biggs Darklighter? (Googles) Ohhhh, Porn Stache Guy from the original Star Wars! Man...did he have an appropriate name.
posted by yoink at 8:12 AM on January 10


And you thought that halloween costume was an original idea...
posted by Sys Rq at 8:22 AM on January 10


Wait, you didn't know who Biggs was?
Guys, yoink was never confused by the Star Wars Picture Book.
posted by Mezentian at 8:31 AM on January 10 [2 favorites]


Hang on, just noticed something -

Who in the hell came up with the character names here? Darklighter, Starkiller, Skywalker, Loneozner...what'd they do, play Mad Libs?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:39 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Who in the hell came up with the character names here? Darklighter, Starkiller, Skywalker, Loneozner...what'd they do, play Mad Libs?
posted by EmpressCallipygos


The same man who, a couple of movies later, needed to come up with a name for a character with three eyes and settled on "Ree Yees."
posted by COBRA! at 8:41 AM on January 10 [3 favorites]


The same man who came up with Elan Sleazebaggio.
posted by Mezentian at 8:44 AM on January 10


Actually, we're a decade out from the prequels. a decade into Jar Jar hate.
Why are people surprised by some of the rough edges?
posted by Mezentian at 8:45 AM on January 10


The same man who came up with Elan Sleazebaggio.


The fishhead dudes are called the Calamari.
posted by Cosine at 8:58 AM on January 10


That's the Mon Calamari, mon.

They share a planet with Squid Head's people.
But not Prune Face's. or Hammerhead's. Pr even Wulrus Man.
And Snaggletooth (either version) has never been there.
Greedo might have, if the pay was right. He's like that.
posted by Mezentian at 9:08 AM on January 10


and who could forget Vandolay
posted by Cosine at 9:14 AM on January 10


And Jean-Ralphio.
posted by Naberius at 9:15 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


For some reason, I had never seen the elephants dressed up as banthas until today. I always liked Banthas.


Then I read this on Wookiepedia:

When Tuskens married, the couple's banthas would also mate. Often, the resulting calf would be of the same sex as the Tusken child.

The banthas of Tatooine were known to form deep bonds with the Tusken Raiders of the planet and often committed suicide if their riders were to die first. Banthas that died naturally were placed in vast graveyards, which other banthas treated with a kind of ceremonial reverence.


DISNEY. YOUR CANON COMMITTEE CAN DITCH THIS PLEASE. KTHNX!
posted by Atreides at 9:20 AM on January 10 [2 favorites]


The best part is Peter's witty captions. What a funny guy!

Love, love, absolutely love the shot of Peter Cushing and Mark Hamill smiling at each other. I can't stop smiling, myself. It's my favorite of the lot.

I always imagine Anthony Daniels as being stick-thin and the Threepio suit being as thick as it appears to be on screen. No matter how many times I see pictures of him out of the suit, or see pictures of how thin the suit was, I can't shake the mental image I formed as a kid.

I remember Biggs from the first movie, but I had no idea his last name was Darklighter. I always assumed Biggs was his last name.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:25 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Darklighter, Starkiller, Skywalker, Loneozner...what'd they do, play Mad Libs?

Lucas's original title for the film: "Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars."
posted by nubs at 9:34 AM on January 10


I liked the one of Mayhew and Ford standing together as old men... Harrison Ford typically has an insincere smile, an annoyed and/or insincere half-smile, or a permanently grumpy frown in public, but here he looked genuinely happy. I get the impression Mayhew has the same effect on many people.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:35 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


One of the minor "this isn't so bad" added elements to the dreaded Special Edition was the return of a scene of Luke and Biggs better establishing their background prior to the Battle of Yavin. When Biggs dies in the Trench, it isn't just another Rebel pilot, it's a friend/role model of Luke's from back home on Tatooine. His death, one guarding Luke from the encroaching TIES and Vader, was also another element to slam home the serious nature for Luke of what he had gotten himself into.
posted by Atreides at 9:36 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Eh? Is it deleted? Twitter tells me "something went wrong."

Don't I know it, Twitter.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:57 AM on January 10


The one of Carrie Fisher and her stunt double lounging while both wearing their "Jabba's Palace" outfits has reminded me of my adolescent self.
posted by nubs at 10:05 AM on January 10


"Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars - Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire."
posted by Naberius at 10:22 AM on January 10 [2 favorites]


Is that Treat Williams with Carrie Fisher and Other Fellow?

Yep.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:29 AM on January 10


Needs more Zazzle Moonbridge.

:)
posted by George Lucas at 11:05 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


I think this is my very favorite.

I get the sense that part of Harrison Ford's grump setting may be because of a whole "I Am Not Spock" thing, and he may not have yet hit the point where he's past that and realized "oh, yeah, there was some fun shit in there too."

I feel like Leonard Nimoy and Wil Wheaton should take him to lunch or something.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:12 AM on January 10


"Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars - Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire featuring Kimbra: The Directors Extended Unrated Cut (Revised Edition) (Disc 2 of 7)
posted by blue_beetle at 11:14 AM on January 10 [2 favorites]


I just realized that we are now almost as far from the release of remastered/digitized/Greedo-shoots-first special edition of Star Wars as that version was from the original.
posted by yoink at 11:16 AM on January 10 [1 favorite]


Stop realizing things, yoink.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:05 PM on January 10 [5 favorites]


Harrison Ford is 71, Yoink. In the United States, the average male life expectancy is 76. That means in five years, it's entirely likely Han Solo WILL DIE.


See what happens when you go down this road?
posted by Atreides at 12:48 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]


See what happens when you go down this road?

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

We give birth astride a grave. The light gleams a moment and is gone.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.

Vanity, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

Death is here, death is there
Death is busy everywhere.

Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills;
The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.

(I'm available for weddings, parties, anything...)
posted by yoink at 1:28 PM on January 10 [2 favorites]


wow. I can't believe one of the few female characters in the movie got cut.
posted by es_de_bah at 2:00 PM on January 10


In fairness, those scenes of Luke hanging with his townie buddies are pretty dire.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:32 PM on January 10


*sobs*
"When are they gonna get to the power converter factory??"
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:08 PM on January 10


The leaked title for Episode 7 is allegedly: Star Wars - Episode 7: Toshe Station. Mark Hamill finally returns to the role of Skywalker and resumes his quest, sidelined for decades by the battle against the Empire and then the rebuilding of the Jedi Order, to go to Toshe Station. On his way, he will be accompanied by regulars C-3P0 and R2-D2, as well joined by newcomers, the children of Leia and Han Solo, and a brand new character, a loveable Ewok holocaust survivor, who shows that just because one's forest moon is destroyed in a bath of flames from the sky, a positive outlook can result in anything being possible. Watch for the highly demanded return of Cindel Towani, the star of Ewoks: The Battle for Endor as the manager of the Toshe Station power converter store!
posted by Atreides at 4:41 PM on January 10 [2 favorites]


Watch for the highly demanded return of Cindel Towani, the star of Ewoks: The Battle for Endor as the manager of the Toshe Station power converter store!

I guess the journalism gig went south? Or is that one of the parts of the EU that the Continuity Council is going to be jettisoning like a malfunctioning lifepod?
posted by radwolf76 at 1:28 PM on January 11


I think this is my very favorite.

That was one of the ones I hadn't seen before and it's one of my new favorites.
posted by immlass at 2:57 PM on January 11


Gotta love behind the scenes shots. Though sadly this is without Wookie commentary.
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:36 PM on January 11


I just realised something....

All the behind the scenes shots from the new movies are going to be old folks standing around in front of lurid green screens.
posted by Mezentian at 11:00 PM on January 11


Destroy all Monsters: Stop JJ Abrams
posted by nubs at 11:30 AM on January 17


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