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Empire Strikes Back - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' images thread — Page 2

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Screenshots from the only ESB related footage in TN1’s 16mm scan of “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga”













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I think the SE Wampa snuck in there. 😉

It’s a shame the original Wampa suit didn’t look so hot when walking, because just standing around it’s terrifying.

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I just randomly found this great imgur album with lots of ESB photos. I’ll post some of the best ones. Her’es the link to the abum; https://imgur.com/a/g6dVt

I’ll try my best to not post photos that’s already been posted before.





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BTW, does anyone know why they didn’t build the entire set for some of these shots, like in the photo above? Al the windows are clearly there in some BTS photos, and its really obvious (pre-SE anyway) that all but the central window has been added in post when you watch the actual movie.

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And a BTS photo from a deleted scene I had no idea existed. EDIT: Seem like this photo is actually from the making of a 1996 Hasbro VCR/board game.

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ZkinandBonez said:


When seated Darth Vader looks far less imposing! (Quite ridiculous actually)

Han: Hey Lando! You kept your promise, right? Not a scratch?
Lando: Well, what’s left of her isn’t scratched. All the scratched parts got knocked off along the way.
Han (exasperated): Knocked off?!

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ZkinandBonez said:

BTW, does anyone know why they didn’t build the entire set for some of these shots, like in the photo above? Al the windows are clearly there in some BTS photos, and its really obvious (pre-SE anyway) that all but the central window has been added in post when you watch the actual movie.

I’m assuming that middle shot is from ROTJ? They built the entire bridge for Jedi but only the single window for Empire (as far as I know).

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The shot of Vader at a console may be from that VHS/Board game that came out in the 90’s?

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Shopping Maul said:

ZkinandBonez said:

BTW, does anyone know why they didn’t build the entire set for some of these shots, like in the photo above? Al the windows are clearly there in some BTS photos, and its really obvious (pre-SE anyway) that all but the central window has been added in post when you watch the actual movie.

I’m assuming that middle shot is from ROTJ? They built the entire bridge for Jedi but only the single window for Empire (as far as I know).

Ah, that makes sense. The person who uploaded all the photos to imgur had it among the ESB photos so I just assumed it was from that movie.

Still an odd thing to do though. I can’t imagine adding a few more windows would have cost them much, seems more like the kind of budget cut you’d do for a TV series not a big blockbuster movie.

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ZkinandBonez said:

Shopping Maul said:

ZkinandBonez said:

BTW, does anyone know why they didn’t build the entire set for some of these shots, like in the photo above? Al the windows are clearly there in some BTS photos, and its really obvious (pre-SE anyway) that all but the central window has been added in post when you watch the actual movie.

I’m assuming that middle shot is from ROTJ? They built the entire bridge for Jedi but only the single window for Empire (as far as I know).

Ah, that makes sense. The person who uploaded all the photos to imgur had it among the ESB photos so I just assumed it was from that movie.

Still an odd thing to do though. I can’t imagine adding a few more windows would have cost them much, seems more like the kind of budget cut you’d do for a TV series not a big blockbuster movie.

Apparently there was a concern that Ralph McQuarrie’s bridge design with the different sizes and angles of the windows might be too expensive to build. Some of Joe Johnston’s ESB storyboards show a simplified version with rectangular windows instead. I guess they compromised by choosing McQuarrie’s design but executing it mostly via matte paintings.

“That Darth Vader, man. Sure does love eating Jedi.”

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Looks like Leia’s Hoth hairstyle may have been different originally, with two long dangling plaits instead of a crown braid.

Never seen this concept art for Vader’s meditation sphere before.

Asteroid weaving.

Interesting to see that Luke’s jacket under his flight harness is detailed to be camera-ready.

Frank Oz with an early Yoda design that more resembles the Ralph McQuarrie/Joe Johnston sketches.

Yoda with legs! (The outfit was worn by Deep Roy.)

The “evil tree” became the “evil cave”.

Seems they tried using a puppet Luke head for the cave sequence and it looked obviously fake, so they went with having Mark Hamill stick his head in a diorama.

This droid is ALIVE!

“That Darth Vader, man. Sure does love eating Jedi.”

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This one’s pretty interesting. Those markings weren’t on the helmet in the finished film so I’m guessing this is from a costume test or something like that.

Always fun to see Jim Henson in SW photos.